Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 
Old 16 April 2009, 21:36   #1
Member
 
Country: USA
Town: Oregon
Length: no boat
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 6
Looking for/at a rib (Ribcraft 10.5)

Hey guys new to ribnet here and i got a few questions. First off im located on the west coast of the U.S. and have been looking around for a suitable Rib to dive and fish off that can handle the pacific waters. As i find it difficult to find good ribs for reasonable prices in the U.S. I have turned my rib search to the U.K. As I was cruising the British boat sites I came across this Ribcraft 10.5.( http://www.boatshed.com/viewboat.php...22_blank%22%3E ) It appears to be in good shape and have a good diving layout. My questions are: How sturdy and well built are ribcraft compared to other companies? How well would this work as a Dive boat? Any ideas on how on shipping or how much it might cost? And lastly is this a good price for this specific rib? any information you could provide me with would be great. Any recommendations for a boat and if anyone has any ideas im looking for a 23-35 ft. rib preferably with outboard(s) for diving and fishing. Thanks ahead of time for any help
__________________

__________________
iFlyanddive is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17 April 2009, 04:48   #2
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Mighty Penryn
Boat name: Little Joe.
Make: Avon Searider
Length: 4m +
Engine: Honda BF50
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 8,841
Ribcraft are one of the most highly rated ribs, the build quality is superb. However, with out logging on, the only pic looks like a passenger 'trip' boat. It'll have rows of seats from helm to bow, that's why the helm is so far astern. Also, a single 250hp on a 10.5m rib is hardly enough.A pair would be more like it.
__________________

__________________
Mollers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17 April 2009, 04:51   #3
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Over here
Boat name: S.S. Nobstick
Make: Three Wise Monkeys
Length: 3m +
Engine: 44lbs of thrust....
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 2,115
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mollers View Post
...Also, a single 250hp on a 10.5m rib is hardly enough.A pair would be more like it.


"2 x petrol 4 stroke 250hp, Suzuki 250 (2006)".......
__________________
Jono is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17 April 2009, 04:58   #4
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Mighty Penryn
Boat name: Little Joe.
Make: Avon Searider
Length: 4m +
Engine: Honda BF50
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 8,841
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jono View Post
"2 x petrol 4 stroke 250hp, Suzuki 250 (2006)".......
Oh yeah. I thought that 44knts was a little on the optimistic side from a single.
__________________
Mollers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17 April 2009, 07:57   #5
Member
 
Pete7's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Gosport
Boat name: April Lass
Make: Moody 31
Length: 9m +
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 4,850
I used to dive out of Portland (UK) on a 9m rib Ribcraft. Superb dive boat which would take 8 or 10 divers with ease. Twinsets flat on the deck in a line in the middle and divers sat on the very big tubes which are quite high off the deck so give a really good height to sit / lean against. Waves that would make a 6m rib slow down just passed underneath. The dive operator would run between 20 and 25 knots. Not fast but a relaxed ride out to the dive sites for paying passengers. If you can afford to ship and import it then deffinately worth a trip over to view. Take the additional seats out and give yourself lots of deck space.

Pete
__________________
.
Ribnet is best viewed on a computer of some sort
Pete7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17 April 2009, 08:32   #6
wes
Member
 
Country: USA
Town: St. Thomas
Length: 7m +
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 26
The price may look good but there are several things that you need to be aware and concerned about when you bring a UK built boat over to the US. It's not the norm to import a UK boat (though the reverse is true - most US manufacturers export to the UK). If I were you, I'd be concerned about the engines and their warranties. Most engine dealers won't touch them if they were sold outside of the country. It's even an issue with engines hung on boats built in Canada. This holds true with electronics as well. Further, the UK electricial systems are not to ABYC code. There could be a question about the trailer and whether or not it is road worthy in the US and able to get registered. Keep in mind the throttle is on the left side - a very un-natural feel in the US. Then there's freight. I suspect you're looking at $8500.

The UK tends to build RIBs with lots of wood. The stringers, transoms, and decks on most UK built RIBs are wood. While the US built RIBS do tend to cost more, they also use a lot more composites and build the fuel and electrical systems to a higher standard. They tend to be worth the extra money.
__________________
wes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17 April 2009, 08:56   #7
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Mighty Penryn
Boat name: Little Joe.
Make: Avon Searider
Length: 4m +
Engine: Honda BF50
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 8,841
Quote:
Originally Posted by wes View Post
The UK tends to build RIBs with lots of wood. The stringers, transoms, and decks on most UK built RIBs are wood. While the US built RIBS do tend to cost more, they also use a lot more composites and build the fuel and electrical systems to a higher standard. They tend to be worth the extra money.
I definitely question the above. I've previously owned a Rinker sports cuddy and a Sea Ray sports cruiser. Both had plenty of wood in them that was not of the best quality. I've seen nothing in a US built boat which betters the build quality of a Ribcraft.
__________________
Mollers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17 April 2009, 09:38   #8
Member
 
TonyC's Avatar
 
Country: UK - Wales
Make: XS // Delta
Length: 6m +
Engine: 60hp // 2x90hp
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 213
Quote:
Originally Posted by iFlyanddive View Post
As I was cruising the British boat sites I came across this Ribcraft 10.5.( http://www.boatshed.com/viewboat.php?boat=64435&lid=1 )
That is Xtremes boat. used to be mainly used for trips in Cardiff Bay & Bristol Channel. It's a very nice boat.

But the others are right, it would be a pig to ship to the US, and that would be the start to your costs
__________________
TonyC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17 April 2009, 11:13   #9
Member
 
Country: UK - Wales
Town: swansea
Boat name: Too Blue
Make: BLANK
Length: 8m +
Engine: Suzuki DT225
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 12,791
Quote:
Originally Posted by wes View Post
The price may look good but there are several things that you need to be aware and concerned about when you bring a UK built boat over to the US. It's not the norm to import a UK boat (though the reverse is true - most US manufacturers export to the UK). If I were you, I'd be concerned about the engines and their warranties. Most engine dealers won't touch them if they were sold outside of the country. It's even an issue with engines hung on boats built in Canada. This holds true with electronics as well. Further, the UK electricial systems are not to ABYC code. There could be a question about the trailer and whether or not it is road worthy in the US and able to get registered. Keep in mind the throttle is on the left side - a very un-natural feel in the US. Then there's freight. I suspect you're looking at $8500.

The UK tends to build RIBs with lots of wood. The stringers, transoms, and decks on most UK built RIBs are wood. While the US built RIBS do tend to cost more, they also use a lot more composites and build the fuel and electrical systems to a higher standard. They tend to be worth the extra money.
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!!!
__________________
codprawn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17 April 2009, 11:41   #10
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Lymington
Boat name: rib-it
Make: Scopion
Length: 8m +
Engine: Suzuki 250
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 100
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.
__________________

__________________
Rib-it.com

www.rib-it.com
simonnud is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 20:02.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.