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Old 28 August 2006, 02:26   #21
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If it were me and I was looking for an economical dive boat I would go for a 14 foot SIB. They are just as seaworthy as a RIB (please don't ban me) and they are more cost effective. A 14 foot hypalon sib with a 40 HP engine is fast, economical, and I would easily take it to catalina. I live in AK where nothing is close, and fishing 60 miles from the point of departure is not at all uncommon (but neither is carrying a 55 gallon fuel drum). A 14 foot sib, a four stroke 40 HP and 2 12 gallon tanks will take you a long way from home, and will also carry a good deal of gear. 2 guys, 1 small cooler, and 6 air tanks would be tight in a small boat, but not at all dangerous. Just don't stab it with a dive knife!!!!

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Old 28 August 2006, 03:19   #22
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10 miles from Ventura puts you at the frontside of Anacapa. Kind of depends on what you're going for, but the better diving is on the backside (conditions allowing, of course.) Makes for a triip of about 18 miles (according to a buddy who does it fairly often in his 17' Whaler. I never have. Yet.)

But, in any case, a 15' RIB would be fine for that if you pick your days (actually, you could get out more often than the Whaler, which pounds a lot in chop.) The limiting factor is likely to be how much of a beating your body will take, and how much you're willing to slow down, rather than how much the boat will handle.

You do have one advantage on that trip, as the islands themselves knock down a lot of the NW swell that is prevalent here on the left coast.

Luck;

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Old 28 August 2006, 04:53   #23
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No, but I know Chuck pretty well, too.

The guys name is Kawika. Usually wears a blue hardhat as seagull protection (much to the amusement of other divers in Monterey.)

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Old 28 August 2006, 14:12   #24
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What is an SIB? And how does it differ from a RIB?
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Old 28 August 2006, 14:13   #25
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A SIB is a soft bottom with floorboards-ie pretty much a normal inflatable.
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Old 28 August 2006, 14:36   #26
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O.K. It would be significantly cheaper but it wouldnt give you the performance or the stability of a RIB. I like the RIB because it could handle the weather and has the offshore capabilities im looking for. I wouldn't think that a SIB would.
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Old 28 August 2006, 16:58   #27
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O.K. It would be significantly cheaper but it wouldnt give you the performance or the stability of a RIB. I like the RIB because it could handle the weather and has the offshore capabilities im looking for. I wouldn't think that a SIB would.
Neither would I because much of a RIB's seagoing ability seems to be down to the hull design rather than the water-wings stuck on the outside, thus it follows that a boat with no hull is not going to be a great achiever - though like many things it probably depends on who is driving as much as anything.

I have seen a fairly big SIB out on one windy day when I was out and it looked like riding inside a tumble drier would have been more comfortable, whereas mine was just cruising along with hardly a bump, this thing only had one guy in and a 20hp outboard on the back and it looked like it was going to take off over every single wave. Needed a few cases of beer in the front to keep the nose down

On the other hand they start at less than a grand so I must admit I've been toying with the idea of getting a little one that would take my 6hp aux just for buggering about in and maybe taking to locations I wouldn't want to tow the RIB on its whacking great trailer
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Old 28 August 2006, 21:20   #28
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Hey guys have been lurking here for a while and now became a member. Seems like i'm quite a ways away from most of you being on the West Coast of the US. Looking for a RIB that would handle being taken offshore 15 miles or so. We have a channel here that can be very unpredictable and quite rough. I got a quote from Ribcraft usa for a RIB for a 15' with a 50 horsepower outboard for $30,000 US. Not sure what that equates to for the rest of you but it just about knocked me out of my chair. Is this what I would be looking to pay? Any sugestions you have? Thanx guys

As they say, you get what you pay for. The RIBCRAFT 4.8 will last you 5 times as long as the zodiac. I've seen the resale values of these RIBs extremely high even after 5 or so years. My RIBCRAFT is only a couple years old, but it's the best boat I've ever owned.

RIBs are not more expensive than hard sided boats of the same quality, but yes they do require much more labor and materials to build. You can always find a cheaper boat out there. Think of it more of an investment that will reward you when you're ready to move on, or cash in.

Being local to RIBCRAFT here on the east coast, I see quite a few of them. $30,000 for the 4.8m means you probably chose many options that you probably could do without. I think the average price these days is around $25K. They have great customer service even out west, something you don't always find with other RIB companies. Also, they're great guys to work with.

I would feel comfortable taking even the 4.8 out 15 miles offshore......
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Old 28 August 2006, 22:03   #29
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A lot of your fellow american ribnetters have bought ex gov$ Avon seariders and for not many bucks either. they are one of the toughest small boats ever built and therefore make a really good durable project.
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Old 29 August 2006, 07:31   #30
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Agreed

I agree,
A SIB is not as nice of a ride in rough weather, but it is seaworthy. Another option for a nice seaworthy dive boat is a stabi-craft. I saw them allmost bought a new 17 foot with a 50 horse four stroke honda for 17k at this years boat show, that was before I found the RIB I currently own. I am sure there is a dealer near you. HMMM... Allways love the hassle of decisions for new toys.. Good luck, and let us see what you get!
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