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Old 06 February 2009, 00:59   #1
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Questions about US built Ribcrafts

So are Ribcraft boats fully constructed in the US or are they just assembled in the US ?
Are the tubes really made in the US by Ribcraft in MA or by another company or just finished with trim and attached to the hull in the US.
I found an interesting article online about Ribcraft selling a metal hull RIB to their own towns Dockmaster in Marblehead. It stated that the Dockmaster complained about very new hull having some major issues. It further said that Ribcraft claimed it was due to elevated electrical current in the salt water in the harbor. Some test were conducted by MIT staff showing no more then the usual electrical current in the New England harbors waters. What was the conclusion ? The Ribcrafts built across the pond have different consoles, are the hulls and tubes different too. Who makes the toughest RIB in the US, Zodiac, Ribcraft or some other company like USMI, HBI, Willard, Aquascan ?

Why did the USCG change to Safeboats,(metal boats without inflatable tubes) are they really safer? Do RIBS offer more safety in worse sea states. Are RIBS more shock absorbing. Have there been any official test conducted ?
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Old 06 February 2009, 03:58   #2
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what you guys across the pond have got to remember is that most of the rib companies that you have don't exist over here and when you quote names we haven't heard of them, of course we know ribcraft and zodiac but just like ford cars we get totally different stuff, dont take this the wrong way but the US would rather deal with the US than europe so i'm guessing that your ribs are built there in the US. this might open a can of worms but if you want a real good rib you're going to have to come over here
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. Who makes the toughest RIB in the US, Zodiac, Ribcraft or some other company like USMI, HBI, Willard, Aquascan ?
The toughness of the RIB often has more to do with how you spec the boat that you order rather than the brand (assuming it is a high end custom manufacturer). Most of these manufacturers offer different hypalon thicknesses, different thicknesses of aluminum hulls, extra hull reinforcements specific to your intended use & so on.
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Pelican welcome to Ribnet. It might be interesting for people to read the article you found, if you can post a link to it. In terms of getting a categorical answer to the place of manufacture I would suggest emailing ribcraft rather than a public forum post (ribcraft UK do occassionally post on here - but not regularly).

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what you guys across the pond have got to remember is that most of the rib companies that you have don't exist over here and when you quote names we haven't heard of them, of course we know ribcraft and zodiac but just like ford cars we get totally different stuff, dont take this the wrong way but the US would rather deal with the US than europe so i'm guessing that your ribs are built there in the US. this might open a can of worms but if you want a real good rib you're going to have to come over here
Which is presumably why he posted in the RibNet North America forum!
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US Ribcrafts are wholly built in the US. Hulls are laid up in Maine. Tubes are cut and glued in Marblehead, and final fitting of tubes to hull is also in Marblehead.

I a local, and haven't heard of the story you refer to. I'd be surprised if that had happened and I hadn't heard about it. I almost certainly would have heard about the budget allocation! The local yacht clubs have a bunch of Ribcrafts of various sizes and seem happy with them. Glass hulls though.
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Up here in Canada, most commercial/military RIBS are Zodiac Hurricanes. I'm seeing more and more Titans. Both are built near Vancouver.

I've been in a number of Hurricanes over the years (owned two) and they are tough as nails. The Titans look substantial, but I was speaking to an RCMP Marine unit last summer that had a Titan with an aluminum hull. I asked how he liked it and his only comment was that "It wasn't a Hurricane"... I believe they are less expensive.

I've never seen a Ribcraft up here....
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Ribcraft US Story The Jamestown Press Aug 9th 2007

The story I read regarding Ribcraft US was in "The Jamestown Press" on Aug 9th 2007.

I know from time to time all manufacturers have problems. I've seen Ribcraft US boats and they look well built but we all know looks aren't everything. I'm interested in what US company makes the toughest boat and is the best value for the money. It would also be interesting to read stories about other US rib builders and how they back up there product when faced with problems with tube construction and other issues like the one mentioned in "The Jamestown Press".

I'm glad to read replies mentioning that Ribcraft US makes there boats and tubes here in the States and oversees all the steps of their building process. It's nice to have a few choices here in the US now. I hope the boats are built to the same quality and tough standards like they are in Europe, I guess we'll see.
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I found an interesting article online about Ribcraft selling a metal hull RIB to their own towns Dockmaster in Marblehead.
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The story I read regarding Ribcraft US was in "The Jamestown Press" on Aug 9th 2007.
Which would tend to suggest that the boat was built for Jamestown, RI not Marblehead, MA!

There's a series of articles on www.jamestownpress.com about the problems with this boat, and the cause seems to remain unclear. Looks like the town and Ribcraft split the repair bill 50/50 in the end.
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The Titans look substantial, but I was speaking to an RCMP Marine unit last summer that had a Titan with an aluminum hull. I asked how he liked it and his only comment was that "It wasn't a Hurricane"... I believe they are less expensive.

I've never seen a Ribcraft up here....
It would be interesting to hear more specific info from him about the differences between the Titans & Hurricanes, be it handling characteristics, build quality, ergonomics etc...
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I'm glad to read replies mentioning that Ribcraft US makes there boats and tubes here in the States.........................I hope the boats are built to the same quality and tough standards like they are in Europe, I guess we'll see.
I'm glad to see that when we collonised the US we exported our xenophobia too! Personally if I was in your shoes and looking for the toughest rib possible I would have been more confident if they were made in Yeovil, UK and exported. That said, the guys at Ribcraft are clearly not stupid and if licensing the designs and the name I am sure they have contractual protections in place to ensure that the quality meets the standards Ribcraft (UK) would expect.
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