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Old 31 March 2013, 23:23   #1
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What is agreeably the best manufacturer of rhibs worldwide?

What do you guys think the best allround manufacturer of rhibs worldwide? Ive always thought that Avon, Willard and Zodiac are up there but what are your thoughts on the topic?
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Avons and Zodiacs are really toys only. For example one of the best is Boomeranger. Even the smallest details in electric cables and nuts and bolts are suberb. I have had several ribs and sold everyone in a year because of leaking hulls, rotten wood inside hull etc. Maybe Tornado and Rubert get close.
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there is no sensible answer to that question. Ask the same question about cars rather than RIBs and you will see that it is all about personal taste, suitability for the particular job, value for money, etc. Almost certainly your top 3 are not going to be the same top 3 for someone outside North America.
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Agree with Poly. There is no "best" of anything in boating. Different people have different intended uses, different sea conditions, and different ideas of what's "good" and "bad" in a boat. What's good for one person may be unsuitable for the next.

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You'll also get a different answer from a recreational (occasional) & commercial users .Some gear wouldn't last 6 months solid use !
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You'll also get a different answer from a recreational (occasional) & commercial users .Some gear wouldn't last 6 months solid use !
There is ThaaaT!
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Either Ribcraft or Madera; all the rest are ghey. For instance: FCC40 Offshore Fast Container Carrier
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Yup, Zodiac's are toys and not a serious manufacturer .......
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Either Ribcraft or Madera; all the rest are ghey. For instance: FCC40 Offshore Fast Container Carrier
"The FCC40 has a rugged Aluminum hull with a solid foam fender"

not a RHIB so doesn't qualify.
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"The FCC40 has a rugged Aluminum hull with a solid foam fender"

not a RHIB so doesn't qualify.
Ok, but are you saying this wouldn't be a cool rib if it had a sponson wrapped round it?
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What do you guys think the best allround manufacturer of rhibs worldwide?
Ribcraft
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Ok, but are you saying this wouldn't be a cool rib if it had a sponson wrapped round it?

Are you smoking something weird?
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Ok, but are you saying this wouldn't be a cool rib if it had a sponson wrapped round it?
Gotta admire a ship designed to submerge and carry the loads they do.
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Gotta admire a ship designed to submerge and carry the loads they do.
They're great aren't they? And look: someone else has said Ribcraft so they must be best.
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Gotta admire a ship designed to submerge and carry the loads they do.
This one, or one very similar is currently parked up in Falmouth Bay.
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"The FCC40 has a rugged Aluminum hull with a solid foam fender"

not a RHIB so doesn't qualify.
I suspect as they have shown only a CAD drawing, it's also a fantasy, so doesn't qualify on those grounds either
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This one, or one very similar is currently parked up in Falmouth Bay.
That must be the Black Marlin then, apparently awaiting orders.
http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/in_p..._Falmouth_Bay/
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That must be the Black Marlin then, apparently awaiting orders.
http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/in_p..._Falmouth_Bay/
Didn't notice a brace of 'em.
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Gotta admire a ship designed to submerge and carry the loads they do.
Wow - someone's in for a surprise when the 26 toy tugboats they bought off Alibaba show up
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