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Old 02 December 2005, 15:06   #1
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Mass Produced Ribs.

Are the mass produced Ribs inferior to the low volume "Cottage Industry" produced ribs? In hardboat manufacturing the bigger companies such as Searay and Cranchi have the resources to invest in huge state of the art hermatically controlled factories where perfect conditions are maintained for GRP production. Whereas, a Fairline laid up in the UK on a rainy day could have moisture built in. In the ribbing fraternity we tend to deride the likes of Zodiac, but is it deserved?
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Give me the Fairline any day!!! Isn't it strange that with all the high tech out there nothing beats good old hand laid up???

When you want to see quality usually the smaller the yard the better it gets - look at Dale in Penbroke for example - their Nelson is stunning - shame about the 7 year wait and the price tag!!!
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The Cranchi is stunning VFM Codders. The Brit boats are really getting a run for their money these days. Sealine are now owned by Brunswick (Merc/Mariner) Marine as are Searay, so they could soon be a greater force.
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The Cranchi is stunning VFM Codders. The Brit boats are really getting a run for their money these days. Sealine are now owned by Brunswick (Merc/Mariner) Marine as are Searay, so they could soon be a greater force.
Yes I actually looked into getting a Cranchi 39 - but then they stopped making it and introduced the 41 - which is the same length give or take a few inches!!! And no suprise the price went up by about 40,000 - well they had to do something to justify the price hike!!!
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A mate of mine has a 39 Endurance, when he bought it it was 80k cheaper than a Princess V40. In the end he said that if the Cranchi the Princess and the Fairline had all been the same money he'd of still gone for the Cranchi. He had a Fairline Targa 30 prior and was fed-up with the poor quality and numerous problems. The main one being cheap plastic hot water system fittings which would fail causing the boat to lose its coolant.
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Mollulnan, you might want to have a read of this:

http://www.yachtsurvey.com/Fiberglass_Boats.htm

"One good example is a Sea Ray where the hull side had ONE layer of woven roving, two thin layers of chopped strand mat, and all the rest of the laminate was some kind of brittle putty".

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In hardboat manufacturing the bigger companies such as Searay and Cranchi have the resources to invest in huge state of the art hermatically controlled factories where perfect conditions are maintained for GRP production.
You're avin a radox!

do some research on searay, i'd start with google, using words like 'delaminate', or 'rotten balsa core'.


EDIT> sorry, pete7 beat me to it.
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