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Old 20 September 2010, 14:18   #1
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South African RIBs

Hi,
i'm interested in your opinion on South African RIBs. Namely Falcon, Infanta, Centaure, Gemini or any others you might be aware of.

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Old 20 September 2010, 16:48   #2
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I wouldn't buy one, I used to think Geminis were Ok but they are not as good as Avon, Ribcraft Delta, Osprey,Humber,Redbay,Zodiac,Zepplin,XS
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Old 20 September 2010, 16:52   #3
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Is that a post purely to keep ahead of willk?

Any reasons why they're rubbish?

Btw, I haven't a clue!
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Old 20 September 2010, 17:15   #4
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2 word's one of which is rigged

Price engineered.

They go through a few dealers before they get to you each of whom makes a mark up, and they still represent good value!

Quality Assurance

Not as high s Euro Builders in the main see thread by Manos where he published photos of a Falcon being made then find one of the Protector factory posted by Gingercoastie? I've done a fair bit of repair work on Gemini's and I wasn't impressed.

Finish

Not always good doesn't always last, seen a fair bit of bubbling in the Gelcoats

Sea Keeping

In general SA hulls are really good , Gemini's have a chine arrangement that makes the boat corner like it's on rails. Falcons win races in SA quite regularly


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He's just an egocentric tw*t who barely knows how to irritate people.
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Old 20 September 2010, 17:25   #5
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He's just an egocentric tw*t who barely knows how to irritate people.
Learning at the Feet of a Master though....

Where's that engine you promised me????
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Old 21 September 2010, 05:22   #6
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Price engineered.

They go through a few dealers before they get to you each of whom makes a mark up, and they still represent good value!

Quality Assurance

Not as high s Euro Builders in the main see thread by Manos where he published photos of a Falcon being made then find one of the Protector factory posted by Gingercoastie? I've done a fair bit of repair work on Gemini's and I wasn't impressed.

Finish

Not always good doesn't always last, seen a fair bit of bubbling in the Gelcoats

Sea Keeping

In general SA hulls are really good , Gemini's have a chine arrangement that makes the boat corner like it's on rails. Falcons win races in SA quite regularly


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Enough said, thank you
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Old 29 November 2010, 02:46   #7
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I think that it is very interesting how guys comment on the RIB's built here. Remember, these boats are not built for the sea conditions that you guys are used to. Here we most often do surf launch, into some of the most energetic surf that you will find.

If these boats can survive here, I am pretty certain that they will take most abuse that you can hand them ;-).
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thats a time where you need to be sure 100% that you don't have any water in the fuel
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Old 29 November 2010, 04:03   #9
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and the pistons do what they are supposed to do!!!
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Old 29 November 2010, 15:44   #10
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I don't know anything about SA ribs, but if this sort of thing goes on over there then they must be ok:

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