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Old 30 August 2006, 13:51   #41
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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.
Jimmy_Beam, the Zodiac Hurricane's are a different story. You see a lot of those lasting 15-20 years. It's the recreational versions that don't last long.
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Old 30 August 2006, 20:33   #42
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They are like half the price though of other ribs
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Old 01 September 2006, 00:17   #43
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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.
Google turned up this link http://www.govliquidation.com/list/c7073/lna/1.html
A bunch of trashed Searider 5.4s and one 6.0 in Maryland. You could pick any of them up for a song, I'm sure. Looks like most of them might need retubes. They're all described as foam filled, but who knows... They might clean up nicely...
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Old 02 September 2006, 05:59   #44
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I should have married one of those American girls I knew. Don't fkk about go buy that 18 footer Sea rider
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Old 03 September 2006, 14:36   #45
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Maverick, the Ribcraft Mitigator, is back in the water and ready to take you for a spin. With the wind we've been having, it should be a fun ride.
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Old 05 September 2006, 20:35   #46
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They are like half the price though of other ribs
Exactly, you get what you pay for. If you're looking for a quick buy, go for it. But if you want something that will last you're better off choosing more on the higher end of quality and longevity.

The higher the quality, the longer the value will last. You spend more initially, but could get more of it back years down the road when you sell, hopefully to a larger RIB!!
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Old 06 September 2006, 08:21   #47
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They are like half the price though of other ribs
They are half the price because the French use a cheaper tube material then Hypalon. It is interesting that Zodiac only uses Hypalon as standard on their Hurricane line - none of the the other lines (the recreational boats) get it though I did see an ad saying you could "upgrade" to Hypalon on the Pro Open.
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