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Old 17 April 2009, 11:45   #11
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It should fit in a container with the tubes deflated but you will need a cradle to be built for it - may be easier to ship as deck cargo.

Ribcraft will be the ones to ask.

Contact these people - very helpful and good rates.

http://www.seaportfreight.co.uk/
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Old 17 April 2009, 12:54   #12
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US RIBs better built than British ones - now that's a new one!!!

There seem to be plenty of Avons in the USA still going strong after 20 years!!!

I don't know why you are so negative about everything. A shipping container will cost about $4000.

The main reason it's unusual for British boats to go to the USA is because of the exchange rate - the dollar is much stronger against the pound at the moment. Oh and British boats don't have enough cupholders!!!

With the cost of RIBs in the USA - even quite old ones - it makes far more sense to buy from the UK - as long as the exchange rate holds up!!!
Absolutely, if the exchange rate is favourable then it would be worth shipping it over. The electronics are 12 volt same as US and the engines Suzis, well you could get them serviced anywhere in the world, a US dealer would probably be quite grateful for any work at the moment.

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Hey, thanks for all the information it helps a ton. Now i either need to buy this one or put up a new post on the wanted forum.
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If you are looking to use it commercially the hull needs to be laid up in the USA. You can not import a vessel to use commercially in the States.
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Old 17 April 2009, 17:06   #15
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If you are looking to use it commercially the hull needs to be laid up in the USA. You can not import a vessel to use commercially in the States.
How did the US Navy and coastguard manage with Avons?

I know the USA are well know for protectionism but surely that can't be the case? Most Hurricanes are built in Canada and Zodiacs in France.

I know for a fact Avon used to sell lot's of boats in the USA from Wales - unless things have changed in the last few years?

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For COMMERCIAL (paying customers) use the hull must be laid up in the USA. It has been this way for many years. I don't think you can count the military as commercial. The coast guard and military use mostly safe boats now. Before that they used zodiac hurricanes. They haven't used avons for years.
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For COMMERCIAL (paying customers) use the hull must be laid up in the USA. It has been this way for many years. I don't think you can count the military as commercial. The coast guard and military use mostly safe boats now. Before that they used zodiac hurricanes. They haven't used avons for years.
The most paying passengers he could carry in a UK built RIB would be six. Any more requires USCG Sub-T certification which you can't get on a UK built boat, only US. Tough to make money only taking 6 or less out at a time.
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wes you are on a different planet !

If the kiwis can build and export there Protector then why can't you export from the UK.

Maybe in the US you have got the best built boats but there is no evidence of US built boats in the UK up to the standard of Ribcrafts and that is coming from a Scorpion fan.

As far as I am concerned you can keep your far superior US built boats.

As far as shipping is concered it may be a bit big for a container but no reason why it can't go on the deck of a ship.
Guess I struck a nerve. So sorry. But I stand by my comments. The wiring is better, the fuel tank access is better, the fuel tank ventilation is better. The regs are higher so the build quality is higher.
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ribcraft are built in uk and usa,
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Old 20 April 2009, 12:35   #20
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Guess I struck a nerve. So sorry. But I stand by my comments. The wiring is better, the fuel tank access is better, the fuel tank ventilation is better. The regs are higher so the build quality is higher.
Not on the USA boats I have seen - we have to rip most of it out to meet UK specs!!!

And build quality higher??? mmmm

As to layup of the hull Grand Banks, Nordhavn and many other "US" boats are built in Taiwan!!!
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