Originally Posted by St00
Why is it boats with jets tend to be ribs in the UK, but in NZ (home of the jet?) they're usually all aluminium? Anyone got the answer?
I think there are a number of factors involved. In NZ, a lot of the boats are used inland (river-running etc) and they do bump into rocks from time to time. A dent in aluminium is a lot easier to repair than a hole in fibreglass. I was out with one guy in South Island a couple of years ago and he showed me his tool-kit ... a big hammer!
Also, there is more of a tradition of aluminium boat building in NZ. It hasn't ever caught on in the same way in the UK
There are probably other reasons too, but I think these are part of your answer