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Old 03 March 2005, 18:47   #1
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I'm interested to find out who makes the cheapest (regardless of quality) RIB hull i could buy of at least 5.5/6m in lenght.
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Thanks for the PM's guys, i was rather hoping for a discussion on this subject... i'm not really thinking of buying a budget RIB but it is something i was chatting about the other day - how expensive RIB hulls (hulls = complete boat with no engine or trailer etc.) are compared to hard boats.
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Thanks for the PM's guys, i was rather hoping for a discussion on this subject... i'm not really thinking of buying a budget RIB but it is something i was chatting about the other day - how expensive RIB hulls (hulls = complete boat with no engine or trailer etc.) are compared to hard boats.
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Old 04 March 2005, 05:19   #6
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Well you should have said that in the first place making me waste my time sending you a perfectly good PM !

Slim Tim seems to have a cost effective solution, using one of Steve the Boats hulls you'd probably find a lot of information re the comparitive costs of Ribs V Hardboats on Mr. Fullers organ. A humber hull only starts to get dear when you have start adding the bits On but a bare hull and tubes is attractively priced

Apart from the costs what surprises me is the length of time a RIB takes to fit out after it has been tubed and how much money is tied up during that process.

Also I guess the hull for a hardboat is no more dificult to produce than a Rib hull, but you don't have the expense of tubing. So yep I agree that Ribs are pretty pricey for what is in fact little more than a dinghy with an Ego
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As a very rough rule of thumb the costs are split 2/3rds for tube and 1/3rd for the hull moulding in the case of most basic RIBs upto around 7.5mtrs.

So if your hull costs say 2000.00 a set of Hypalon tubes could be getting on for 4000.00 (remember you still need to take into account seats & console etc!)
- you can build a lot of topside and deck moulding on a hard boat for 4000.00!
Hence the apparent disparity of hard boat versus rib prices.
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i think www.itsshit.com probebly make the chepest regardles of quality
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confused?

Pardon me, but am I confused here? Are we not trying to compare different animals? I only know what the guts of a few aluminum RHIBs look like, but there is no comparison between the guts (stringers, etc) of the alum RHIBs I've looked at and the guts (if you will) of a normal alum boat. Are fiberglass "regular" boats as beefed up inside as the alum RHIBs? I've only been inside one 42' fiberglass boat, and it did not seem to have much in the way of stringers, cross-braces, etc. Further, I don't know of any "regular" aluminum boats, in the 5 to 6 meter range, that have a 3/16" or 1/4" hull, plus all the stringers, etc. Most alum hulls I see/own are 120 to 125 thousands thick. Don't know jack about "regular" glass boats. Comments?
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