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Old 30 October 2006, 12:34   #1
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Okay; Let's start some action here...

Introductions, anyone?

Let's see who's here, where we are, and what we do:


John Yasaki
Oakland, California

Boating primarily in Monterey Bay area for scuba diving (photography, mostly; with some sightseeing and a bit of hunting thrown in.)

Running a trailered 17.5' Polaris Inflatable aluminum hulled RIB with a Yamaha F115.

Nicetomeetcha!

jky
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Old 30 October 2006, 12:51   #2
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What about adding a picture. Lets say a US version of the RIBNET thread Lets see your Rig then...

I know some US boats are on that thread.
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Old 30 October 2006, 13:37   #3
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Boat name: Froggy
Make: Avon SeaRider
Length: 4m +
Engine: Johnson 50
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Yup...I barely qualify

for a North American Fourm....I'm closer to Venezuela than Miami but I'm in!!!

Tomas in Christiansted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands. We're the wackiest 84 square miles of real estate on the planet. The saying here is, "If you liked the sixth grade you're gonna love this place". A loaf of bread costs more than a fifth of rum!

My rig is a nine year old 4.7 m Avon SeaRider with a 50 Johnson. We are all big water here, the reach is to Africa. I dive, explore and fish off my boat, the largest catch is a 47# Wahoo so far. I try to work up East when offshore to have the wind bring me back home. With a single engine, if you crap out you're looking at an ugly 30 day float to Costa Rica! I'm big on cell phone/handheld VHF/Flares/and Prayers and a good stash of water at all times!

It's a good damn thing I don't have twin engines or I would wander further than good sense dictates...

Tomas
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Old 30 October 2006, 16:43   #4
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Boat name: Lunar Eclipse
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Here's my ride

18 foot Alliance (defunct RIB company from Florida)

We use it for scuba diving, fishing, crabbing, touring, and a sailboat regatta chase boat all around the Oregon, Washington and BC.

Tasarsailor
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Old 30 October 2006, 16:53   #5
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Don't have any later pics of my boat (sheer laziness for the most part.)

Here's a couple from when I took delivery, a year and a half ago:


jky
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Old 30 October 2006, 17:04   #6
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nice Polaris! I really like their work. If we ever replace our boat (not likely) they are definately the prime candidate. Do you know what your hull weight is. Mine is about 1000 lbs fully rigged and the y115 can push me to about 35-37 knots on flat water with a 17" prop. I was always curious if a similar boat in Aluminum needed the y150.
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Old 30 October 2006, 21:51   #7
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another Limey!

Ex-Brit who started playing with SIB's ,while teaching school in Plymouth.
Moved to San Diego 18yrs ago and wanted to combine hobbies of photography and playing around in the water.
Run a 5.5m XS -Rib called "Bayshots" with 90 Suzuki .Do a lot of "Volunteer " photography for Maritime Museum and Coast Guard Aux.and recently started to try and make it pay and formed the website,
www.Bayshots.com
Work full time job for Macy's/ Bloomingdales Tech. support .
Have two great kids, who are into anything that gets them wet (and luckily a wife that tolerates it )
cheers Dal
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Old 31 October 2006, 03:25   #8
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John Klingel
Fairbanks, AK

I use my boat to fish and hunt. Here is a shot (no pun intended) from a brown bear hunt in SE AK. Ribcraft 6.5 meter w/ a 150 Honda. Max 42 mph at WOT. Just got it last spring, and no dents... yet. Hope the pic makes it; never done one before. j
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Old 31 October 2006, 03:35   #9
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why aluminum?

Because sometimes the tide goes out and we had no way to anchor out. So, we just let it sit.
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Old 31 October 2006, 08:45   #10
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Bryan Peterson
Fairfield, Iowa and as much time in Hawaii as possible!

I have a Zodiac Hurricane 733 that I used for a circumnavigation from 1992-1994 (pictures attached). I occasionally exhibit the boat and make related presentations, but satisfy my RIB habit mostly by reconditioning ex-military RIBs for resale. I currently have another Hurricane 733, an Avon 5.4, and am just about to finish work on a 30' Novamarine that will be used as a commercial dive boat in Hawaii.
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