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Old 09 July 2005, 18:40   #11
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Darral,

do you know of one could contact the USCG for the surplus ribs? Is it really that easy? I want one of the bigger 18' Hurricanes or Seariders.
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Old 10 July 2005, 01:23   #12
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You could try contacting sunrider who posts here. I know he's bought a couple of RIBs from surplus disposal auctions in the past.

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Old 10 July 2005, 04:38   #13
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Thanks John,

I've spoken to Sunrider about surplus ribs. I know of the online auction venues for Gov/Mil Surplus but wonder if there is a more direct or local method of obtaining a rib. I will probably make a trip to one of the local USCG stations and see if I can gather more info.

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are the USCG boats maintaned well? or are they worn down, etc?
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I used to know the Commander of the Coastguard down here;but he has just been promoted to San Francisco station.
I will email him and see if he has the name of a contact here and in fact they are allowed to sell directly.
I know a lot of time a buyer will just come in and give them a price on all the surplus they want to clear out.
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Old 10 July 2005, 14:14   #16
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Choppywaters,

The condition of the boats varies from near pristine to completely trashed. I currently have a Avon Searider 4m that was in very good condition when I got it. I really like the full rubbing strake and orange hull.

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I used to know the Commander of the Coastguard down here;but he has just been promoted to San Francisco station.
I will email him and see if he has the name of a contact here and in fact they are allowed to sell directly.
I know a lot of time a buyer will just come in and give them a price on all the surplus they want to clear out.
cheers Dal
Hi Darrall,

Thanks a bunch. You have me drooling right now

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Old 11 July 2005, 03:49   #18
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Ribcraft make some good RIBs, however, in my experience there customer service is terrible.

I recommend you look to purchase from a company that wants your business.
Just to balance things up. I have a Ribcraft 5.3 which is serviced and worked on at the factory in Yeovil. The quality of workmanship is brilliant.
They are very helpful and complete all work promptly. The only slight gripe is they are not proactive in communicating. But thats just because they are based in the west Country !!

As for the boat. Fab hope to move up to the 5.85 soon

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Hey i'm looking to buy a RIBCRAFT boat (my first RIB)..i think third boat. I was wondering if anyone could give me some feedback or opionions on the 5.85 and 6.5 recreational model ribs? Thanks!
I'm just round the corner in Marblehead, where Ribcraft USA is located. There are a few of their boats moored in Marblehead, including a few 5.85's and/or 6.5's and even a Mitagator which just looks so intimidating!

Stop by their facility, I suspect they'll be happy to give you a demo. They may even still have a used boat or demo available for purchase. Not sure...
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Yea i live like 15 minutes from marblehead so im gonna go down this weekend. I saw the Mitagator in action coming out of the harbor one day...that thing is intimdating! I wonder who owns it
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