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Old 08 January 2016, 18:05   #1
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18' aluminum hull RIB?

I'm looking for an ~ 18' aluminum hull RIB. I need something lightweight, fairly seaworthy, and with an aluminum hull to beach ~ 10 times a day with a crew of 2-3. Does anyone make something like this?

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Old 08 January 2016, 18:31   #2
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Don't know if Highfield have made it to the states. In Europe Honda + Highfield have a partnership.

Although beaching any boat 10 times a day is gonna cause wear.

What you beaching on? Sand? Gravel? Rock? Same beaches? No option for a pontoon?
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We will be using the boats to access islands to collect various samples along the coast in the arctic. Most of the beaches are sand/gravel.
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OK so the MO sounds logical - can't have a pontoon installed on every beach in advance!

Why a RIB would be my next question. I'm particularly thinking why INFLATABLE rather than a Rigid Bouyant Boat instead - so a polyethylene version of a RIB for instance. IMHO thats more durable than a powder coated aluminium hull will be...
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Sounds more like a job description for an assault boat - something on the lines of a Rigid Raider.
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Thanks much for the ideas! I certainly love the concept of the RBB, but I've only seen larger versions. Does anyone know of any manufactures that make 16-18' models?
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Thanks much for the ideas! I certainly love the concept of the RBB, but I've only seen larger versions. Does anyone know of any manufactures that make 16-18' models?
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That's a bit bigger than mine and I've never seen one that size in person. Probably not as big a v hull as many ribs that size so if likely to be used in seriously challenging conditions I'd want to get a sea trial somewhere first.

The smaller poly boats compare well with small ribs and sibs. The concept should adapt well to bigger stuff, and there are certainly some used by fish farms around Scotland.

For what was described I'd also consider pioner multi - its mini landing craft style bow could be particularly nice for getting on and off beaches without getting in the cold Arctic water! That will definitely suffer from slamming in big waves though.
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I'm looking for an ~ 18' aluminum hull RIB. I need something lightweight, fairly seaworthy, and with an aluminum hull to beach ~ 10 times a day with a crew of 2-3. Does anyone make something like this?

Thanks much!
Polaris Inflatables (I've got one), A few others (would have to search to find who's still in business. SAFE Boat does as well, I believe.

Be aware that most aluminum RIB's in the US and Canada are built to spec (and priced to match.)

Where exactly are you going to be? Work, I assume? Might need to research USCG requirements for commercial boats (something I know very little about.)

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I'm looking for an ~ 18' aluminum hull RIB. I need something lightweight, fairly seaworthy, and with an aluminum hull to beach ~ 10 times a day with a crew of 2-3. Does anyone make something like this?

Thanks much!
i dont know if any one makes boats made of HDPE over the pond but i have a company local to me called searoverboats uk fish farms use them a lot bullet proof.

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