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Old 18 September 2010, 17:38   #31
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Old 18 September 2010, 17:39   #32
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Old 18 September 2010, 17:43   #33
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I have to say .... a guy comes on here looking for advice and you loons cant get a word out straight sorry op they'll be ok in a minute
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hee woz orlrite til hee sed heed bort a bommbard

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Old 18 September 2010, 17:50   #35
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Not bought it yet.
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Old 18 September 2010, 17:54   #36
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I have to say .... a guy comes on here looking for advice and you loons cant get a word out straight sorry op they'll be ok in a minute
Ai'm sorry, it was the game wiv the letters wot suckered me in.

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Old 19 September 2010, 03:52   #37
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not a great response to bombard then! , out of interest what are the reasons? I am struggling to make sense of the hundreds of 5m ribs. The package i have been offered is 11K new with a 60HP mariner. Can anyone suggest a better package for 11K budget?
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Old 19 September 2010, 04:23   #38
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i have a 6.2 Bombard, and its a cracker of a rib.
i have a 115HP mercury on the back.

very nice, stable and takes loads of weight without flinching

like all things (like cars etc) some love them, some dont

i for one am very happy

they use a lot of Zodiac stuff on them, so replacement valves etc are not expensive either
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Old 19 September 2010, 06:09   #39
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not a great response to bombard then! , out of interest what are the reasons? I am struggling to make sense of the hundreds of 5m ribs. The package i have been offered is 11K new with a 60HP mariner. Can anyone suggest a better package for 11K budget?
Same predicament I was in. RIB manufacturers make their profit by selling you the complete package. You could source a 60 or 70hp engine yourself and complete the fit-out yourself.

Nothing wrong with Bombard. They're owned by Zodiac, who incidentally also own Avon. Not sure if they use Hypalon or PVC materials. I know Zodiac use Hypalon for some of their leisure range, but normally use PVC (Strongan Duotex). The boat finish is normally excellent, comes with an extensive sales support structure, and has more branded accessories than you can shake a stick at. As far as I can see the Bombard Explorer DB or SB finish is basically a Zodiac Pro 500. Takes a long-shaft engine up to 70hp.

I used to have a Zodiac Pro, but sold it as it slapped in anything rough, although saying that, it felt safe and I had complete confidence in its build. However a lot will depend on where you're planning to go, weather conditions, number of people on board, etc. Like you, I stayed under the 5m mark as it has to be garaged. I will post pictures of the Ribcraft when I get a minute.

RIBS on my shortlist included:
Humber Ocean Pro 5m (2.1m beam)
Ribcraft 4.8m commercial
Ribquest 4.8m commercial
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Old 19 September 2010, 06:28   #40
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Nothing wrong with Bombard.
Possibly, but I'd rather invest my 11k in something that was really good rather than "nothing wrong".
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