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Old 23 August 2007, 18:01   #11
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They don't stand up to well against shark attacks either
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Old 23 August 2007, 18:02   #12
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They don't stand up to well against shark attacks either
Just be fast on the throttle.
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Old 23 August 2007, 18:58   #13
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They get plenty of sun in California - the old Avon RIBs knocking around seem to last well enough - 20 or 30 years and still going strong!!!

I think it's mainly down to the colour of the tubes - grey seems to survive almost anything. My nice shiny blue tubes had oxidised in just 1 summer. Now they are clean ahain I keep applying the sun tan lotion.............
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Old 23 August 2007, 19:23   #14
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I after Shark, Shark not after I.

My SeaRider lives at 17 degrees North of the equator, the land of UV and is 9 years old without noticable UV damage. I keep the tubes covered possibly 50% of the time. Grey they are....and brown I.

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Old 23 August 2007, 20:27   #15
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Thanks for your replies,

I think the reason for not using Ribs is probably one of the following reasons:

1) About 60% of boat sales seem to be for fishing applications.
2) They like to build their boats like their cars, big, ugly and heavy.
3) Apart from a couple of months a year these guys experience fair weather boating.

At the Perth boat show i saw this interesting fast fisher, this is their version of a pontoon boat. The question why springs to mind?

www.typhoonboats.com.au

Check it out but please do not laugh too hard.
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Old 23 August 2007, 20:32   #16
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What i did not mention is that i gave the salesman my number and he is trying to arrange a time for a quick sea trial. I will let everyone know what i think of it.
He did also assure me with the 140 he had on the back that it would go 40 knots. My answer to this was "REALLY!"

See for yourselves
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Old 23 August 2007, 20:37   #17
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That Typhoon boat looks like the type of boat I saw JM Coustaeu using off South Africa on TV tonight. It was certainly fasT but it had twin Yam 150's on the back.
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Old 24 August 2007, 01:48   #18
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I e-mailed Gemini Ribs about interest in a 8.5m Gemini to be used as a Rib tour package, see attached picture.

The next best thing was when i asked for a ball park price for the thing, was shocked to hear Aus$190,000. Ouch.

Probably as cheap to get a brand i know imported from the UK.

May decide to buy a canoe and start paddling instead!!
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Old 24 August 2007, 07:40   #19
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Bloody hell that's almost £80,000!!!

Just get a much better British boat and get it shipped down. I suspect engines MAY be cheaper with you so you could get it rigged there.
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Old 24 August 2007, 16:40   #20
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Theres also aquapro and naiad.

http://www.naiad.co.nz/
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