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Old 16 July 2003, 22:52   #1
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Polaris- good boats?

Anyone have any experience with the Polaris (Canada) aluminum hull RIBs? Thanks. john
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Old 16 July 2003, 23:15   #2
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i had a little 13 foot fiberglass hull polaris that was very heavy duty. By far the strongest little rib that i have come across for that size. tubes very well made.
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Old 17 July 2003, 12:58   #3
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Yep IMHO,

What do you want to know ?

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Old 17 July 2003, 13:16   #4
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I have experiance of dealing with them and they have a good reputation over there, and I also know some of the guys who make some of there hulls when they are stacked out.

The problem over there is getting your boat built when you want it, not is it any good or not.

I can put you in touch with somebody who may be able to help you if you are serious about an alli rib.

They may have a build slot available ? My builders Titan/Carswell industries are too busy this yr for anything even mine,I had to wait 14 months for my build to start. If I can help then feel free. I dought waiting 14 months is on the agenda for a 6mtr boat but they all have big waiting lists for there bigger ali boats.

Unless your real lucky and a builder has a few ex demo boats around them you may have to wait for what you want.

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Old 19 July 2003, 20:06   #5
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Sure! Thanks.

Crazyhorse: Yes, I am serious about an aluminum RIB; 19 footer, + or -. I'd like to know about (1) durability and workmanship on hull (2) tube material quality (3) stability on water (4) how they handle chop....any info is better than none. I am looking (via the web so far) at Polaris and Northwind Marine in Seattle. I do not need a super-heavy duty resuce boat, but want one tough. Thanks. john
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Old 20 July 2003, 18:34   #6
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Polaris have a good reputation for there boats as well as four othere contenders In the Vancouver area of Canada.

Northwind USA also have a good reputation as far as Seattle is concerned for ribs.

There are lots of Alli boat builders around that area,therefore the competion is competitive.

Why do you want an Alli Hull ?

A prodution GRP rib will be cheaper and easier for you to get.

Polaris can supply both Alli or a grp hull I am sure,If you are making a serious enquiry and rely want an alli rib I will pass on a telephone number to you of an alli Canadian builder based in Vancouver who builds alli ribs and he can talk you through your requirments.

I would also recomend you speak to Polaris ?

As far as tubes go then I use UK tubes 1850 decitex built to Solas spec and will be sending them out for fitting,as I know the spec and quality.

As far as stability on the water goes Ribs in the main are just brill,If your wanting stability data for your own proposed craft,then talk to the builders as they will have the info and need to clearly define your intended use ?

If you Pm me I will send you a telephone number of somebody who you can talk to who will advise you and builds Alli ribs and also uses them out there.

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Old 21 July 2003, 15:52   #7
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Sent good luck,I hope it helps.
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