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Old 13 August 2015, 17:15   #11
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Hypatex, whatever that is.
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Old 13 August 2015, 17:40   #12
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Looked like PVC for sure and (with apologies to Ribeye tender owners) looked *every* inch like a Chinese SIB at a glance...
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Old 13 August 2015, 17:47   #13
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Arghh, stupid ipad...
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Old 13 August 2015, 19:13   #14
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I have had a good look over them a few years ago and was very impressed with them
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Old 14 August 2015, 03:13   #15
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Tidied up the pic.

The Alu hull is a great idea but the white PVC and general spartan look does not help them I think:
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Old 14 August 2015, 03:30   #16
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Thanks for the info. Yes those fully rigged prices are very expensive! When you look at the bare boat only prices, they seem very reasonable (see here: BHG Marine - Ribeye) so I could save a lot if I sourced the parts and rigged it myself, it's just that I don't have time for that and I'm only in the UK a few times a year!
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Old 14 August 2015, 04:50   #17
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Yes, agreed - the 370 bare boat at 2265 for an alu hull etc compared to say a F-RIB seems good value and must be pretty nuts with a 30 on the back. Nice to have a console - not sure what they add.
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I think nowadays it would be hard to find a tender with hypalon tubes but the pvc ones on the ribeye are heat welded so should be ok for 10 years plus & they handle 10x better than a sib & are lighter than an air floor & much lighter than a fibreglass floor
As a tender they are a no brainer
Once you start to add extras like consoles then maybe the benefit gap closes
I suppose it depends what you want it for but I'm very happy with ours
Maybe worth looking at high fields if they go that small for a comparison
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Old 15 August 2015, 18:38   #19
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...they handle 10x better than a sib & are lighter than an air floor...

Not sure that's true, any airfloor SIB will be lighter than the alu Ribeye of equivalent length and an Aerotec would certainly not be 10 times worse in the handling stakes.
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Not sure that's true, any airfloor SIB will be lighter than the alu Ribeye of equivalent length and an Aerotec would certainly not be 10 times worse in the handling stakes.

If you look the specs up you will find the weight difference is true the 280 ribeye aluminium rib we have now is several kg lighter than our previous excell air deck tender which was the same size
Maybe handling isn't 10x better but it is substantially better
Any air floor is going to be a compromise over a hard hull
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