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Old 10 December 2014, 11:02   #21
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Im guessing If they haven't replied, they will do shortly. Their order books are stacked unlike some of the garage built ribs around at the moment.
I don't own a Ribcraft or a Redbay so I'm not biggin up what I own, but without any doubt they are two of the finer rib manufacturers around and built like the proverbial for British waters.
If I were ploughing a load of money into a new craft then I would want to know their accounts/build quality/In house manufacturing processes stack up and are put together by qualified craftsmen in one location so I can watch the entire build and add additional bespoke options where I see fit.
Good Luck with whatever you decide!!
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Old 10 December 2014, 15:00   #22
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Thanks for your answers.

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This guy has gotton his shortlist down to some very able craft (Yes, he should take a look at Ribcraft and Redbay). Unless he's Dag Pike, or at least very experienced, he could take every one of them out in every condition in the book and struggle to find a great deal of difference between them all.
He's not comparing apples and pears here, his has a tidy basket of apples.

He's come on here and asked the right questions, I'd say go get the best deal.
So as I understand there's no fundamental differences between these boats at sea ?

Anyone owning an XS ?
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Old 10 December 2014, 15:01   #23
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Why ?
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Old 10 December 2014, 15:21   #24
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XS Very capable ribs. Great build quality and and . Have a good name. never owned one but all good!!
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Old 10 December 2014, 15:32   #25
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Anyone owning an XS ?
Owned 2 still have a 600, driven Loads. from 4.5m up to the 8.5m

Have delivered 6, 6.5, 7 and 8.5 to Scotlands west coast and Lewis can only say good things about them...
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Why ?
I suspect that like most of the other "up there" manufacturers, their order books are so full with lucrative "big stuff" they haven't time for the little guy anymore. I tried several times to get a quote for a new boat, including seeing the gaffer at a trade show & never even got a reply to my emails. I gave up in the end. I went back to Ribcraft & even then I had to be persistent, but as a returning customer I knew the form. What you read into that a given manufacturer may be flat out, & can only supply you with a boat 4-5 months down the line, as opposed to a company that can deliver next week & give you a hefty discount is up to you. Some things are worth working for.
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Old 10 December 2014, 15:47   #27
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hi on my second osprey vipermax never eny problems and they will go enywhere the best all rounder rib ive ever found well pleased with mine wouldent buy enythink els now but osprey vipermax
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I suspect that like most of the other "up there" manufacturers, their order books are so full with lucrative "big stuff" they haven't time for the little guy anymore. I tried several times to get a quote for a new boat, including seeing the gaffer at a trade show & never even got a reply to my emails. I gave up in the end.
There's no denying or defending that P.D. There's also no denying the fact that during that time, Clamchowder (a member on here) met them, emailed them, ordered and currently has under construction a brand new Stormforce 6.1m (below) due for delivery in (very late ) March 2015. I can't explain it, that's just what is.

Maybe they roll dice?
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Old 10 December 2014, 15:56   #29
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We managed to get in touch with them ok, but to be fair to Pikey we aren't taking delivery until March. I think Redbay are perfectly happy to build small stuff you just don't see pics of them on here so often.

If you genuinely want to get in touch I would say give them a call rather than an e-mail. Either that or give their south coast agent MRL a call.
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...you just don't see pics of them on here so often....
Yes you do!
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