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Old 27 August 2006, 15:41   #1
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Which RIB?

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
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Old 27 August 2006, 15:58   #2
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I got a price list from Ribcraft UK recently and the package price for the 4.8m boat (which I guess is your 15') comes in at about £12000 (about $23000 at current exchange rate) before you add anything (i.e. it is a single seater, no A frame, presumably no VHF fishfinder etc) so I guess your $30,000 is probably not too far off the mark once you start adding some of the options you'd be likely to want?
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Old 27 August 2006, 16:03   #3
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I really love RIBs but for that price you can get yourself a 24' foot boat with a cabin and a diesel.
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Old 27 August 2006, 16:17   #4
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Yeh,

Ribs are quite expensive compared to other boats. It got me thinking why, the only thing I've been able to come up with is that the tubes must be very labour intensive to put together and thats where the money goes.

Also I guess some of the costs are purely down to supply and demand. In the UK RIBs are popular and the homegrown ones, which are the ones we tend to go for, tend to be expensive because its still quite a small supply that becomes available.

Personally because of my circumstances I need a RIB. I need to be able to tow it and at a push I want to launch on my own.

If I had a place in a Marina on a pontoon I would seriously consider a boat with a cabin.

But for me its a RIB now. I also think there fun and when you get it wrong they seem very forgiving, except for stuffing (Personal very bad experience, which will no doubt happen again, and I hope the tubes stay on then as well), and they float when full of water.
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Old 27 August 2006, 16:25   #5
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i know that this may open a can of worms but what about pvc tubes instead of the hypalon if your willing to keep it out of the sun and care for it? Just thoughts.
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I recently purchased a Zodiac Pro 9 which is about 15 feet (4.7m) with a Suzuki 50 4 stroke. Cost about 10K (US$17,000) including A frame, lights, etc. Thought that was a reasonable buy and very happy with the performance.
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Old 27 August 2006, 17:12   #7
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i know that this may open a can of worms but what about pvc tubes instead of the hypalon if your willing to keep it out of the sun and care for it? Just thoughts.
"Is there a price difference. Labour will still be the same to stick all those fiddly bits together" ?
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That sounds like a more reasonable offer and I like the zodiacs better. I thought that i had read that there was quite a price difference between the hypalon and pvc tubes. Correct me if im wrong.
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My 22 year old hypalon toobs haven't needed topping up and it's been in the water all week. I wonder if there's any PVC toobed ribs about that can say the same?
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Old 27 August 2006, 17:17   #10
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I really love RIBs but for that price you can get yourself a 24' foot boat with a cabin and a diesel.
Horses for courses I think. I love the fun factor with RIBs and, like Biggles, I need to be able to launch and recover it myself almost every time I do it, which I doubt I could do with most other types of boat but is really quite easy with the RIB now I have got the hang of it.

I don't know much about tube materials except that everything I have ever read on the subject says that Hypalon is the best for the job, so I don't think I'd go for second best on what is a fairly expensive bit of equipment, my thought is that it would be a false economy. I must admit though, the one thing that I don't like about RIBs is that the tubes are relatively fragile and relatively labour intensive, if somebody would invent some sort of self-sealing un-burstable Kevlar bulletproof tube at a reasonable price I'd be sold on the idea!

I also like the safety, because basically its unsinkable, though I'm glad to say I haven't seriously tried out that side of things yet

But the sheer Grin Factor wins the day for me, because that's why I got it, for fun. Nothing to beat it on a fine day, compared to something with a roof on its like the difference between riding a powerful bike and driving a saloon car
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