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Old 16 July 2009, 17:37   #31
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Sorry if I seem negative about RIBquest the history is here on this thread.

They were also in to copying well know manufacturers hulls.

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Sorry if I seem negative about RIBquest the history is here on this thread.

They were also in to copying well know manufacturers hulls.
Have you had a look at any of the RIBs made by the new Ribquest company?

Apart from buying a badly tarnished brand name, as far as I have seen they're doing things pretty well.
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Old 17 July 2009, 17:19   #33
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I must admit when I first started looking at RIBS a few years ago (I'm a bit of a slow starter) I was very pleased there was a RIB manufacturer only 400 yards from my front door. By the time I got (a little) closer to (thinking about) buying one, they'd been bought by a firm in Sheffield, a town not any more linked with boat building than Denton.

There was a statement on their website recently concerning a boat made by the original company. In it, it was stated that a boat that had been used by a Motor Boat magazine had been involved in an incident whereby the seat being used by the driver had come loose and at least one person was thrown overboard.

The article did say there was a possiblity the seat had been removed by a third party after
the magazine had sold it on and therefore it couldn't be assertained who was at fault.

I think.

Of course I may have got some, or most of that wrong. Oh, by the way, I don't have enough money to be worth sueing for libel.
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Have you had a look at any of the RIBs made by the new Ribquest company?

Apart from buying a badly tarnished brand name, as far as I have seen they're doing things pretty well.
i agree with your mr kennett sir..they are doing things pretty well i,m looking forward to taking domino when shes finnished to show jono might even offer to take him to the new factory think he might be impressed with there setup as long as he buys lunch ..!!
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Old 20 July 2009, 05:50   #35
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I had a look and Demo on the 2 Ribquests that were at Seawork, one outboard and one fitted with a Jetpac.
Both boats were well built and finished both above and below deck level from what I could see. I was very impressed with the detail given to the wiring etc with top quality materials used- The guy who now owns the company used to run rally cars and it is evident in the finish.
The boats ran well for their size and if I was in the market for that size then I would be seriously looking at them.
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I had a look and Demo on the 2 Ribquests that were at Seawork, one outboard and one fitted with a Jetpac.
Both boats were well built and finished both above and below deck level from what I could see. I was very impressed with the detail given to the wiring etc with top quality materials used- The guy who now owns the company used to run rally cars and it is evident in the finish.
The boats ran well for their size and if I was in the market for that size then I would be seriously looking at them.
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Andy what was your impression of the jetpac? I like the idea of them but I'm just not sure if the implementation suits ribs.

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Haven't we been down this thread before? seem to remember writing the following

"Ive had a 5.8 since 2006 which was one of the originals from Manchester, its coded and has been used as a back up boat for the last 3 years, the console and twin jockey seats were very poor quality and cracked after very little use, the hull/transom was supposedly rated to 150hp we fitted a Honda 135 etec and found that with less than 3 people the hull tends to twist, they could only get better !!!!"

But there again shower trays flex when you stand in them or am I just overweight.

To be fair though ive had no expierience with the ones made in Sheffield
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Saw a ribquest in the flesh this weekend (breifly) and it looked to a much much higher finish than the 1st model i saw at Ribex 5+ yrs ago.
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I'm sure RIB International have reviewed a couple of boats from the new company in Sheffield (well, Dronfield) and I seem to remember they were very complementary. Well built, well finished and good performance. I must say, from the pictures I was quite taken by them.
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I have seen one in the flesh ealier this year- being demo'd/ tested with the new buyer on the local lake. From what I saw it was well finished and used some good quality fittings and fixings. ......
The MD of the compnay was with him and happy to talk to us about the build etc even though he knew we were not in the market for one > seemed a nice guy who was proud of his product.
Only mho and I have no connection > apart from living 2 miles away !
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