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Old 01 June 2006, 13:13   #31
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I also just bought an all black Ribcraft 5.85 here in the U.S. all i get is wierd looks like im some kind of special ops unit heh. I acutaly once saw 2 boats racing, coming towards me, they passed me, i turned around, beat them both, then they stopped and just stared at me in amazment heh...
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Old 01 June 2006, 16:31   #32
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Ther are companies just over the US border in Canada that make some fantastic RIB`s, and fit UK made sponsons. Try looking up Liquid Metal Marine on Vancouver Island. Thier boats can be custom built to suit your every desire!
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Old 02 June 2006, 06:11   #33
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black tubes get cooked by the sun and do not last. so try to keep it out of the sun when your not in it, it'll last and stay lookin nice longer for ya.

been sellin ribs and inflatabels hear in the US for about 10yrs or so, guess got my own thoughts.
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Old 02 June 2006, 07:11   #34
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haha yea they sure do cook
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Old 03 June 2006, 10:25   #35
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Is it better to put sunscreen on the boat? (I think mithos or someone said it on the forums) Or a 303 product for sun protection?
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Old 04 June 2006, 02:51   #36
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Originally Posted by Liverbird
I wouldnt go out in one,a fella said to me.(ha ha ha)
To which i replied ......

When there is a bad storm and everyone else is coming back to shore or going in to shelterd waters ,what type of boat are the coast guard going out in ?
I tried to tell him that my small 15 ft rib probably had just as much weight capacity as his 22ft hard boat and was much more sea worthy.But he still wasnt having any of it.
Just spent last weekend on the Delaware river with my kids. We camp with a fold down camper that I pull with a Ranger pick up. Unpacked the camper and then unpacked the truck. Took out the boat and started inflating it. Snapped the boat trailer together[Seitech Boat Dolly]. Hooked up the engine and rolled down the path to the boat ramp. Got all kind of looks from other campers. Could not understand all of the people asking the same type of questions about the boat.

"Is that thing safe for the river"

"I would not take my kids to far out in that thing"

The next day a spent 4 hours pulling the kids on the tube. Then people told me things like.

"what a great idea that is"

"thats better then a jet ski, you can put your whole family in it"

"can you also take that out on the ocean"

I can say for sure that I won more then a few people over that weekend.
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Old 04 June 2006, 08:06   #37
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the best part is when someone asks you what kind of boat you have. they're expecting to hear boston whaler or another big company, instead you say you have an inflatable. Then they look at you and say o only a dinghy, and you say nope..an inflatable...
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Old 04 June 2006, 09:13   #38
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Yamaha already owns several boat company's. Cantieri Capelli is one of those. They make RIB's from 3.6m to 9m. http://www.cantiericapelli.com/ing/prod.htm

The same for Mercury who owns LodeStar, Valiant, ...
http://www.marinepower.com/products

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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.

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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Old 09 June 2006, 11:17   #39
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Who makes this ?
I know that Ribcraft now has a US group out here.I was looking at the Ribcraft at the NY boatshow last year,but the guy who was on their stand was a absolute DICK !! he just completely put me off.So i went a bit further and met some really nice customer friendly people on the Caribe stand.
I hope many more companies start building and selling ribs here.

RIBCRAFT USA have been in business for about six or so years, and make an excellent boat. I have personally had great experiences with all of them. Incredible customer service and individual attention. I was so shocked to hear your comment about one of them at a NYBoat show, I inquired to my sales guy, and learned that RIBCRAFT USA have not yet exhibited at a NY boat show. Perhaps you were mistaken and are thinking about another manufacturer?

I have only good things to say about RIBCRAFT USA. When you are ready for an upgrade I would highly consider contacting them. After all, they are located right in Boston.
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Old 09 June 2006, 11:18   #40
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the best part is when someone asks you what kind of boat you have. they're expecting to hear boston whaler or another big company, instead you say you have an inflatable. Then they look at you and say o only a dinghy, and you say nope..an inflatable...

Hey Choppy, it's a RIB, not an inflatable. We need more guys like you out here on the east coast educating the hard sided crowd
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