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Old 11 June 2003, 16:48   #11
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Thank you for your lovely reply sir.

Although I am not someone who would buy one I understand that there is usually a market for everything / something. I think the idea is common sense, and fair enough for making such a product. I do hope this line does well alongside your already strong product line.

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Old 11 June 2003, 16:53   #12
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Good luck if I had a bigger boat it would be my ideal tender,

Good marketing and good luck.
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Old 11 June 2003, 17:16   #13
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Hi Stefano

Well certainly a comprehensive posting, well done. A horse for a course.

So, how about sending one up to 'The Great Orkney SIB Expedition 2003'?

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Being the owner of a WalkerBay 8 sailing dinghy, I can testify to the excellent build quality of their kit.

I did look at the RID but "the management" thought it would be a bit heavy to launch single handed (while I was out playing on the RIB )
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Old 12 June 2003, 02:06   #15
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Interesting explanation Stefano. I made no comment when this thread was opened because I could see advantages in this tender - but not for Ribsters.

For any sort of distance liveaboard sail-boat cruising an inflatable, as I have found to my cost, is a useless bit of kit. It is too fragile near coral or ragged concrete. And packing and unpacking is a constant pain.

One accepts the stowage difficulties of a rigid dinghy for its' robustness and ease of haul-aboard. Anyone who leaves a tender floating alongside at night in many parts of the world wakes to find it nicked by dawn!

On my 9m cabin RIB a rigid tender or your RID would be impossible to stow so I accept all the disadvantages of the inflatable - despite the fact that I hate the little b****r.

But for a 40+ft vessel with space to store the thing inverted on a foredeck somewhere I would give your RID serious consideration.

Good luck with it!
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Old 12 June 2003, 02:41   #16
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Yep


Yep,Thats exactly what I meant.
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So, how about sending one up to 'The Great Orkney SIB Expedition 2003'?
That's a good idea. I haven't sorted out an official RIBnet boat yet

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Keith's exploding with good ideas. Maybe Stefano can let you have one for the trip (where is it you lot are going?)- and you can write up a report on your return?!
What about it Stefano?
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Full marks to Stefano for taking the time to give a full and comprehensive response to our initial comments.
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Old 16 June 2003, 03:59   #20
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rid (seen one) BILGE RAT

bilge rat,
I too was in whitstable marine ,however my experiences are totally different to yours (specifically the fishing comment).
I am not connected to the store , get no preferencial terms and am not related.
Having shopped at most if not all chandlers in the s/east of england I have as yet not found one I prefer. The degree of knowledge has never been questionable , they know their products, selling ribs , speedboats, rids, sibs, engines and all chandlery requirements etc

when the rids came in I asked what the market was and was given a clear answer almost textbook in fact which most definately did not imply a main market for fishermen or that the product was a type of rib!
In fact it is fair to say that at the retail price of the rid they could offer a rid, a rib or a sib , so have little need to bend the product to suit the client.
The official reply has it seems answered all our questions !
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