Originally Posted by Keith Hart
It has been a loooong time since I last posted - too busy out on my SIB to get to a computer.
Anyway, a question (I tried a search on the forum but with no result). Has anybody any knowledge of 'Tidalwave
' SIBs and RIBs please?
I went with a pal of mine to look at a s/h one for sale today. It is not a make I have heard of.
Keith (remember the brackets) Hart
On the world market now a days you can find new brands with fancy & astonishing names, you can stamp your name on any prow if you would like to start a boat sales company. If sibs/ribs are made with good quality PVC 1.2 mm fabric, will be just perfect. The manufacture is the same for all of them, all have inner bafle air compensating chambers, just a true/lie sales issue, " we are giving more than other competitors", buy from us, we have the best manufacture technology. Agree with John, the mayority brands come from China or Korea factories with the buyer trade brand stamped on it.
Definitely this brand wont use Hypalon Dupont fabric, too expensive, a good quality priced Hypalon alternative following Dupont footsteps, Orca brand, life expectacy will depend on the Hypalon thickness employed on their boats. More and more Companies are using this brand lowering boat's prices compared to same Dupont fabric prices althought the price ratio can still be 3 to 1 comparing PVC to Hypalon.
Ask the selling Company for the brand name fabric employed and it's thickness, new buyers are not aware that both fabrics can be purchased in different thickness, the thicker, the better, the longer will last, although more costly. If you are not in a hurry to buy a boat, some companies are offering the possibility to manufacture customed boats with thicker fabrics, a matter of just inquiring and willing to pay more for, including months of waiting for the boat to be manufactured and delivered to you, final chain end user.