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Old 02 February 2005, 19:35   #21
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I would like to get a RIB or other fast, seaworthy trailable powerboat to explore Newfoundland and will be looking for something in the summer all being well. From my largely web based research so far, RIBS do seem to be as rare as rocking horse doodoo in both US and Canada and when they are found they are expensive compare to conventional powerboats. I may look at importing from the UK (although it will be a second hand boat, and finding a decent second hand RIB in the UK can be a challenge at times!) but the exchange rate and shipping costs make that an expensive proposition.

Hmmm. I seem to be either a step ahead of or behind you.

I just placed an order for a 17.5' aluminum RIB built just north of Vancouver. Hull assembly is supposed to start in bout a month or so. Anticipated delivery before July (hopefully well before.) Still have to work out details on delivery (if it's delivered, I foot a hotel room and supply dinner.) OTOH, a drive through Canada in the summer could be nice as well.

As far as RIB's in the US, quite a few divers use smallish RIBs (anywhere from 13 to 20') out of Monterey, CA. I have seen a largish commercial aluminum RIB in Kona, and I know that Polaris is currently building a 38 footer that will also end up in Hawaii. There're a few others here and there that I can think of, but, no, they're not really prevalent. Yet.

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Old 03 February 2005, 16:56   #22
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dctucker - can you make it down to Norwalk, CT near the end of July or perhaps early August? I'm contemplating a Rib Rendezvous to be held at Sheffield Island (check out www.seaport.org for more info on this island).
Yes, I will. Just let me know the date, though I'm sure I'll keep up with any such post. This is assuming that I leave my current job, which I'm planning on doing no later than 1 June.

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Old 04 February 2005, 04:13   #23
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Okay then, I'll figure out a date over the weekend and get back to you.

Can you send me your mailing address by e-mail?

My hotmail account is: www.soundnav@hotmail.com
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Old 19 February 2005, 21:47   #24
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SoundNav -

Include me in the listing for a get together. I think you are shooting for the 8th of august? My father bought himself a 5.4 searider with a bowrider console that i have been trying to get a jockeyseat/console built (or used) for a while now. cant find one anywhere. Nevertheless, the old man turns 63 this march and one way or another I will be dropping a new console for him. He runs out of Portland harbor (maine) and terrorizes the whole harbor with that thing - afterall, it has a 115hp motor!
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Old 20 February 2005, 13:59   #25
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Long Island Sound Rib Rendezvous

agrover-

Below is a recent post concerning the Rib Rendezvous for August 2005. Check it out and let me know if you are interested.

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Hello all,

A group of us here in the States are in the preliminary stages of planning a RIB Rendezvous.

We're leaning toward August 6, 2005, for this first annual Long Island Sound RIB Rendezvous (LIS R & R). High tide in the Norwalk area is at 1:01PM that day so it will just make it easier for boats to pull up on the beach at our first stop, Sheffield Island. There are also moorings just off of the island dock and anchoring out is always an option.

Tentatively:

Starting at Veterans' Park in Norwalk, Connecticut, we'll head out to Sheffield Island about 10:30AM. VET's park has great launching facilities ($15.00 launch fee for out-of-towners). We will stay on Sheffield Island for enough time to get a tour of the lighthouse and enjoy some barbecued RIB's and other stuff prepared by my brother the chef. While on Sheffield, there will also be time for sea-stories and I will give a little talk about the area and where we will be headed once underway again. I would think that 2 1/2 hours on the island will be more than enough time.

Then we are off to the Huntington Harbor Lighthouse located over on the north shore of Long Island, which is about 6 miles across the Sound from Sheffield Island. We will pass Green's Ledge Lighthouse on our way out of Sheffield Island Harbor and also get a nice view of the Eaton's Neck Lighthouse located at Coast Guard Station Eaton's Neck as we head into Huntington Bay. Once at the Huntington Harbor Lighthouse, a tour of this wave-swept site should only take about 30 minutes. After our tour, we will then head into Northport Bay and ultimately dock at the Northport Village docks in Northport Harbor. While in Northport, our group will be able to get another bite to eat or something to drink - Main Street has many shops and restaurants and is convenient to the waterfront.

Our departure from Northport will be around 6:00PM or so. Heading back across the Sound, we will take the eastern approach through the Norwalk Islands back into Norwalk Harbor. This route will take us past the Peck Ledge Lighthouse. Next stop - back to the boat ramps at VET's Park and then once the boats are hauled out, on to Donovan's tavern in South Norwalk. The SONO Waterfront Historic District is just a short walk across the Washington Street Bridge from VET's Park and has many shops, restaurants and the Maritime Aquarium.

The Sheffield Island rental fee will be $250.00 for up to 25 guests, and I think $450.00 for larger groups. I have yet to negotiate a landing fee/contribution arrangement with the Huntington Lighthouse group or determine a price to cover the refreshments that will be provided at Sheffield Island. Also, with many events such as this raising money for worthy causes, I'm thinking that this event should benefit a tsunami relief organization such as the Red Cross. I have contacted our local chapter and am awaiting information regarding fund raising events. In addition, the Sheffield Island and Huntington Harbor Lighthouses are both operated by non-profit organizations.

Please keep in mind that as of this early date, this itinerary is tentative for sure. I am just now contacting the lighthouse organizations, possible sponsors and hotels in the Norwalk area. I will provide more details as things develop.

Any interested Ribsters can contact me on this forum or shoot me an e-mail directly at www.soundnav@hotmail.com.

"Put some excitement between your legs - ride a RIB"
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