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Old 07 October 2004, 21:05   #1
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Anyone Know anything about Bull Frogs??

I am looking to squander the last $$ of my retirement on a larger RIB and ran across this web site. The layout with a pilot house is appealing because of the protection from the elements. Does anyone have any knowlwdge about Bull Frogs? Appreciate any and all comments. Regards,


http://www.bullfrogboats.com/defender.htm


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Old 08 October 2004, 02:06   #2
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Looking at the way the "tubes" drag in the water and have a sharp bend 2/3 of the way towards the front, I would be wary of their handling!
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Old 08 October 2004, 04:37   #3
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Urggh. easy Tiger!

Wel it int a rib so we won't know much about it. But it could be the most wonderful thing on the water so give it a test drive if you want. Make sure you drive it in conditionds that are similar to those you will be operating in.

Have you considered sourcging a RIB from the UK and having it shipped over or looking at what the American military are selling off. You could get a bare Humber Ocean pro off shore (8m) or the Ocean cabin rib is very nice alternatively the Parker Cabin rib is very sweet and comes complete with twin diesels for about 60k.

Even chaeper I suspect if you sourced it in Poland and had a couple of lumps fitted in the States. Reatively cheeply and fit Engines out there. I think shipping would be a 1000 pounds.

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http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/broker/WML001
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Old 08 October 2004, 05:27   #4
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Nice to see that the Bullfrog is C130 compatible , should make an ideal alternative to trailoring the boat around the UK.
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Old 08 October 2004, 07:53   #5
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Pretty it ain't!!! I have no doubt it's as tough as old boots though - if you want a commercial boat it would be great!

Don't know how much they are but doubt they would be cheap - shipping something a bit prettier from the UK would be an option even though the $ is so weak against the at the moment - you wouldn't have to pay UK VAT of 17.5%.

As someone else pointed out source engines etc in the US.

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http://www.sportrib.com/MPL_MainFrame.htm

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