In part thanks to all of you enjoying your RIBs and me reading about it we have taken the plung and just purchased a Ribcraft 7.8M Mitigator which we are using for work and pleasure on the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel. We already own a 30 foot Nautica ex-military twin diesel RIB which is an awesome workboat but needed a smaller, faster boat to compliment our towboat/rescue fleet.
We chose Ribcraft for several reasons and are extremely satisfied. So much so that we are working out the details on being their representive out here on the West Coast. As far as we know it is the first Mitigator on the West Coast and Zodiac which I understand copied the idea with the CZ7 doesn't even have one out here.
We are providing demo/adventure rides for any interested parties and will soon have details on our website, www.channelwatchmarine.com
. Bear with us as we build the site. It's time to show boaters here in the US the advantages of RIBs as a primary boat not just a sciff.
I will gladly answer any questions about Ribcraft or our Mitigator and must say it's an awesome boat with an incredible ride and Ribcraft was great to deal with even thought in this purchase they just handled the transaction for a private seller.
I did a lot of research on this forum and thank all who take the time to share information about RIBs. They are great boats and deserve more attention here in the US.
Captains Paul and Beverly Amaral
Channel Watch Marine, Inc.
Vessel Assist/Boat U.S.