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Old 11 October 2003, 13:44   #1
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Anyone got any experience of the Protector Ribs from New Zealand. Especially the 8.5m Cabin boats.
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Old 11 October 2003, 13:47   #2
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There was one in Dun Laoghaire for the summer Cabin, with berth below amazing boat but very lame fendering, the only flaw I could see
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Old 12 October 2003, 16:57   #3
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I went out in one of the coastguard Protector RIBs in New Zealand a couple of years ago, and was impressed with the general design and quality. It was a calm day so I couldn't really put it to the test, but from the look of the hull it should be a good sea boat.

They seem to be selling very well over there, and have distributors in Europe and the US. There is, or was, a UK demo boat on the south coast (on the Hamble I think) which would be worth looking out.

I would reckon that they are definitely worth considering.

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Old 13 October 2003, 03:56   #4
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Thanks Guys,

I am visiting the Coastguard in Auckland in December, so I am hoping to see their boat if it is not busy.
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About four years ago we were an inch away from purchasing a Protector 8.5 with twin 200HPDI's. I can tell you, the total package price including delivery (turn-key) was 28,000.00. Granted, the exchange rate was more favourable than it is now, but after spending a couple of days on one in Auckland just after they commenced operations (basically) they are a Ray-glass boat which has been transformed into a rib - much like Picton boats became Cobra ribs - they are a very nicely finished product which gives a soft ride and is well worth considering if you want protection from the elements and bags of storage space.
You might ask why we did not go ahead with it, well that's another story for another day!
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Old 13 October 2003, 06:49   #6
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Charles,

If you do not mind be asking, why do you prefer two outboards instead of the inboard diesel?

I think that two outboards look better, but they may be a little bit more expensive to run.
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Old 13 October 2003, 07:04   #7
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Well, it all goes back to user preference and the intended application. We all water-ski a lot, a diesel simply does not give you the 'hole-shot' you get with a petrol outboard. Also, a diesel engine takes up bags of room that can be far better utilised for other purposes, i.e. storage. Lastly, our petrol price is still around the 40p mark, so until such time as it starts getting ridiculous petrol engine's are still the flavour of the month in this part of the world. There are many, many other reasons which comes down to the old diesel vs petrol debate. In time I would probably go for a nice big diesel lump though.
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Old 13 October 2003, 14:40   #8
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Emailed protector ribs 6 weeks ago, asking for a price for a twin diesel application.......still waiting for a reply, also dropped Aquapro and MST a line, MST where the only ones to reply. Thanks MST, POOR show protector & aquapro.
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Old 13 October 2003, 15:18   #9
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Did you contact Protector in the UK or New Zealand?
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When I placed the order I dealt directly with the MD - Christopher, I think. Extremely helpful and on the ball.
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