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Old 16 July 2012, 04:47   #1
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RIB's in order of quality and finish

I am new to ribbing and rather than make a mistake buying a duff RIB would like people to help me grade them in terms of quality, a bit like Mercedes, Lexus, Ford, Citroen, Seat e.t.c. I think we all understand cars within reason so wondered if we could start at the top and work down, say the top ten makers then I can decide where I want to pitch myself.

I was at Universal marina at the weekend in the Hamble and saw some fantastic RIBS being made, they did however look more like super tenders than everyday knock about boats, so would prefer if we could stick to everyday types of RIBS, not specialist built to order types. I have seen some called Redbay, they look quite solid and I have *Edited 'NOT' ruled one out but maybe a bit more commercial than just for pottering around the Channel Islands from the Solent max.

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Thanks, I was looking at them then someone told me they were made in China and stay clear, good to see you recommend them

So what are they equivalent to, say Merc, Skoda, Ford, Fiat e.t.c.

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... start at the top and work down, say the top ten makers ... I have seen some called Redbay ...I have ruled one out
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SORRY, it should have read 'NOT ruled one out' Apologies
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Ribeyes are made in South Africa in a factory owned and run by British based (Dartmouth) team. They are shipped to UK in containers as hulls and tubes and then fitted out in Dartmouth unless a local dealer for Ribeye completes it for customer.

The link to China is their very small SIB type fleet that are aluminium hulls and up to 430 in length if memory serves me. These are made in China but not the RIBs 5 metre to 9 metre and they also make RIBTEC
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Ribeyes are made in South Africa in a factory owned and run by British based (Dartmouth) team. They are shipped to UK in containers as hulls and tubes and then fitted out in Dartmouth unless a local dealer for Ribeye completes it for customer.

The link to China is their very small SIB type fleet that are aluminium hulls and up to 430 in length if memory serves me. These are made in China but not the RIBs 5 metre to 9 metre and they also make RIBTEC
Thanks for clarifying, that rules them out then as I want to support British industry, not interested in cheap foreign labour
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