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Old 30 May 2006, 14:35   #21
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Codders, Codpiece, Googleprawn etc are terms of endearment for Codprawn, a hallowed and valued member of these forums who depsite not having a rib, not having ever been seen near a rib and possibly being a figment of his own imagination is happy to share his words of wisdom with the rest of us.

Garf is a different kettle of worms entirely and is the sage of all sages and receives our adulation without question and with total commitment. Amen.
Actually I DO have a RIB - and a SIB - just haven't used the RIB yet. Despite that I do have quite a bit of experience of boats in general.

As to being a figment of my own imagination that is a distinct possibility.

And the ultimate - being compared to Garfish - us fishy types should stick together!!!
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Old 30 May 2006, 14:41   #22
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As to being a figment of my own imagination that is a distinct possibility.
Sorry for getting philisophical - but aren't we all? Or possibly we all actually a figment of someone else's imigination?
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Old 31 May 2006, 04:31   #23
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Or possibly we all actually a figment of someone else's imigination?
So the truth is out at last. None of you exist.

You are all nothing but figments of my imagination!

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Thats some twisted imagination you have John!
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Old 31 May 2006, 09:14   #25
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Re: U.S. rib market

If and when the U.S. rib market takes off any potential manufacturer is going to have to deal with all the current brands doing business in the U.S. such as Zodiac, Achilles, Novurania, and of course, Nautica who build the prettiest boats out there. Northwind, Otech, Willard and Demaree compete for the commercial/military market and I am sure I missed some. If the rib market takes off conglomerates like Genmar and of course Brunswick Group (know who they are?) will likely jump in to take a big slice of the pie. Finally, you have the Asian companies who build jet skis who can easily and efficently pump out boats of high quality, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki will step in as well if the market were to explode. It seems the rib market is more of a cottage industry in Britain, with brand loyalty as a factor, the U.S. market will be a different animal. I think a boat clearly branded as made in Britain will do well given they have the marketing and financial clout similar to say, Triumph motorcycles. I would say a British made rib that is established early on as high quality would go a long way in determining successful sales.
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Fully agreee - looks like that is what Cougar and Ribcraft are doing.
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Finally, you have the Asian companies who build jet skis who can easily and efficently pump out boats of high quality, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki will step in as well if the market were to explode.
Don't know about this.

While Yamaha and Honda do big sales in motors, and all three are pretty heavily into jetskis, they have yet to offer anything more than thrill craft in actual vessels. Yamaha had a brief foray into actual boats, I believe (more of a little jet sport boat thingie, I think) that didn't go over all that well.

I doubt that either will step up and enter a market for RIB's (certainly not before an explosion takes place, in which case you'll have a bunch of other companies ahead of them.) Too much tooling up for a fairly small market. I would suspect that they would concentrate on supplying motors for other manufacturers boats, much the same as they have done (and are doing) with hard boats.

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I have a very competitive quote from Ribcraft, USA for a 7.8 with Honda 250 4 s. FOB East coast, USA, no trailer. but fully rigged, no elecronics.
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Don't know about this.

While Yamaha and Honda do big sales in motors, and all three are pretty heavily into jetskis, they have yet to offer anything more than thrill craft in actual vessels. Yamaha had a brief foray into actual boats, I believe (more of a little jet sport boat thingie, I think) that didn't go over all that well.


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Yamaha is currently building boats 21 to 23 feet, I passed a dealership the other day which had about eight new boats all branded Yamaha. I did not think to take a closer look to see how they were powered, I do believe Yamaha is looking to expand their market share with boats as they have with engines. If history is any indicator it seems where one Japanese manufacturer has seen sales success others soon follow, this is what I based my conclusions on... It wasn't all that long ago that Yamaha did not make large outboard motors, look where they are now, things change.
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I Agree with Pathalla. I have done a large amount of research in the USA on the most popular o.b. engines and would appear that the majority would buy Yamaha 4s. if they need a large engine. The big Honda's are becoming less popular, but everone likes the Verado, but not the price. Have a friend with twin Yam. 225's on a 28 foot hard cat with 2x100 gal. tanks and after 2 years he is tickled pink with them. He frequently does 150 nm. round trips in the SOC.
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