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Old 23 October 2006, 09:25   #61
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You are SO right - along with our Commonwealth allies of course!!!
You are correct Sir! I did not mean to neglect the contributions or sacrifices made by our allies, no less important, and certainly not forgotten, Canada, Australia, Russia, China and others, In fact, if I start to expound on it, this could turn into a quite long post...
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Old 23 October 2006, 09:43   #62
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along with our Commonwealth allies of course!!!

Damn straight.
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Old 24 October 2006, 23:55   #63
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And that does not consider the multitude of smaller inland lakes Canada abounds with, you guys definitely win the prize for the most, no doubt!
These are our mosquito-breeding areas. We're going to start to export them to solve the problem of world hunger. Some of them are the size of cormorants!
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Old 28 October 2006, 23:43   #64
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Too many cheap glass boats in the U.S.

At least in the Chesapeake region, the real reason everyone isn't mad for ribs has a lot to do with the number of used, cheap glass boats available. It seems like there's a fiberglass boat in everyone's back yard. Ribs are tougher to find, and generally much more expensive. Most ribs in Annapolis are on the stern of a sailboat or a sportfishing boat. As long as Brunswick keeps pumping out cheap chop-hull boats, I'm not sure Ribs will catch on. Wiith that said however, I'm looking forward to running my Ambar diesel/jet across the flats on the eastern bay next spring. That's providing I can get the turbo rebuilt in my Yanmar. ARGHHH!!! Cheers

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Old 27 November 2006, 20:42   #65
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not many in new hampshire water

I have been diving for 25 years and always drool when I see a rib. Bought my 18 footer this fall off Pat Dempsey (grey's anatomy, he is from ME) The only large ribs I have seen is the coast guard and our marine patrol in the waters here.
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Old 28 November 2006, 02:25   #66
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interesting thread

Informative thread. I think RHIBS have not caught on in the US for a variety of reasons, all of which have been mentioned. Not yet, anyway, but they are appearing more and more, and when more people see what they can do (allegedly) the fire will start. BTW: A place on the West Coast is negotiating w/ Ribcraft USA (Marblehead, Mass) about being a dealer for them. That puts Ribcraft, Polaris, Safeboats, and NW Marine all in that general area. (Others?) Good start. BTW: I am in Fairbanks, far from anything, yet near nothing. Can't wait for it to thaw out again.... in the meantime, I'll have to read about y'alls adventures. later. j
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Old 28 November 2006, 16:49   #67
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That puts Ribcraft, Polaris, Safeboats, and NW Marine all in that general area. (Others?)
Hurricane is right there as well. They don't really seem to be interested in the consumer market though. There are off-the-shelf RIBs available from Zodiac already.

I toured their plant about 10 years ago and the boats really are pretty much made by hand which is tremendously expensive I suppose... As I recall, the hulls are manufactured elsewhere and shipped in.
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Old 28 November 2006, 19:36   #68
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There are off-the-shelf RIBs available from Zodiac already.
Zodiac categorizes their RIBS into a 'recreational' line (yacht tenders, Pro, Pro open, CZ7) and a 'professional' line (Hurricane, SRO, SRMN & Ribster). With the notable exception of the CZ7, (which is basically a fully loaded Hurricane), the rest of their RIBs within the recreational line are built for economy (eg. thermobonded PVC tubes) to a lower quality standard than their professional line.
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Aren't all hypalon boats "built by hand"? At least the tubes are... No automation, as far as I'm aware.

Are there any automated glass operations going? I always thought the laying up of hulls was primarily a hands-on job, but that was just a guess.

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Old 29 November 2006, 17:36   #70
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Yup correct. Maybe Rotomoulded boats and suchlike are mass produced but anything else is hand built. Some people use chopper guns and spray layup etc but the best boats are always handbuilt. Remember volumes are much lower than in the car industry.
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