Last update to this thread.
Had the boat on water for the last month. It's quite good. Been on some fairly long trips, 200 to 400 miles, in various weather. I must admit that I really enjoy boating with RIBs.
To conclude the problems with the transom...
Service/support from RibCraft was non existent.
I asked for advice on how the repair could/should be done - got no response. Since this -clearly- is a badly done construction (of the transom), IMO it should have been under warranty. I suggested that RibCraft could cover the equivalent of what the cost would have been in man hours at their facility. No response.
The last response from RibCraft was quite bold - calling my statement regarding the transom untrue. Reason being, and I quote RibCraft:
"... we put more material around the transom than most other manufactures".
My response was that the statement was not mine, but made by representatives from two separate companies. One of the representatives being the most experienced person in Norway building / repairing plastic (glassfiber) boats.
RibCraft probably have years of experience building RIBs, but that still doesn't exclude the possibility of learning something new - especially when it comes from companies with (evidently more) experience in boat construction.
To RibCraft : It's not a matter of how much material you use, but how you use it...
Right now I probably have the RibCraft boat with the sturdiest constructed transom in existence
The result of this is that I'm not going to recommend RibCraft to anyone else in Norway. I will not consider RibCraft RIBs again. And as I write this, I'm having drawings made for my next RIB (I "need" a larger one) and hopefully, when I go to England later this summer, I'll be able to visit another RIB manufacturer (one which also begins with an "R") to talk about the new RIB...
Included one image from the last trip. Location is Kya lighthouse in Norway ( http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=64.46...4167,10.211944