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Old 22 February 2005, 17:05   #1
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Caribe Ribs

Does anyone have any experience of Caribe RIBs? I've visited their websites for their US and Venezuela HQs but hope that someone maybe had some hands on knowledge of them. The reason for my interest is I've been offered a good price on a fun runabout (DL12 with 25HP Johnson 4 Stroke) to use out in the caribbean where I'll be working soon. I would appreciate the benefit of the vast expertise out there on RIBnet
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Old 22 February 2005, 17:15   #2
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Hi ScuB and welcome to the forum. If you do a search on this site you'll find a few opinions to have a read of while waiting for replies. HTH
P.S. Lucky you working in the Caribbean!
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Old 22 February 2005, 17:31   #3
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Hi

I was told of some problems in the earlier days with transoms cracking, but i belive they put some supports on later models.

I think Polymarine in Conwy are the UK Importer.

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Old 22 February 2005, 19:44   #4
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Scub,
I checked these out at several dealers over here when I was in the market for a RIB(Before buying my XS )
The one I looked at particularly was the DL15 as they had a deal on a boat show model.
The RIB seemed very well put together. The overall finish was very good ;however should be as these are often high end Yacht tenders over here.The DL had all the bells and whistles with even ice cooler and fresh water shower built in!
Apart from that fact ; the tube fabric and fittings seemed very substancial and heavy duty and the lighter grey color good in the sun.
Overall seemed great boat. The only thing for me was the "tender deck layout" and not really being open enough for our family's activities.Also the price over here was very high!!!
Nice boat for caribbean use though! Should be worth a look,
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Old 22 February 2005, 21:22   #5
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Several years ago I toured their factory in Venezuela. The product they produced at that time was of very high quality, and the commitment of those who worked their was impressive. The comments I've heard in the US since then have been universally positive. But...I don't have any first hand knowledge of recent builds.
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Thanks Guys

Thanks very much for the contributions, sounds like I could do worse than this RIB, does anyone have any idea what sort of performance I can expect from the 12 foot model with the 25 HP Johnson four stroke in terms of speed and fuel consumption? (with the ice locker full of rum and coke... )
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