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Old 10 September 2003, 09:25   #1
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RIBs in America

I have just returned from a 4-week holiday around the East coast of the USA, taking in many of the wonderful creeks, harbours, bays and islands of Maine, Massachussets and Rhode Island. Of the literally hundreds of boats we saw, I could count on one hand the number of RIBs spotted, and even fewer if I discount the small ribs used as tenders to larger yachts.
Given that the sea around these shorelines is absolutely comparable to our own Atlantic and North Sea coasts, with all that that implies in terms of the sea-keeping qualities required in a leisure boat, why have our trans atlantic cousins not woken up to the benefits of RIBs???
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Old 10 September 2003, 09:46   #2
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Did not see any ribs but this is nearly a rib!
the next day it had two machine guns mounted on the square toped post fore and aft.
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Old 10 September 2003, 09:58   #3
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Re: RIBs in America

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why have our trans atlantic cousins not woken up to the benefits of RIBs???
Maybe they have!
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I understand the first question Americans ask is "Can I go fishing from it?".
The answer, of course, is yes, but they dont believe that the tubes wont get punctured by the fish-hook !
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Ribs usa

Look at Apollo Duck do a search on Apollo Duck USA for ribs there is about 4 or 5 for sale in the whole continent, I think that in the US they arnt so keen to buy it if they dont build it, same with cars they frown on Jap stuff for example, same with bikes, its an attitude thing. Its no loss to us we know what they are missing cheers gavin
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Old 10 September 2003, 11:35   #6
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ribs in america

Hi, I have been told that virtually all the ribs made by aquapro are going to america.
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The US military are quite fond of RIBs and "extreme" SIBs. Some of the boats they've got for use as Navy SEALs landing craft look a bit of alright!
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Old 13 September 2003, 01:47   #8
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ahem! a little testie, are we?

Dear Trans-Atlantic friends. RIBs have not caught on here for a variety of reasons, but "don't like to buy if they don't make it" is nonsense. There are "Japanese" (whatever THAT means any more) vehicles, etc, all over here. Any group of people is slow to change if things are going OK with what they have. I own a Zodiac and love it , but it is not "utopia on water". Yes, I am a little concerned about knives and halibut harpoons in my boat; after all, this IS fabric, not aluminum or wood. We DO have folks who manufacture RIBs, too, but not many. Sure we ask "Can you fish out of it?" What the hell else does one do on water? Can't walk on it! RIBs are the Mac computers of the boat world; great, but not everyone has enough sense to see that....yet.
Do I sound defensive? Sorry, but WE FISH. Peace to all. john
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Old 13 September 2003, 02:17   #9
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Re: ahem! a little testie, are we?

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RIBs are the Mac computers of the boat world; great, but not everyone has enough sense to see that....yet.
Nice analogy, John. Like it
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Old 13 September 2003, 11:49   #10
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Safe boats USA

What you looking at there is a USA Safe Boat see

http://www.safeboats.com/default/home.php

Alli hulled boat.

700 have been sold for the USA Border protection patrols.

Great looking boats but has a hard foam collar instead of air collar.

The hulls are filled with foam so it is unsinkable and the hull is also stepped.

Interesting boats.
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