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Old 27 October 2003, 10:24   #1
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RibNet is International

I do not know about you guys but I like to look at the profiles of new members and this morning was suprised to see that we had a new member Aircp from Almaty in Kazakhstan.

AIRCP a big welcome - and I hope you enjoy the Forum

It is interesting to know that news of RibNet has even travelled to Kazakhstan.

I am just curious as to where/how you heard of RibNet . From the Forum threads I am sure that you now know a lot about ribbing in the UK and other countries in Europe. Perhaps you would like to tell us about ribbing in Kazakhstan. Pls post some pictures of interesting places for ribbing/crusing.

How did you get into ribs and what size ribs can be found in your country,

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PS: Perhaps others from distant countries could join in as well and share with us their fascination for ribs
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Old 27 October 2003, 19:50   #2
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Australia...

Hello from sunny Australia at the other end of the world... . Not as cold as Almaty, and a slightly different boating scene.

The RIB world is just beginning to take off here in the last year. Before that, no-one wanted one and it was all SeaRay's and Bayliners. Now, people ask me about the Gemini all the time...

In the last year, the demand for Ribs has gone banana's. You never see a second hand one advertised for more than a few days and long wait times abound for new ones.

Geminis and Zodiacs are the main larger ribs (5.0m plus) down here although we also see some big Naiad's (NZ) and Swifts (QLD) and Mako's.

When I can work out how to post the pictures, I'll attach a few action shots of wave jumping in the harbour and out by the Heads...

For now, you can look at the guy down the road at www.epicsurf.com.au who takes tourists out in his 6.5 gemini
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Old 28 October 2003, 03:42   #3
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Morning AIRCP
Where do you launch from? last time I was in Almaty I had to take a plane over to the Caspian.
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Old 30 October 2003, 12:00   #4
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Hello from Winnipeg, (central Canada). The closest coastline is Hudson Bay, however we have some inland lakes nearby which are larger than some countries.
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Old 30 October 2003, 14:59   #5
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Hi Prairie Tuber

Welcome to the forum and nice to hear from you.
How about some pics of ribbing off Winnipeg. I suppose your ribbing is rather limited due to the weather but then you can have fun on snowmobiles.

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How about some pics of ribbing off Winnipeg. I suppose your ribbing is rather limited due to the weather but then you can have fun on snowmobiles.
Thanks Andre,

I just purchased a digital camera about 2 weeks ago and have no digital boating pics yet. I'll try to locate a scanner for some print film pics (might cheat and show some canoeing pics as well). By mid to late November the water gets mighty hard around here and stays that way until late April-early May.

I own a 34 year old zodiac sib that has taken alot of abuse over the years (it used to be an RCMP boat , and still holds air despite all of its patches. I am doubtful that any of Zodiac's newer PVC products would last through half of what my hypalon survivor has.

I'll be looking for something newer for next spring in the 15-16 ft range. I am leaning towards a sib but am considering a rib as well. I'm concerned that trailering a rib would limit travel to many remote lakes which are accessed via 4x4 through roughly cut bush trails. I am considering Polaris (sib or alum. hull rib) and Gemini (grx 420 or dive470). Any suggestions/input is much appreciated.

I've been lurking on this forum for about a year now and am amazed at how polite everybody (usually) is compared to alot of special interest forums. The British influence must have alot to do with that. Thanks for the interest.
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Old 31 October 2003, 05:25   #7
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I'm sorry, I just have to ask...where did the name "prairie tuber" come from?

Many of the names used by others here I can stretch a guess at, but I'm lost here...
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Old 31 October 2003, 09:40   #8
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I'm sorry, I just have to ask...where did the name "prairie tuber" come from?

Many of the names used by others here I can stretch a guess at, but I'm lost here...
I think your looking for something deeper than what's really there. It's simply that I'm located on prairie (at the edge of the precambrian shield) and use a boat with tubes.
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...and there was I thinking vegetables were involved. Ah, well...where were we?...
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Old 14 November 2003, 01:56   #10
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I just purchased a digital camera about 2 weeks ago and have no digital boating pics yet. I'll try to locate a scanner for some print film pics (might cheat and show some canoeing pics as well). .
Bought Scanner here goes...

This is along the north shore of L. Superior.
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