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Old 07 May 2006, 13:45   #1
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My name is Tony, living in Scottsdale AZ, USA. First and foremost thanks to Limeydal for the welcoming PM. I am an Englishman married to a Texan and have lived in the USA for 24 years. Born and bread in Soton/Hamble River area. 30+ years of boating/sailing experience including Atlantic crossing in a 40 footer and Admirals cup stuff. Have owned many power and sail boats. I have wanted a RIB for many years. We are selling up and retiring to a small town in Mexico, called San Carlos, Sea of Cortez. I need a project to keep me out of the pub/cantina Planning on building a marine ply/ composite RIB about 8M OAL. with big Yam. 4s. I am an engineer by background and have a ton of woodworking/metal working equipment. Reckon it will take about 18 mo. and about $45,000 ( dollars) inc. engine, for materials + labor at 1p an hour. Any advice, input, contacts, experience would be very much appreciated. It would save a lot of time if I could get hold of plans/drawing for such.
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Old 07 May 2006, 14:04   #2
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Labor? What about the U? Still I suppose 24yrs is a long time - if you had murdered her you would have been out now......

Still welcome to another - dare I say it - Yank!!!

When you mention marine ply I hope you don't mean the hull? Hard chine RIBs are a little old hat to say the least!!! unless they are aluminium....

You would be better off buying and old boat and doing it up along with a retube etc. You could also fit it out to your spec.

Have a look at this for a good example your side of the pond.

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Old 07 May 2006, 14:24   #3
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Dear Codpiece
Thanks for your welcome and sorry about the missing U. My spell checker works in American English, unfortunately. FYI, I am still a British citizen so the term Yank is not appropriate, however it is acceptable when refering to my wife.
According to my research there are still a lot of new racing boats being made out of ply. Ply/epoxy composite is lighter than GRP. RIBS are not popular in the USA( Called RHIB ) and therefore there are very few, if any used ones available. This option was my first choice but cannot find one.
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Yes many F1 boats are still ply I suppose - brilliant material and with the addition of epoxy it makes it very durable.

The only problem is that you can't really get fancy curves etc unless you go for cold moulding.

Suprised you are still a Brit - thought you had to become an American citizen if you lived there that long?


Good luck with the project whichever way you go - keep us posted and loads of pics - should be an interesting one.
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Old 07 May 2006, 19:54   #6
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If you hold a green card in the USA it is good for life and you do not have to become a citizen. If I was on a hijacked plane I would rather have a British passport, also you can travel to more countries in the world wihout a Visa than with any other. And, anyway, I like being an Englishman. Anybody got experience of using fuel tank bladders in RIBs ?
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Old 08 May 2006, 23:03   #8
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My name is Tony, living in Scottsdale AZ, USA. First and foremost thanks to Limeydal for the welcoming PM. I am an Englishman married to a Texan and have lived in the USA for 24 years. Born and bread in Soton/Hamble River area. 30+ years of boating/sailing experience including Atlantic crossing in a 40 footer and Admirals cup stuff. Have owned many power and sail boats. I have wanted a RIB for many years. We are selling up and retiring to a small town in Mexico, called San Carlos, Sea of Cortez. I need a project to keep me out of the pub/cantina Planning on building a marine ply/ composite RIB about 8M OAL. with big Yam. 4s. I am an engineer by background and have a ton of woodworking/metal working equipment. Reckon it will take about 18 mo. and about $45,000 ( dollars) inc. engine, for materials + labor at 1p an hour. Any advice, input, contacts, experience would be very much appreciated. It would save a lot of time if I could get hold of plans/drawing for such.
Thanks to all. T.
Hello Tony and welcome to the forum. Are you going to be powering this boat with twins? If so I would think the 45,000 figure is optimistic, costs for building/rigging a boat can add up rapidly, believe me. Plan carefully, lists of components needed for electrical, steering, seating, hardware (cleats, etc) anything you can think of and price it out thru West marine or other parts house. If you are building the boat ground up I would guess it would cost 55,000 to 85,000 with twins. A single would knock off about 12,000 in overall cost.
You may have better connections for parts and equipment than me and be able to reduce that figure considerably, but I would think a custom built tube set would be 7000 to 14,000 depending on the builder, motors or motor would run about 12 to 25 grand, Trailer 3000 to 5000, and then you have the hull and everything that goes into it... I have rigged about 4 boats and it always ends up costing you more than you think. That said, I wish you the best of luck on your project and will be watching for any posts of your project in the future. One other thing, there are composite materials out on the market which make better material for building a hull than wood, stronger, lighter and rotproof. I would stongly recommend looking into this if you are building out the hull yourself. again, good luck!
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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!!!!.
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We are selling up and retiring to a small town in Mexico, called San Carlos, Sea of Cortez.
Hey, I've been there. Years ago (1969, I think) when I was short of 10 years old. Actually, we visited Guaymas, with a trip to SC to go sport fishing (sort of.)

Luck with the project;

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