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Old 19 January 2004, 09:19   #1
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RIbtec v Voyage v Xrib

Afternoon all,

I've just returned from the boat show hoping to be informed about which is the best boat for me, and have failed!

Has anyone had any experience of the above companies, and more importantly is there anything that I should look out for or be aware of when dealing with them?

Thank you very much

Henry
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Old 19 January 2004, 11:54   #2
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Im my view ribtec are too expensive for the boat you get.
I dont know much about voyage.
I had a look at the x-rib stand and the boat seem ok but if you really want a good boat go and see x-rib.(falcon)
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Old 19 January 2004, 12:08   #3
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Thanks for replying

I Think x rib are a cheaper version of the tornado / voyager ribs. I agree Ribtec are v expensive, but I've made the mistake once before on going for a cheaper boat!


What do you mean by (falcon)?

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Old 19 January 2004, 12:18   #4
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I think Henry That Simmon means this short of thing, or check the bottom of my link where it says the Flying FALCON

PS FALCONS are made in SAfrica they are BRILLIANT boats!! VERY COMPETTITIVELY priced compared with all the boats you mentioned, they have very hHigh spec and they are VERY VERY Durable boats (I've got one and I know!!)
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Henry,

to be honest I think that Ribtec are dear but if you are spending Ribtec sort of money think you'd be better off talking to Ribcraft if you want an excellent all round Rib. I have a ribtec and I drive a Ribcraft and I do wish it was the other way round

If you want a Fast performace rib. then Phantom Evolution have always appealed to me.

X ribs are Falcons which are made in Southa Africa
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Old 19 January 2004, 12:24   #6
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Why, could it be any thing else??
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Old 19 January 2004, 12:31   #7
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From my experiences buying a rib last year when we went to the boat show (southampton 2002):

Ribtec (what we intended to buy) - werent really interested in selling us a boat. From my experiences with a friends ribtec, the ribtec deep-v hull is excellent (as used by Alan Priddy in his round the world trip).

Tornado (whose stand we visited) - the salesman (Laurence Lock from barnet marine) was able to show us all the options, and give us a firm price and spec of what we wanted, and showed a good understanding of how to rig a boat for what we wanted to do with it (diving). We ended up buying the tornado (actually the voyager hull), and it has been great. Build quality is good, and the fittings are all solid and made to last.

The voyager hull is designed to give lift, and doesnt have as good a deep-v as the ribtec, but still handles big sea with no problems. The only thing that is a problem is the nasty solent chop which tends to make the boat bang around a bit (steep small waves close together.)

hope this helps,

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Old 19 January 2004, 14:54   #9
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Falcon is the name of the company making the boats in South Africa. Rib-x is the guy who buys them in bulk from South Africa buts his labels on the tubes and sells them in England from some workshop Units in the Midlands.
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