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Old 14 March 2008, 13:45   #1
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Hello,

my name is Thomas and I am new in this forum.I live in Chilean Patagonia and I am searching for a Rib to transport workers (10 + 1 crew) to salmon farmsat sea.

As new boats in the 30 foot range are extremly expensive, I thought of rebuilding a used Halmatic Arctic 28.
My plan would be to get new tubes,replace deck and if needed the plywood transom and ad a cabin.
I guess that ex navy boats are quite old and very hard used.Does a fiberglass hull withstand all this years or could one expect material fatigue and fiberglass osmosis?

Is the Arctic 28 capable to serve as a 11 person water taxi?

Would it be possible to fit 2 inboard diesels with surface drives?

I know that the Pacific range is built for inboard propulsion but I could not find any used at a good price.Anyone who knows where to find one of these boats or any other suitable boat or hull for my project, please let me know.

Thank you very much for your help and input,

greetings from Patagonia,

Thomas.
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Old 14 March 2008, 14:11   #2
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Hello,

my name is Thomas and I am new in this forum.I live in Chilean Patagonia and I am searching for a Rib to transport workers (10 + 1 crew) to salmon farmsat sea.

As new boats in the 30 foot range are extremly expensive, I thought of rebuilding a used Halmatic Arctic 28.
My plan would be to get new tubes,replace deck and if needed the plywood transom and ad a cabin.
I guess that ex navy boats are quite old and very hard used.Does a fiberglass hull withstand all this years or could one expect material fatigue and fiberglass osmosis?

Is the Arctic 28 capable to serve as a 11 person water taxi?

Would it be possible to fit 2 inboard diesels with surface drives?

I know that the Pacific range is built for inboard propulsion but I could not find any used at a good price.Anyone who knows where to find one of these boats or any other suitable boat or hull for my project, please let me know.

Thank you very much for your help and input,

greetings from Patagonia,

Thomas.
Suggest you contact "martini" on this board. BTW. I hope you do not mean surface drives, but I/O drives. If it is only going to be a taxi, then you should save some money and install one large diesel engine.
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Old 14 March 2008, 16:50   #3
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Im doing much the same thing, see my thread here.

Have you seen the cabin Pacific here?
It's a lot of money but it's a lot of boat, may be ideal for your needs.

There's also a project Arctic 28 here
but be careful, a new set of tubes for these to the same military spec will set you back around 7000

Arctic 28's are as standard kitted out for 2 crew and 8 passengers.
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Old 14 March 2008, 21:44   #5
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Im doing much the same thing, see my thread here.

Have you seen the cabin Pacific here?
It's a lot of money but it's a lot of boat, may be ideal for your needs.

There's also a project Arctic 28 here
but be careful, a new set of tubes for these to the same military spec will set you back around 7000

Arctic 28's are as standard kitted out for 2 crew and 8 passengers.
Cabin boat looks to be a helluva deal with twin diesels if everything is in good working order...
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Old 14 March 2008, 22:54   #6
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Could well be - there are quite a few people who speak Welsh in Patagonia!!!

It's a stunningly beautiful country though - would love to visit one day.

Nice to see your back on form...............
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Old 21 March 2008, 10:14   #8
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I come back from the trip on patagonian waters and I was using Halmatic Pacific 22, ex-military, made in 1986. The boat is in good condition, if You will get on mind the age and kind of treatment given to her. Hull is in very good condition. When I was going through chilean channels i ran aground (at the end of Brazo Noroeste, entrance to Channel Beagle) at night and virtually no damage was made to the hull. I can strongly recommend Halmatic boats!
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