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Old 03 March 2007, 13:53   #1
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Importing a rib.

Has anyone here had any experience importing a rib from the states? I'm looking for the pro's and con's if someone else has done it.
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Old 03 March 2007, 14:50   #2
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Isn't that a bit backwards?? There's certainly a greater selection of new and used RIBs on your side of the pond...
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All the best ones come from the States - I should know I have one.
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Old 06 March 2007, 07:24   #4
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All the best ones come from the States - I should know I have one.
And here I am, stuck with a British RIB in the US... What was I thinking!
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Has anyone here had any experience importing a rib from the states? I'm looking for the pro's and con's if someone else has done it.
Apart from the limited choice and comparitively higher price of RIB's in North America, you're problem would be CE marking for insurance/resale purposes.
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I'm not to concerned about these points, i'm more interested in the unforseen issues that become apparent (and costly) when your locked into the process of shipping the boat.

I'm hoping someone with hindsight might be able to inform a little as to potential pit falls.




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I don't know anyone who has imported a RIB, but there's an old bloke called Tony Davis who posts on Boatmad who brought a Sceptre Cat over from the States a year or two ago.

Might be worth dropping him a line. Just don't tell him it's a RIB you're looking at.

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Apart from the limited choice and comparitively higher price of RIB's in North America, you're problem would be CE marking for insurance/resale purposes.
Technically you need a CE mark just to own a RIB or any other leisure boat actually!
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cookee is right, other than your vat/duty payment on arrival you should have boat ce marked - however, there is no one enforcing this. problem is that if you sell it and a couple of owners down the line there is an accident and no ce marking the importer can be liable.
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I'm more interested in what you consider "all the best RIB's".

Unless you're talking about pork ribs, I think you're suffering from geographical inversion syndrome.

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looking into the whole CE issue, if I can't body swerve it with no risk, i'll do something about it.



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You can now get CE marking done in the us - about 1/4 the price of certian "companies" in the UK who charge 2000...
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You can now get CE marking done in the us - about 1/4 the price of certian "companies" in the UK who charge 2000...
That's interesting - who by?
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Technically you need a CE mark just to own a RIB or any other leisure boat actually!
Err no, you don't....... If that was the case you wouldn't be able to import it into the country.

It's all very confusing, and at times seems utter bo***x.Quite a few companies now offer an RCD package in the States, for not alot of money, although companies like CE Proof in the UK aren't that expensive. I've just been quoted 1400 by them to "CE" a 28 foot yankee sportscruiser. I can't really understand how they go about it though.

How for example, could a boat be post build certificated by a 3rd party without the relevant build log, batch no's etc. If your a builder your supposed to take temp and humidity reading twice a day in the w/shop, yet you can for example have a totally unknown 10 year old boat built overseas Ce'd for a couple of grand! Also, if you do a home build, it's exempt, although you can't sell it for 7 years (that may be less now, haven't been to a recent seminar)
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