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Old 19 February 2009, 16:25   #11
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Protector is a great boat, very well build.
I have toured the factory, and biffers comments are valid, not as fine entry as some other boats. So i little bit of a bumpy ride in 20knots + of breeze.

But really well built and great attention to detail
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Old 19 February 2009, 16:30   #12
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Why? Is the Cougar superior to the Rayglass in your opinion?
Did I say it was?
Its just another option. I read the review of the Rayglass and it wasn't good in the rough stuff.
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Old 19 February 2009, 17:41   #13
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Thank You Chewy,

I did hear about that article but I didn't manage to get it. It's sold out.
I like the idea that Rayglass made already quite a lot of these boats and that they are used by the NZ coastguard. So I asume that they are reliable.


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Kris - here is the article: http://www.ribmagazine.com/site/inde...=317&Itemid=84 (you can ignore my PM).

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Old 19 February 2009, 18:12   #14
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A 12m 7 tonne boat that will do 50mph with 2x 275 hp outboards - yes it must be fairly flat bottomed which would give it a harder ride than a very deep V.
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Old 20 February 2009, 03:33   #15
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txs for the article neil,

but I was looking for the 8,5m version.
the 12m is too expensive for me
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Old 20 February 2009, 04:08   #16
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i have always liked these boats but was little surprised by the rib international review!

still think the look cool and in my view, nicest cabin rib around.

looked at buying an ex Americas cup one last year but they wanted silly silly money and they had done huge hours!

if i could convince the better half on their looks they would be firmly on the list for our next boat.
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thats right zippy,

i ve been looking for alternatives in europe but i did not find another cabin rib that looks as solid. The big disadvantage of this boat is the range to the factory. It's very expensive to let them come over.

you 'll find other boatbuilters here to make you an prototype but then you suffer "prototype ilnesses"

in NZ they are used by the coastguard, and they have to choice of Naiad to, so i asume they will be good (<-> article ribinternational)
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The broker that sold Gingercoastie's boat has a boat of mine for sale. I could ask where it went and whether it's currently for sale. It was an 8.5m with twin 250 Verados.

http://rib.net/forum/attachment.php?...5&d=1115064022
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The broker that sold Gingercoastie's boat has a boat of mine for sale. I could ask where it went and whether it's currently for sale. It was an 8.5m with twin 250 Verados.

http://rib.net/forum/attachment.php?...5&d=1115064022
Apparently 'Silver Fern' went to Ireland to sit on the back of a superyacht. The current owner knew exactly what was after when he bought a Protector and won't be parting with it.
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http://www.bse.co.nz/View/Boat/RAYGL...x?Ne=558&N=207

Here you go. I have a good friend who's in the import game in Christchurch. He could arrange shipping.

In fact, his house is just out of shot behind where the boat is moored.
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