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Old 01 August 2014, 03:22   #11
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Hi Max, welcome to the forum I am based in Widnes but do a lot of my boating in Anglesey and launch from Caernfaron. Keep your eye out for organised Ribnet cruises in the area (as there are at least 3 a year) as this may give you an opportunity to explore the island and then you can decide where you would like to base yourself

If you have already parted with your cash reference the Brig I wouldn't worry as I am sure they come with a warranty

Hopefully see you out and about on the straits this year

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Old 01 August 2014, 04:56   #12
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Originally Posted by Barrowboy View Post
To be honest, I'm suprised you haven't received more 'feedback' from the community regarding your choice of Rib. Certain manufacturers attract a lot of generally negative comment on here and Brig consistently achieve a table-topping position in the European Champions League on that basis.
I refuse to comment on the suitability of Brig boats.

However what I will say is that over the past few years there have been a number of attempts to raise public awareness of that product on RIBnet. Fake users have been created to advertise boats and avoid paying fees (naughty, but not a hanging offence). Worse however, was the use of professional posters who were used to create multiple RIBnet identities and then post material and start discussions about Brigs. I DO NOT KNOW who recruited these individuals, only that they were here. I consider the use of Astroturfing to sell product to be a highly cynical exercise - a sinister attempt to manipulate public opinion based on fake advice posted online. When discovered and banned, one of the individuals from Northern Ireland threatened me. The upshot is that the Brig brand kinda leaves a sour taste in my mouth and when someone new pops up on RIBnet with a first post that says "I bought a Brig! What do you think of it?", then I just look away and retch...

The opinion expressed above is mine personally and not necessarily that of RIBnet's owners

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Old 01 August 2014, 05:39   #13
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Whilst nobody in their right mind would condone any of the practices that Willk highlights above , I thought I would just mention that I know a very experienced ribber , who purchased a Brig by choice , and after the usual one or two teething problems is extremely pleased with it , so welcome to the swell that is RIBnet , Max ( see what I did there ? ) and happy boating to you......
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Old 01 August 2014, 06:33   #14
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Hi Max

Welcome to the forum

I cant comment on 'Brig' as a brand, but i can comment on 'Wolfrock'.

I recently bought a 'Ribeye 550/Yam 100' package from 'Wolfrock Boat Company' and can only reccommend them highly.

I owned a smaller Rib which i was using as a part exchange deal. I live in the same neck of the woods as you so therefore was 300ish miles from 'Wolfrock', but rest assured you are in good hands.

After i made the initial contact and declared my interest with 'Leon', a line of communication was opened. We spoke many times during the negotiation phase and i received lots of reassurance, help and advice from 'Wolfrock'.....not to mention some lads on Ribnet (you know who you are)

When i was happy with the deal on offer, i travelled south on the agreed date to conclude the deal. I spent the best part of the day with Leon and his team, including a sea trial and was looked after with copious amounts of coffee etc. I returned home later that evening with a smile on my face and a Ribeye on the towbar after a pleasant productive day with Wolfrock Boat Company.
I also launch from Caernarfon. If you need any more details, give me a shout
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Old 01 August 2014, 06:33   #15
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I was told yesterday by a local boatshed agent that Brig had gone bust , don't know if it is true or not
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Old 01 August 2014, 08:32   #16
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Couldn't comment on the dodgy marketing tricks being discussed - and no idea who was behind it and didnt see it myself but I am very happy to vouch for Wolf Rock and Leon as well. Wolf Rock were excellent IMHO and as a result I own a Brig and have been very happy with it with no issues.
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Old 01 August 2014, 11:26   #17
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Thanks for all the comments...don't need anymore on brig as I have paid deposit and they are still trading. Spoke to the MD this morning who was not happy about rumours like that floating around with little basis in fact. So I will be the guinea pig lets see if I get it on the 18 th aug.....expensive Russian roulette hey ho.

Looking forward to getting onto the water and getting into rib ownership.

Sooooo, to move this on.

Best life jackets ?

Best waterproof ?

Does anybody do lobster potting?
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Old 01 August 2014, 11:46   #18
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Probably just as many strong views on that. FWIW we have bought Spinlock Deckvest Lites for the two of us and are very happy with them - nice and light and dont get in the way of your arms. Got a set of four Bluewave automatic ones with a bag for about 170 from one of the cheap sites for the guests too which didnt seem like a bad deal to me at the time!
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Old 01 August 2014, 14:55   #19
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Originally Posted by Max Swell View Post
..don't need anymore on brig as I have paid deposit ...expensive Russian roulette hey ho.
I'm failing to understand the above comment. To me, it says that you are seeking advice, but that you will only hear it if it's inline with your own opinions or purchase choice.

Most Ribnet members can either not afford, or choose not to play "expensive Russian roulette' with their cash. We draw upon experience, advice and diligent research before making our purchases.

You've chosen to skip most of the above. I'm sure that Wolfrock are smashing guys, they wouldn't last 5 mins if they're weren't. Also, they're not selling 'sell themselves' brands, so they have to work extra hard and go the extra mile.

Hopefully the Brig will serve your needs fine, but clearly you have put little or no effort/research into your purchase and wish to block your ears to any suggestion that you may've not spent your money wisely.

Enjoy you ribbing.
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Old 01 August 2014, 15:05   #20
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They do look good though
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