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Old 18 October 2012, 02:48   #71
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What I don't understand is why prices of new ribs have gone up so much in the last 4 years when we are in the middle of a period of general economic downturn.

I brought a brand new family orientated 7.5 metre rib with 275verado 4 years ago for 38,850, sold it 12 months ago for 32,500, and the cost of a new one today is early 60,000s with price rise due in December.

I understand exchange rates moved which meant imported items like outboards became more expensive, but they are moving back towards were the exchange rates were, so why the 50% increase.

I would like to buy another one but 60,000 is too much.
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Old 18 October 2012, 04:19   #72
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So why are second hand ribs so cheap now, they're everywhere, if new ones are 50% more

I guess more 5.5-6m sold when free credit was available to those with no "real" money. They're now being sold as the owners realise they aren't rich and can't remortgage again! New ones are being sold though to the "real" rich an money is no object. I'll have a 50" plasma GPS with 6 ullmans covered in panda fur on my 7.5m please Jeeves.
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Old 18 October 2012, 04:58   #73
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So why are second hand ribs so cheap now, they're everywhere, if new ones are 50% more

I guess more 5.5-6m sold when free credit was available to those with no "real" money. They're now being sold as the owners realise they aren't rich and can't remortgage again! New ones are being sold though to the "real" rich an money is no object. I'll have a 50" plasma GPS with 6 ullmans covered in panda fur on my 7.5m please Jeeves.
Funny how people have different perceptions. Speaking to one of the sales guys at the yard where I bought my new RIB last month, he said that sales of new RIBs have absolutely plummetted in the last couple of years (perhaps as low as 10-15% of previous numbers), but that their stock of used RIBs turns over very quickly. Net result is that used values/prices are high, but big discounts have to be given to shift new models.
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Old 18 October 2012, 06:01   #74
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I wonder whether boat production will be changed significantly in coming years by the rapid progress of 3D printing?

At the moment, it's used for fairly small stuff, like this 3D manufactured model plane:

Industrial revolution. 3D printing ushers in a new age :: University of Southampton

However, the technology is advancing rapidly and it can only be a matter of time before something the size of a boat hull can be made with it. Obviously, there'd be issues with finding a suitable material that can be fabricated, but actually a boat hull would be almost the perfect thing to make with a 3D printer.

I've seen articles saying you'll be able to print out your own smartphone, etc., but that's way, way off (how on earth would you print out the electronics like nanometre scale silicon chips?). However, a boat hull - only a matter of years, certainly within a decade. Whether it would be seen as being of the same quality as a hand laid up fibreglass hull, who knows...

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I wonder whether boat production will be changed significantly in coming years by the rapid progress of 3D printing?

At the moment, it's used for fairly small stuff, like this 3D manufactured model plane:

Industrial revolution. 3D printing ushers in a new age :: University of Southampton

However, the technology is advancing rapidly and it can only be a matter of time before something the size of a boat hull can be made with it. Obviously, there'd be issues with finding a suitable material that can be fabricated, but actually a boat hull would be almost the perfect thing to make with a 3D printer.


I've seen articles saying you'll be able to print out your own smartphone, etc., but that's way, way off (how on earth would you print out the electronics like nanometre scale silicon chips?). However, a boat hull - only a matter of years, certainly within a decade. Whether it would be seen as being of the same quality as a hand laid up fibreglass hull, who knows...

Gerry

Wow, the pace of technology is just amazing. Thats not too far away from stuff we were watching on Sci Fi a few years ago
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I wonder whether boat production will be changed significantly in coming years by the rapid progress of 3D printing?

At the moment, it's used for fairly small stuff, like this 3D manufactured model plane:

Industrial revolution. 3D printing ushers in a new age :: University of Southampton

However, the technology is advancing rapidly and it can only be a matter of time before something the size of a boat hull can be made with it. Obviously, there'd be issues with finding a suitable material that can be fabricated, but actually a boat hull would be almost the perfect thing to make with a 3D printer.

I've seen articles saying you'll be able to print out your own smartphone, etc., but that's way, way off (how on earth would you print out the electronics like nanometre scale silicon chips?). However, a boat hull - only a matter of years, certainly within a decade. Whether it would be seen as being of the same quality as a hand laid up fibreglass hull, who knows...

Gerry
Wow, that is pretty amazing! And reading the article, increasing or reducing size is just a case of adjusting scale, so one design of hull could potentially be 'printed' at any length to suit a particular buyer's need. Beam me up Scotty!
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When I got the guided tour of the Whale Pumps plant, they showed us their 3D printer - they spoke very highly of it - they could design and "print" all sorts of small bits and pieces during the design stages of a new product.

donegaldan was VERY impressed with it. He saw great potential for the future, as a kind of 3D fax machine. He said people would "printax" rude things to each other
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When I got the guided tour of the Whale Pumps plant, they showed us their 3D printer - they spoke very highly of it - they could design and "print" all sorts of small bits and pieces during the design stages of a new product.

donegaldan was VERY impressed with it. He saw great potential for the future, as a kind of 3D fax machine. He said people would "printax" rude things to each other
& now the Higgs Boson has been found (sort of) it's only a matter (matter geddit) of time before the replicators & transporters a'la Star Trek are reality.

PS Still waiting for the red pen man
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There you go ... made it right for ME [/B]
by changing your quote to put "slightly completely" wrong information in.
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RIB COSTS TO PLASTIC BOATS????

put the flecther 238 and a 8mtr rib in the rough stuff and you know why neal

ps my 8mtr rib is still for sale and open to offers 07973442264
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