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Old 21 February 2009, 11:08   #21
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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"
A bit surprised that you don't think there are any "established" European cabin ribs around that are "solid" - if you felt the protector was aesthetically more appealing then thats a personal decision and I can see it is a bit differently styled - but both of these:

parker baltic (9m)


and

Redbay stormforce (8.4m)



are boats of similar size to what you are looking at, with solid wheelhouse/cabins from manufacturers with reputations for building strong boats, used by both leisure an commercial organisations in rough water and you wouldn't be getting a prototype.

I am sure there are others too.

8.5 m protector for comparison:
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Old 21 February 2009, 13:01   #22
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Some of the Deltas look pretty solid to me!!!

http://www.deltapower.co.uk/
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Old 21 February 2009, 14:12   #23
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A bit surprised that you don't think there are any "established" European cabin ribs around that are "solid"...
I've never seen a Parker cabin rib in real life but, going by that picture, I'd put money on the roof being wobbly, side to side.
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Old 22 February 2009, 03:56   #24
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I've never seen a Parker cabin rib in real life but, going by that picture, I'd put money on the roof being wobbly, side to side.
i'll take that bet
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other cabin ribs

I did see those ribs, nice boats, but too large to put on a trailer.
Forgot to mension that it should be able to put on a trailer.
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Exalibur in Ireland do fantastic cruising RIBs.
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I have a hardboat at this time but i am considering a bigger RIB for more safety
when going out at open sea
Interesting dilema to be in,be good to know what you decide on,and why....Good luck.
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I have had the pleasure of helming a Protector 28 around Alcatraz in the Bay of San Francisco, made a good holiday even better, their USA dealer is based there and I had a day with one and what a boat it is, the bay is pretty rough with the fast current and all the ferries, a bit like the Sound of Jura on washing machine mode the boat handled everything in its stride with ease, it felt realiy solid, infact when you look at the thickness of the hull it was about 25mm you can understand why it felt so solid, and the quality was first class, not only that it looks stunning (at least in my eyes ) I would buy one if I had the money mmm!, they did send me drawings so that I could spec it with a diesel engine I was going to go for a Yamaha 275 hydradrive duo prop, the cost in NZ dollars was very competitive but thanks to the UK import rules the cost almost doubled with all the taxes that was added to it !!, there is a nice wee video on the american website www.protectorboats.com
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Old 22 February 2009, 17:53   #29
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I did see those ribs, nice boats, but too large to put on a trailer.
Forgot to mension that it should be able to put on a trailer.
? are they not very similar size to the Protector 28?
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size redbay etc

yes but the large beam is the problem...
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