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Old 25 November 2008, 08:04   #11
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Old 25 November 2008, 08:13   #12
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I suppose to answer the question are RIBs too expensive ? - They are until you can afford to buy what you want !

If I had 150K + to spend on a boat would I buy a Rib for that much ?- no , but I am happy to spend what I have done so far on what I have. if I had 150k to spend on aRIB - I'd buy several boats to differant things with.

A 10k boat is very very expensive for some , but for others a 50k boat is not expnsive. I think its down to personal choice. You dont have to spend big big money on a boat when a used one will do the same , if not better . It may not be the right colour for you , but if its 25-50% less money can you live with it ? I know I can live with alot if its cheap enough !

Some of the known brands I think you are paying for the name when you can get somehting tthat is 90 % as good for 50% of the cash.

Or better for 50% of the cash !

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Old 25 November 2008, 12:06   #13
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I have always said the high end RIBs are overpriced for what they are. Compare a 150k cabin RIB with something like a Botnia Targa.
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Old 25 November 2008, 12:22   #14
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Originally Posted by Phil View Post
At the top (ish) end I would look to have minimal accomodation (2 berths) with decent sea keeping but not commercial; so a sort of Redbay Med if such a thing was possible

any decent clues of where to go?
Odd you should say that Phil, I think they will be announcing something soon that may satisfy your requirements.....
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Old 25 November 2008, 12:29   #15
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Originally Posted by Tim M View Post
Are they? The likes of Ribcraft, Ribeye, Avon etc don't really suggest that. To my mind theres little difference in the RIB industry to some of the motor yacht manufacturers. I can think of two manufacturers in Norfolk who produce quite a small number of boats but have well known and well respected brands. Likewise theres manufacturers like Sunseeker and Bayliner who are pumping out loads of boats. Same with RIBs really.

Really? So, based on that rather simplistic theory, there must be some very, very wealthy Rib builders out there.

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