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Old 09 May 2006, 13:46   #11
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well you certainly got the measure of our codders very quickly!

i would imagine it would be perhaps cheaper to look at buying a rib in the uk and shipping it back to the USA, have you priced up that option?

also go to ribcraft in the uk for tubes and get them shipped back home, you can give them all the dimensions etc so must surely be cheaper, even consider flying over and packaging them up in your luggage to take back ! There are a lot of tubing companies over here that would give you some good quotes i am sure then carry them home, just an idea

Building your own is very satisfying and you can get it just as you like it which is what i did

good luck and ignore the silly yank comments
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Old 09 May 2006, 15:20   #12
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Have researched cost of tubes in the US and there are several comanys that do them including Ribcraft USA. There is one company that supplies the US military in CA. that is not to far away. Shipping costs plus import duty from the UK are a big problem. Do not use the dollar/pound exchange rate to work out the costs. In terms of purchasing power the dollar in the US is about the same as the pound in the UK. In otherwords I can buy a pint for 2 dollars and you pay 2 pounds: I can buy a 1/2lb steak in Safeways for 3 dollars and it costs you 3 pounds. Get the picture! Thanks for all the advice. And, by the way that steak in Mexico is half the cost and is free range beef!!!! Yummee!
Thanks very much for the input.
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Old 09 May 2006, 16:09   #13
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we know the states very well, and mexico as we have a timeshare there

have worked for an american company for the past 14 years and most of my day is engaged with our USA colleagues. which is fun of course 95 % of my time is spent dealing in $$$

would be good if you build the boat and share the experience on here, it does help to give others ideas and inspiration and is an interesting experience

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Have researched cost of tubes in the US and there are several comanys that do them including Ribcraft USA. There is one company that supplies the US military in CA. that is not to far away. Shipping costs plus import duty from the UK are a big problem. Do not use the dollar/pound exchange rate to work out the costs. In terms of purchasing power the dollar in the US is about the same as the pound in the UK. In otherwords I can buy a pint for 2 dollars and you pay 2 pounds: I can buy a 1/2lb steak in Safeways for 3 dollars and it costs you 3 pounds. Get the picture! Thanks for all the advice. And, by the way that steak in Mexico is half the cost and is free range beef!!!! Yummee!
Thanks very much for the input.
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Old 09 May 2006, 18:58   #14
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First welcome to the Forum. There is a brand of exmilitary boats available in this country which are not very popular because they take a lot of power and the fuel is expensive!

Bottom line is that you can buy an exceptonally well built 8metre rib with decent toobs ( good for 5 years) for around 4k . you can have any colour you like as long as it's grey.

I can't imagine shipping would be more than 2 K

Stick a couple of opti 225's on that baby and you have a real mother of a RIB and you could spend your money on building a cabin

here is a link to the manufacturers page

http://www.vtplc.com/halmatic/produc...D=452&catid=93

If you are interested I can give yo a link to the disposal company. I saw them today and I 'd say they were about 6 years old
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Old 09 May 2006, 22:38   #15
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Thanks Pathalla for the welcome. Have spent 6 months doing research and budgeting for this project. No, I will not use twin outboards as I do not need speed above 40knts. Have been working with Ribcraft USA and have had great input from them. They want approx. $70k for a new, but basic, 7.8 with single 250 Honda not including delivery. If I could buy a used circa. 25ft RHIB in the US in any condition that would be my first choice. If you know of one please advise. Yes, I have the West catalogue. Thanks again for your input.
PS. Have been to Cleveland (connected with Lincoln Electric) and it is cold, cold , cold.. I am going to Mexico!!!!.
I will keep my ear to the ground as to a boat, best of luck, hope you find a used boat cheap that would fit your plans, Mexico sounds good to me and yes Cleveland is cold, I go to Miami frequently to get away from the weather when it is bad, sounds like you have the bases covered on what you are going to do, good luck, Pat.
P.S. you might give Debra Young at Nautica International a call, I know Debbie and Franco Rossi jr. quite well, they build great boats at Nautica, if you are thinking about used you might want to give them a heads up, they do get used boats in from time to time, I have bought quite a few boats from them and they are great people and fair on pricing, give them your budget, they may know of something possibly, Tell them Pat Hallaran said hello.
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Thanks to Pat and Rogue for the great info. Regarding import from the UK it would be approx. $20K(dollars) as you have to pay for a whole container. Also, to deliver to the USA west coast involves the Panama Canal which pushes the price up. If delivered to the USA E. coast then I have to pay for overland shipping thru. the US and thru Mexico.( approx $4k) on top of that I would have to pay 10% import duty at both the US and Mexico port of entry. Rough estimate of total cost would beat least $20K. Look at a map; it is at least 4 days drive from Miami to San Carlos, Mexico. It takes 1 1/2 - 2 days to drive E. to W thru. Texas alone. That is a a lot of beer and steak!!. or an engine. I will contact Nautica International. Thanks for the tip.
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Old 10 May 2006, 22:02   #17
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Hi Have you considered a Caribe rib ? They are made in Venezuala and make very large ribs,both console and open boats.I have had a DL15 (hypalon) for nearly a year now & it has been truly faultless. www.caribe.com Their website has a world map where you can click on your 'hometown location' and check out the dealers .I use mine for personal use up & around long island,jones beach,fire island,along the east Atlantic coast and i do venture out into the Atlantic every now & then.

I too have just bought a place in Mexico (Cozumel) its a small island about 45 mins by boat from Cancun.It has the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world that leads all the way down to Belize and the blue hole dive site.I went on vacation last November & saw the place,then came home back to NY & thought about it for 2 weeks and then flew back down there for a weekend and just bought it.I love Mexico,the people,the culture,the whole place.

My new apt is under construction now (it actually should've been completed on May 1st) but i am in no hurry yet. Eventually when i do decide to leave NY i hope to take my boat down to Cozumel and use it down there but thats probably a few years away yet.In the meantime i am considering buying another Caribe that they make that has a small glass window in the bottom and leaving that in Cozumel.I think its 11ft but its probably perfect for zipping around the caribbean for a few weeks.
Anyway all the links are below including port inflatables who i got mine from (who by the way where absolutely superb and i have no hesitation recommending to anybody)I know they had a nice maybe 20 or 22 ft rib a few months back (maybe its still on their site.)

www.caribeinflatables.com
www.portinflatables.net
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Look at a map; it is at least 4 days drive from Miami to San Carlos, Mexico. It takes 1 1/2 - 2 days to drive E. to W thru. Texas alone. That is a a lot of beer and steak!!. or an engine. I will contact Nautica International. Thanks for the tip.
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Don't I know it! I was on the road for 18 years been involved in many mega drives in the States. Is it still a 55mph limit.
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Speed limit on motorway in most states is now 75mph outside of town limits. Texas is an exception as it is 65mph.
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