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Old 23 August 2012, 23:08   #1
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Hello all,
I am looking for advice regarding the purchase of a 17ft Rib for my new charge, due in Dec 2013. Currently aboard we have a Nautica 13.5 widebody, which is barely ok for its curent tasking.

With the new vessel we have room for a 17-18ft Rib on the boat deck, but I am having a hard time finding a suitable RIB. My criteria are I thought simple, but in reality I am so far removed from my roots in Bursledon that I am ice skating uphill. I am looking for a 17-18ft, with a centre console and two bench seats behind, ideally in grey and white as it will be a yacht tender.
I realy do not want a jet rib, but a 90-115 HP Yamaha would be ideal
I was born and raised on Avon Seariders, they dont make em anymore, Nautica have recently gone "POP" the Zodiac tenders are pretty weak, so what is left?

The RIB will need to be shipped and fitted in the USA, so ideally one manufactured or sold from the USA would be a better cost option.

Please provide me with the benifit of the combined wisdom of the Forum!

Oh and because I am unable to resist, Hello Duncan S
The fairey Spear (pictured outside the barn on this forum a while back) was Juno my old school boat and no Nick does not want to sell her back to me

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George
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Old 24 August 2012, 09:24   #2
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Old 24 August 2012, 10:07   #3
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SR nomore???

I thought they do make seariders (nog as nice as AVON once did) with the name Zodiac now on it. But the hulls are i think ok. have seen one in rescue edition in holland last summer with the Zodiac marks on it but it was a Searider 4,7 beuty.
I myself have a (real) SR5,4 and i love it (still need to build her of and get the Suzi 90hp behind).
So i would look if you want to buy new to the Zodiac site the professional series.

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Old 24 August 2012, 10:32   #4
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Thanks, for the replies,
Sadly Ribeye do not have a USA outlet, and shipping one would cost as much as the engine..

I have looked at the Zodiac range, but not the commercial ones, as it needs to be presentable as a yacht tender, with all of its faults the Nautica does that very well.

I shall contact Zodiac USA and see what they can put together.


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Old 24 August 2012, 11:10   #5
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Rigid Inflatable Boats built and sold-Skua RIBs dont know if these are anyhelp or not?
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Old 24 August 2012, 14:28   #6
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Annapolis Inflatables may be able to help you out. Kiwiboyd is the proprietor and frequents this forum. His recent postings indicate he just sold a very nice boat that might have been perfect for you.
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Ribcraft has a northeast US factory.

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