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Old 23 August 2005, 12:04   #1
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Pro sport ribs

Has anyone got or tried a pro sport rib. Would you recommend them?. Or has anyone got any views on the boat?.

Any help much appreciated.
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Old 23 August 2005, 12:47   #2
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Will let you know in a few weeks time!!!
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Old 23 August 2005, 13:13   #3
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So it is prosport then?!?
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Old 23 August 2005, 13:27   #4
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I've not been to sea in one but have had the opportunity of a thorough inspection. IMHO they are keenly priced and it shows in the finish, and lack of attention to detial during fitting out. Their tubes seam to "feel" cheap, i'm not sure if they use thinner material?

When i enquired they were limiting their market by only offering certian engines (not Mercury) this may have changed, but also put me off.

I've heard conflicting reports about the customer serivce they are able to offer - which is a concern, but may be unfounded.

I think they offer value for money, and as such have a market place, but are a long long way from the quality of Osprey (i would say that would'nt I) Scorpion (Of course, i hear you shout) etc. and still not up to that of more sensiably priced manufacturers such as Ribcraft and Humber. I don't think they are any cheaper than a Solent, which in my experience are a better built boat with a proven hull and renound customer service.

As i've said - this is all my opinion, of course. I await the numerous replies from happy ProSport owners!
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Cheap tubes??? Don't think Paul Tilley would be very please about that - he is considered to be one of the very best!!!

Prosport did have a lot of probs in the past as do many new companies but they seem to be behind them now.

As to quality the boats I have seen have been as good as any other I have looked at - time will tell.

When I went out to guernsey I was amazed to see so many RIBs in a small area - and most of them were ProSports - if they were so bad i don't think the locals would buy them - word travels fast in Guernsey!!!
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Old 23 August 2005, 14:42   #7
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Paul Tilley has not been making tubes for Prosport for a long time, and yes he is a craftsman. However Daniels comments were mostly based on the quality of the material and not the craftsmanship

Daniels comments about the Prosports re finish I would amplify and his synopsis of what alternatives are available is factual!

I have been involved in the collection of three prosports that have been delivered from guernsey by sea and always some of the fittings haven not made the journey. It is my impression that Prosport would never use a nut and bolt where a self tapper could fit and I dont like that sort of thing.

The finish on them is not firstclass and they look like they are built in a hurry

Having said that they are cost effective so cheep and cheerful wins in the end. but it is a long wayto go to get a fitting sorted out!
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Old 23 August 2005, 15:30   #8
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Paul Tilley has not been making tubes for Poport for a long time, and yes he is a craftsman. however Daniels comments were mostly based on the quality of the material and not the craftsmanship

Daniels comments about the Prosports re finish I would amplify and his synopsis of what alternatives are available is factual!

I have been involved in the collection of three prosports that have been delivered from guernsey by sea and always some of the fittings haven not made the journey. It is my impression that Prosport would never use a nut and bolt where a self tapper could fit and I dont like that sort of thing.

The finish on them is not firstclass and they look like they are built in a hurry

Having said that they are cost effective so cheep and cheerful wins in the end. but it is a long wayto go to get a fitting sorted out!

The last time I spoke to Paul he WAS making them but that was a little while ago now.

I looked at several that were being constructed and didn't see any self tappers - I have instructed them that I want proper bolts everywhere - we will see.
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Same as what i said using different words then Stu!

Does anyone know what thinkness of hypalon ProSport use and what other manufacturers use?
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I have instructed them that I want proper bolts everywhere - we will see.
That, i beleive, is the first admision that HMS Codders is a ProSport.
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