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Old 28 May 2006, 20:19   #1
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RIB'S in the US

I have noticed that RIBS are becoming more and more popular over this side of the pond.I bought a new boat last year at the NY boat show and when i first went out into the water in Long Island ,Jones Beach,Fire Island area people where actually stopping me and asking stuff about 'that odd looking boat'.They actually thought it was going to burst at the slightest wave or explode any minute.When they saw the console and seats they where amazed.

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.

One day the US coast Guard sidled next to me in their Rib and began chatting.
We've never seen anyone else with one of these they said, while knocking on the foam filled collar on their Zodiac.
We chatted about the excellent capabilities of these boats and how they would not like to go out in any other type of boat now.I told them how popular they where back home in the UK and hey said it was only a matter of time before they got more popular.
Well in the whole of last summer i saw 2 other ribs.A small west marine thing with a couple of kids in and a beatiful 25ft Nouvarina (i think that how its spelt)
Now since the start of this summers season (about 3 weekends ago) i have seen 3 brand new ribs.4 If you count the additional one the coast guard have bought.

I would guess that before long there is going to be a explosion of Ribs over here. And not the type the fella thought from the marina last year.
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Old 29 May 2006, 01:37   #2
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These are made/about to be made in the US.

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Old 29 May 2006, 09:16   #3
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It is a shame the $ is so weak - otherwise British RIB makers would make a killing in the US - as it is they will have to set up over there to remain competative.

I wonder how long it will be before the Yanks start flooding our market with this new kind of boat they have just "invented"???
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Old 29 May 2006, 09:23   #4
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what is it ?

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.
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Old 29 May 2006, 10:38   #5
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I have to disagree with Codders. He usually gets things bass ackwards. The weak $ is a golden opportunity for UK RIB comapanys. The weak dollar makes set up costs low, manufacturing costs are lower than in the UK, and the market is huge and still growing. One of the reasons that RIBs are not that popular with the general public is that they are expensive compared with a comparable hard boat. However the federal, state and local government safety and rescue market is huge. The only problem is if a UK company wants to take their profits back to the UK in cash. They should use their profit dollars to purchase engines etc. and ship to UK. for that market. Soon or later they will wake up. Ribcraft has already done this, however it is a somewhat long term investment. Ok Codders, we already know that the RIB was invented by a Druid.
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I have to disagree with Codders. He usually gets things bass ackwards. The weak $ is a golden opportunity for UK RIB comapanys. The weak dollar makes set up costs low, manufacturing costs are lower than in the UK, and the market is huge and still growing. One of the reasons that RIBs are not that popular with the general public is that they are expensive compared with a comparable hard boat. However the federal, state and local government safety and rescue market is huge. The only problem is if a UK company wants to take their profits back to the UK in cash. They should use their profit dollars to purchase engines etc. and ship to UK. for that market. Soon or later they will wake up. Ribcraft has already done this, however it is a somewhat long term investment. Ok Codders, we already know that the RIB was invented by a Druid.
I find disgreeing with Googleprawn is a good default option. Its far easier to start on that premise and in the rare occasion he posts something of sense one can modify ones position accordingly.

Have to say that the time is right for a far thinking UK RIB manufacturer to start up in US or Canada IMHO. (The pic btw is of a Cougar RIB). Manufacturing costs are lower than UK for sure but distribution costs are much higher. Fr'instance I'd love to build RIBS up here in NL - low costs, pool of skilled boatbuilder etc but distribution costs to the US would add $3-5k to each boat. Manufacturing in Florida or more likely New England I think would work. Closer to target market.
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Old 29 May 2006, 11:16   #7
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Hi Alan
The ideal manufacturing location for RIBs would be Northern Mexico (Sonora)
Close to target market and has the advantages of NAFTA. We have plans in that direction. Please feel free to PM me with any ideas. Tony
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Old 29 May 2006, 11:20   #8
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Did I not say a British RIB company would have to set up in the USA to remain competitive???

Building RIBs in the UK and shipping them over is a bit of a no no as the $ is so weak. It just makes British RIBs too expensive.

Some of the big boys will be able to afford to set up in the US but many of the smaller ones wont.
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Old 29 May 2006, 11:21   #9
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I find disgreeing with Googleprawn is a good default option. Its far easier to start on that premise and in the rare occasion he posts something of sense one can modify ones position accordingly.

Have to say that the time is right for a far thinking UK RIB manufacturer to start up in US or Canada IMHO. (The pic btw is of a Cougar RIB). Manufacturing costs are lower than UK for sure but distribution costs are much higher. Fr'instance I'd love to build RIBS up here in NL - low costs, pool of skilled boatbuilder etc but distribution costs to the US would add $3-5k to each boat. Manufacturing in Florida or more likely New England I think would work. Closer to target market.
Of course you are ALWAYS right.....
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Of course you are ALWAYS right.....
Not at all, not at all. I do have the benefit of actually having owned a RIB and done a fair bit of ribbing though.
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