Originally Posted by snowsports1
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