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Old 03 December 2014, 06:01   #51
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So Phil, did you manage to get a freebie or at least a discount for all your promotional work?
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Old 03 December 2014, 06:14   #52
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That would be nice John but it is just me who is enthusiastic about this product as the reason for doing the review and I will be paying for the F-Rib like anyone else. The interest first shown a couple of months ago on here is what got my interest, it simply appeals to my personal wish list, sorry if it comes across as a bloke getting a freebie and therefore pushing the product but I promise you that is not the case.

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Old 03 December 2014, 06:51   #53
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I have been interested in the type since the post came up on here. I watched the Russian videos and was impressed but most were on flat water. But after Phils post I think I will get one when the time/money is available. My wife keeps thinking that decorating the house and foreign holidays are more important! !!! Incredible! !!
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Old 03 December 2014, 08:35   #54
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Philpot - chapeau to you, very good points and I agree - the more choice the better. They are all a compromise.
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Old 03 December 2014, 09:47   #55
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That would be nice John but it is just me who is enthusiastic about this product as the reason for doing the review and I will be paying for the F-Rib like anyone else. The interest first shown a couple of months ago on here is what got my interest, it simply appeals to my personal wish list, sorry if it comes across as a bloke getting a freebie and therefore pushing the product but I promise you that is not the case.
Well I think they should be looking after you!
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Old 03 December 2014, 12:53   #56
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Folding RIB first impressions part one

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Cannot help thinking though that it tries to solve a problem that might not be there...?

Hmmm. Are you sure?
The benefits of a rigid hull, albeit shallow 'v', and still be able to fold up. Potentially considerably stiffer than a typical alumin. floor inflatable keel sib with less weight ( 48kg for a 3.6) and able to handle slightly more horsepower for size.
A commited Aerotec enthusiast here also, but think these may be worthy of serious consideration.
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Old 06 December 2014, 09:47   #57
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That winboat looks amazing. Would love to see it in action around the usa northeast (new york area). I do have a couple of questions though. Lots of dealers don't service glued boats unless they are thermowelded in usa so the 3 year warrant just covers parts?? How thick is the pvc fabric? Most higher quality pvc is 1100 denier. Did not see anything about this on the site. I also only see this boat for sale on ebay within the US so how do i get the accessories such as launch wheels and the cuddy?
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I'll be damned if this thing isn;t making all the right noises/ ticking all the right boxes for me. I have had air floors and hard (aluminum) and the thoughs of a sib/ rib hybrid is exciting. That said, i'd like to see some real world stats. How fast is it with a 15? 20? 25??? How does it handle slight chop at idle?at speed?... Rougher chop?? The Aerotec was a consideration years ago but it is MUCH harder to come by used across the pond (USA.. not far from last poster in fact). Would love to see one, better yet test ride/ drive, since the trial and error thing is getting expensive. For me the all in weight (Ali floor is heavy as all heck), the fact that it is "all in one" and manageable size folded makes storage transport easy and the fact that it will go together and take apart quick for those last minute short jaunts is ideal. I hate that it takes nearly an hr to clean, bag and tag my current 365 set up (having to take apart the floor before I can clean anything underneath. With this I can hose it down dry it off and keep moving with little apparent fuss. It seems light enough that I can even get it onto the rack of my minivan/ estate wagon for true run and gun outings! The price, though not cheap< is not at all out of proportion with what you are getting... certainly not so much as a new Aerotec..and I WANTED to buy one of those!!!
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Old 06 December 2014, 18:05   #59
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I can't help you guys over the pond regarding supplies but I am sure if the price / carriage etc was okay, they could be shipped from the UK after all, I buy stuff via ebay from the USA.
The PVC is 1100 denier

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Folding RIB first impressions part one

Phil, thanks for your review. A friend of mine inquired about the f330 model and was quoted 4000$. They have to be smoking crack if they think their boat are worth that. Zodiac sells folding transom ribs for same price but use thermoweld instead of the cheap hand glue. 2-2500 ok but not 4k they can keep it
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