Hello Rib.net peoples,
I am one of the owners of Ribshield and I would never usually get involved in public discussions about our products however I thought this time, for fun, I would :0)
@ Nos4r2, I think I remember you visiting the stand, Tall, young chap, long fair hair and possibly glasses? If that is you then I distinctly recall that you were on and off the stand within 30 seconds. You asked how much it was, then made a comment about being better off buying a new cabin rib altogether and then left. My partner and I even commented on how brief it was.
So I think it only fair that I offer a few answers to your questions. The £6,500 is indeed including vat. It also included our own console, which gives access to the cuddy. However this is not mandatory. If you did not want our console and we are fitting the shield around your existing one, then the price is £5,000 incl vat/fitting. If you didn't want the interior lining and wanted a flo coat finish, then that also brings the price down even more... and so and so on.... (We're good like that)
Now with regards to the height issue. Nos4r2, you didn't ask if we could increase the height?! Well voila we can. We have an extendable mould so the height range is from 185 to 205cm. We certainly wouldn't want you banging your head on the roof every time you went out for a spin :0) By the way, it wasn't a "giant cut away part" you saw. The ribshield can come with or without side panels. Offering an enclosed or open helm area while still getting head on protection.
(Everyone wants to be a Hugo Montgomery-Swan)
With regards to another comment made on this thread about ones electrics having to be "ripped apart" when we fit one of our shields around an existing console. This statement is simply nonsense. There is no ripping of electrics anywhere on any of our projects, ever! We have a highly experienced electrical engineer who carry's out not only the fitting of the shield but also all electrical works. On that note by the way, there is always easy access given to the electrical area of a console as well as fuel tanks.
My father, partners and I have been building grp boats and cabins for over 40 years. (myself for 20 years) And yes this our first real commercial "production line product". It is 100% perfect for all, no. Will it suit everyone, of course not. There is no one rib on the market which suits everyone so we cant expect to satisfy everyone either. It does however work, it does get very well and professionally fitted and comes with a 10 year warranty for peace of mind. More than that though, it does fill an increasing need in the boating market, in northern Europe particularly, to give more people the opportunity to get themselves and their families out on the water for more days of the year. This is the way the rib market is going and rib manufacturers will to need to catch up and start producing sensibly priced cabins ribs. Until then we will happily do our best to refurbish your vessel into something the whole family can enjoy. (especially the wives!)
Some people think our price point is a high. (£3,000 - £6,500) Let me tell you that GRP manufacturing is an expensive and highly skilled yet dying profession. Not as many youngsters are getting into the game as there used to be. However at ribshield we genuinely do our best to work within our clients budgets. We actually carry out more bespoke cabin work than the ribshield prefabricated range and these clients can often pay double the ribshield prices.
All the above fun aside, we do take on all of your comments here of course and just know that the ribshield has other versions already in development to widen the range and to hopefully satisfy more good people like yourselves.
Many thanks for reading