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Old 29 August 2006, 07:33   #31
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[QUOTE=Tibs] 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.


What's wrong with Zodiac? Mine is 17 years old and is in excellent shape.
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Old 29 August 2006, 12:45   #32
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My friend just got a stabicraft about two months ago. They are the New Zealand version of ACB. It is an awesome boat and at half the price of the ACB. I would rather be in a RIB than an aluminum boat. Aluminum boats break welds in our channel on a regular basis. Im getting a quote from zodiac to see if they would be any better priced. I know that a zodiac isn't a ribcraft but if there is a significant price difference then I dont mind as much.
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Old 29 August 2006, 12:47   #33
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Where are people over on this side of the pond finding the used ex military ribs. I can find very little of any used RIBs over here.
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Old 29 August 2006, 13:21   #34
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Welcome and good job on finding this site. We too found it a very helpfull tool in choosing a RIB. We ended up with a 7.8M Ribcraft, which is bigger than you are looking for but very much like the product and do exactly the kind of boating you are thinking about doing.

Check out our website and then come by for a ride and you'll be sold. Got to go. Call us.
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Old 29 August 2006, 14:01   #35
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they are coming direct from the gov surplus auctions or bought secondhand.

I'll try and ferret out the posts from some of them and you can ask em yourself,


by the way if you calculate the longevity of a new ribcraft using the tibjimbzod equation

then one tib + 5 Jimbzod
given that we already know that an jimbzod =17

I reckon a new ribcraft would last you 85 years
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Old 29 August 2006, 14:16   #36
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Channel Watch you guys do have an awesome RIB. I would love to take a look at it sometime.
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Old 29 August 2006, 15:05   #37
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One of the nice things about Ribcraft is that the same quality and ride characteristics carry throughout their entire size range. The Mitigator is currently on the trailer for maintenance but should be back in the water very soon. Do let us take you for a spin before making any decissions.

Is the friend with the Stabicraft Andy? I'll swap a ride on the Mitigator for a ride on the Stabicraft. I'm curious about the ride and handling differences.

Give us a call,
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Old 29 August 2006, 15:41   #38
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Hey Paul the friend with the stabicraft is Andy. Its a cool boat and I wouldnt hesitate to go out on it in some rough weather, but I feel that a RIB would prove to be a smoother ride.
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Old 29 August 2006, 17:24   #39
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Where are people over on this side of the pond finding the used ex military ribs. I can find very little of any used RIBs over here.
I'm one of those guys. Found an ex-USCG 5.4mR Searider on eBay. Happened to be located one town away, and was offered by my mooring guy. He bought it at a govmt surplus auction and never got around to fitting it out. eBay really is the #1 place to look, though you have to be patient. I was watching for nearly a year before I found my RIB. There was one on YachtWorld.com for a long time, so I suppose it's worth watching there too. THere's little option for immediate gratification if you're lookng for a used RIB in the US. I suspect that most, if not all of the Seariders have been retired and sold off by the gvmt already.

I recently spend a day on a Ribcraft 4.8. Great RIB too, though it was a calm day. A Ribcraft is probably the only boat I would consider trading my Searider for, that's readily availible in the USA. Saw a Mitigator rolling through town on its trailer today (I'm in Ribcraft USA's hometown).
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Old 29 August 2006, 18:17   #40
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I've found and reconditioned several ex-military RIBs in the USA over the past few years - just do a google search for government surplus and you can quickly find more web sites than you will have time to keep up with. For example, I've sold two 24' Willard RIBs with 180hp inboard diesels this year for less than $30k each, and several last year from 18' to 30' (early 90's vintage).

I currently have a 5.4 SeaRider that is hull and tubes only and needs the rub strake re-attached; a 24' Zodiac Hurricane 733 that is hull only; and a 30' 600hp jet drive Novamarine. The Novamarine is sold (I think), but the Zodiac may still be available, although there is a buyer if I can get it transported to him.

The price for new RIBs anywhere is high, so these ex-military ones can be a very good way to get on the water with a lot of boat for relatively little money - but plan on doing some work yourself to keep the price as low as possible. Best of luck with your search....
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