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Old 27 September 2003, 13:20   #1
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ribcraft commercial 5.85 vs zodiac 600 srmn

Aloha guys, looking to purchase a rib for rough sea's out here in hawaii. Need some expert advice, what do you think would be a better purchase the ribcraft or the zodiac (everyone pushes zodiac out here). Important points would be durability, hull design, and ride. Suzuki df 140 will probably be the outboard used. Any advise will be appreciated.
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Old 27 September 2003, 14:04   #2
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I'd go for the Ribcraft. I take it is one of the UK Ribcraft range
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Old 27 September 2003, 14:45   #3
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The ribcraft info i got was off thier US site. Also was considering humber (ocean pro or destroyer 6.0m). But I have no idea how I would get that boat to the US. ANY IDEAS!
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Old 27 September 2003, 15:24   #4
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I would try sending Humber an e-mail. They are very friendly and may alread have experience ofexporting their boats
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Old 27 September 2003, 15:27   #5
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Maybe Alan Priddy might deliver it for you if he's bored other than that any decent shipping Agent could sort it out
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Old 27 September 2003, 18:04   #6
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So you guys think humber is the way to go if I can get it.
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Old 27 September 2003, 18:34   #7
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I think most people in this Country would recommend a Humber or a Ribcraft... or indeed several others above a Zodiac. I'm sure Zodiac are fine boats but we have some pretty horrible weather in the English Channel so UK manufactured boats tend on the whole to be built to be sturdy and hopefully a softer ride with a deep V hull. There are other makes too like Delta or Ribtec. Take a look at the links page on the ribnet site.

As for what’s best between Humber and Ribcraft, there has been much discussion on the subject recently. I suggest you do a search for the two names on this forum. Ribcraft have now franchised to an American producer but I think they are on the East Coast somewhere so still half a planet away from you! Check with Ribcraft!

Alternatively, send me a PM or e-mail and I'll give a few more views!

I expect a ride next time I go to the Aloha State!

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Old 28 September 2003, 05:57   #8
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Ribcraft 585 any day.

Mind look left and you'll see I am biased.

Great boat , will handle rough seas easily, you'll give up long before this boat does.

I've been out in F6 in mine no problems.
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Old 28 September 2003, 08:57   #9
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Hi,
I haven't had any experience with Ribcraft, and am sure they are very capable boats based on everything I've heard. But hundreds of open ocean hours on a Zodiac (730), including Hawaiian waters, convince me they can handle anything in your environment. Both would fit your needs, so perhaps cost will be the deciding factor. Good luck!
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Old 28 September 2003, 09:40   #10
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If your choice is open then the recomendation would deinitely be for an Avon searider or a Delta especially if you are doing commercial work. the rincraft are well finished boats but the real person to listen to about Ribcraft or Humber is Mike C cos he has had both.

Ribtec have started a new production facility so i suspect the quality will not be as good as it used to be and it was never as good as Ribcraft anyway( IMHO)
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