Originally Posted by Pablo
For what it's worth, I actually agree with all of that. Selling 60 odd RIBs is good news for anybody however.
I agree entirely and I hope Ribcraft did get the deal. It is good for UK boat builders and the UK economy.
In fairness Ribcraft build a good Rib and have the advantage of having the factory close by should they need to perform some repairs/warranty/breakages or the like.
No doubt a fair number of the craft are going to be small craft with low horse power engines, similar to the ones Ribcraft produce for the Southampton Boat Show, but this is a market they understand and produce a very basic patrol boat, which is all that's required.
Redbay did not tender for the Olympics as it would upset our prodution line too much, and we do not produce some of the smaller boats that are required. but even if we had it would have been difficult to have dealt with the problems with not having the factory as close as Ribcraft. Maybe it would have been a different case had the sailing have been based in Belfast!! No doubt there would have been a few more sore heads thanks to the Black stuff!!