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Old 08 April 2011, 09:51   #1
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A really good RIB magazine!

I've received a couple of complimentary editions of what seems to be an excellent monthly RIB magazine.

It's big and glossy, with 180 pages plus a 50 page buyer's guide. There are four or five detailed boat reports in each issue, and lots of trip reports and news. It's probably well written and proof-read too, but I can't guarantee that though as I don't read Italian!

The magazine is "Il Gommone"

It's a bit of a reality check about the size of the Italian RIB market compared to the UK. We may think that Britain is the hub of the RIB world (after all we invented them), but there's masses out there that we never hear about. Of course, their weather probably helps a bit.

Most of the manufacturers appearing in the mag will, at best, be vaguely familiar over here. There are a few well known names, but many we've never even heard of. Here's a quick scan through the ads in the latest edition:

Marlin
Lomac
Abate
Zodiac
Pirelli
ZAR Formenti
BWA
Kardis
Black Fin
SACS
Flyer
4XC
Master
Solemar
Nuova Jolly
Stingher
Seabull
altmarea
Northstar
Motonautica Vesuviana
Stilmar
Noah
Mar Co
Coastal
Colbac
Novamares
LED
Joker Boat

There's a whole other world out there. Spooky!
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Old 08 April 2011, 13:52   #2
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I travel to Italy on business now and again and often pick up a copy at the airport. I find it a bit like the spoken word, the the more you hear the more you understand. After a while if you read the articles you can actually get the rough meaning. Equally spooky!
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Old 10 April 2011, 06:06   #3
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I have just spent a very productive day with Franco Castoldi at his factory where they build the Ribs. We have just purchased two 490 HC jets for our Around the World Boat. It is a massive place, very organised and spotlessly clean. No cottage industry over there.Alan P
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We have just purchased two 490 HC jets for our Around the World Boat.
downt doo itt yew nobbur

de trumpit blowwer rekkons jetts arr crapp

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Dont do it. A Rib with jets in big seas = suicide.
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Point taken . But Jets have moved on and our boat has a laden weight of 40 tons so it will behave slighly different to aplanning boat Alan P
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