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Old 11 September 2005, 02:14   #11
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Old 13 September 2005, 14:13   #12
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Depending on whether you are looking for something off an assembly line or custom built.
Some of the major manufacturers/brands in the US/canada market are:
Achilles
Apex
Aquascan (ft. lauderdale fl based)
Avon
Brig (Ontario)
Caribe (miami based)
Dux (michigan)
Mercury (Wisconsin)
Nautica (Davie, Fl)
Novurania (vero beach, fl)
Polaris (B.C.- Canada)
Ribcraft (Massachusets)
Zodiac

We should have a complete company profile listing up on the magazine's website by the end of this coming weekend. That might help.

Welcome to the light side by the way- you've chosen a good path to take in the boating world

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Old 13 September 2005, 19:12   #13
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check out Apex also.
They are made in South America I think ,but are getting a stronger support network here in the US.
I checked several models out and not too bad.

http://www.apexinflatables.com/

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Old 03 October 2005, 16:04   #14
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Interesting reading the list of supposed US RIB companies. Zodiac? No, they are very French. Zodiac Hurricane? Canada. AB? Apex? Built in thrid world countries.

The US list is short as far as I know:
Aquascan
Nautica
Noverania
Ribcraft
O-tech
Willard

The others are simply importers with an office here (Protector, Mercury, etc.) - hardly US companies.
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Old 04 October 2005, 01:14   #15
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http://dibboats.com/chespke.html

http://www.zumro.com
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Old 01 November 2005, 19:05   #16
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The US list is short as far as I know:
Aquascan
Nautica
Noverania
Ribcraft
O-tech
Willard
There are a few others; built-to-order aluminum welders primarily in the Northwest. Unfortunately, they also are a bit reticent to compete with the glas hull manufacturers, so they tend to concentrate on the over-24-foot market.

I had mine built by Polaris in Canada; very happy with it.

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Old 01 November 2005, 22:31   #17
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Yes , the build to order aluminium RIbs are nice, but pricey
Buddy over here has a 24ft Northwind (Seattle based ) that cost over $120,000
( they do make smaller ones though)
http://www.northwindmarine.com/ribs.html
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Old 03 November 2005, 09:36   #18
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I own a RIBCRAFT here in the US. The boats are built to order, which is great, and they are more rugged than you can imagine! Also, the customer support is great, from the sales team to the service.

Check our their new website, and build your own RIB online!
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Interesting reading the list of supposed US RIB companies. Zodiac? No, they are very French. Zodiac Hurricane? Canada. AB? Apex? Built in thrid world countries.

The US list is short as far as I know:
Aquascan
Nautica
Noverania
Ribcraft
O-tech
Willard

The others are simply importers with an office here (Protector, Mercury, etc.) - hardly US companies.
And most of these are not USA based either - just manufacturing divisions. Wonder how long it will be before the US market REALLY takes off???
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