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Old 06 September 2005, 08:02   #21
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The question is , why 10 metre? The best size of boat for nearly evry use is 11 metre which there is only one make. The new Redbay is unbeatable in all sorts of conditions. If it is flat, it moves along at a good 40 knots and as yet I have not found a sea that will stop it. But then again what do I know?
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Old 06 September 2005, 08:08   #22
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For the roughest toughest RIB going it just has to be Ocean Dynamics....

http://www.ribworker.com/blankenberge.htm

Look at some of their other boats - some almost look pretty!!!

http://www.ribworker.com/riviera.htm

For operation in shallow/rocky waters I can't think of anything better - no transom so the water just runs out quickly - aluminium hull and jet drive - can run these up on a beach at speed all day long!!!
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Old 06 September 2005, 08:52   #23
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This might be heresy.......

but I've been going through a similar though process for my own boating needs here in Atlantic Canada. Both in the theoretical 'if I won the lottery' sense considering 11m redbays etc and in the 'what I can reasonably afford' sense which is somewhat smaller!

Here's my thoughts.....

Importing a RIB from Europe is darn expensive once the exchange rate comes into play. So Redbays for example are darn good boats but going to be very expensive by the time you get it into the US / Canada.

To me, seaworthiness is important but so is weather protection and a bit of creature comfort. So an open RIB is no longer feasible - not if I want to make the most of a shorter boating season than the UK. I'd also like the ability to overnight cos marina's and B&B's are in short supply where I intend to go boating.

So here's the thing. Perhaps a RIB 'aint the best tool for the job. (unless you have the ability to buy and import a Redbay, 10m Scorp etc.). The Botnia Targa hardbouts that are pictured are a good but expensive alternative. (and one I know our own JK has a not so secret hankering for......) In terms of boats available in North America, domestically a couple of brands have caught my eye. The first is boston whaler. Lots of heritage, unsinkable designs, seaworthy etc. A 25ft conquest 255 with twins would be very nice. The other, less well know make I have come across are Skagit Orca boats. Like the BW's unsinkable by virtue of foam injection, Deep V and appear very seaworthy. The 27ft with an extended wheelhouse looks like a good tool and are available for around US$100k. Check out http://www.skagitorca.net/27'.html
Just my 2cents.

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Old 06 September 2005, 10:30   #24
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None of those Scorpions have hard tops


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Maybe next year Mark

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Old 06 September 2005, 10:38   #25
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Whats your budget..........I am presently driving an Ocean dynamics which is very good but it very expensive!
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Old 06 September 2005, 12:48   #26
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Budget? well, without getting into too many details... in the vicinity 60k usd or so. Of course, i am not set on a brandy new boat either.
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Old 06 September 2005, 13:32   #27
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You have only been over the other side for a few months and you are starting to sound like them! It is a good job I understand the customs or I might not be able to understand you! are you looking forward to the Izzzz this year Alan P.
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Old 07 September 2005, 05:10   #28
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Budget? well, without getting into too many details... in the vicinity 60k usd or so. Of course, i am not set on a brandy new boat either.
Would you prefer an Aluminum Hull or GRP
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Old 07 September 2005, 09:22   #29
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I have a '91 that is identical to the one pictured. I'm reconditioning it in Hawaii now and can send pictures if you are interested. It has a Cummins diesel 6cyl 180hp and Konrad 520 stern drive. Haven't had it in the water yet, only need to bleed the steering system and it should be ready for sea trials. I've attached a couple of pictures and more are available. Would sell for firm $25k as is.....

also have another on a cradle in Hawaii that is hull only..similar to the one on GL now...and have a used tube set on the mainland for it. would sell both for 6k.

Let me know if you have an interest in either.

I have a Zodiac 733 that has a cabin and can send pictures if you are interested - not much room for day sailing and working the fordeck, but the design is ideal for ocean crossing.
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Old 07 September 2005, 11:36   #30
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You may be better off buying a boat from the Uk and importing it due to inflatables being so rare in the USA - just did a search on EBAY and only found 4 proper ones!!!

I am sure there are people on here who could help you out and find a shipping agent etc etc.
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