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Old 03 March 2009, 23:23   #1
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Zefir RIBs?

Does anyone out there know anything about Zefir boats. I can't even figure out where they are Manufactured.

I have a friend checking out a Zefir G600. The pics look very sweet but I've never heard of the manufacturer. Maybe Brazil?

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Old 04 March 2009, 10:25   #2
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I know nothing about them but their address (taken from their website) is Av. Yervant Kissajikian, 2859 - Americanópolis - São Paulo/SP - Cep: 04428-010 Telefone: (0xx11) 5621-0008

The website is http://www.zefir.com.br/index.html

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Old 05 March 2009, 15:14   #3
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Hi there,
I think that I can help you out

Zefir is a traditional inflatable boat manufacturer in Brazil, until 2003 they only had boats made of PVC, now thereīs the Hypalon option.

The G600 is a good boat with and excelent finnish, but to be quite honest the tubes and bow are "too low" and they seem to drag a lot in the water...
US$21k in PVC
US$26k in Hypalon
http://www.zefir.com.br/botes.html

Thereīs the G800 boat and thatīs a whole different story...that would be my choice if I didnīt had to tow it with my car
http://www.zefir.com.br/destaques.html
US$29k in PVC
US$37k in Hypalon

The best RIB manufacturer in Brazil itīs called Flexboat, they have lotīs of models and thereīs the SR550 and SR620 that are great, but pretty expensive...
SR550 US$28k
SR620 US$32k
http://www.flexboat.com.br/lazer.htm

Iīve had 2 Flexboat and loved them, but Iīm looking for a boat with a higher bow, and that I canīt find in a Brazilliam RIB with less than 7m...so Iīm about to import a RIB from China, that will cost me around US$28k delivered in Brazil (with a 98% importing taxes and freight) for a 6.8m RIB with Hypalon tubes(pics attached)

I have a quote that I ordered a few months a go for the G600, if you guys have interest in it or another Flexboat and Zefir model I can order a and mail them to you, the size is to big to post it here...

If you guys have any suggestion on these chinese RIBīs I would be much appreciated

Best Regards,
Nelson
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Old 09 March 2009, 19:16   #4
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Just checked the price with Zefir
The G600:
US$19k in PVC
US$23k in Hypalon

The 6.8m chinese RIB made of Hypalon delivered in Brazil will cost US$21k, the importing taxes for boats with outboard engines are actually 40%
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Old 16 March 2009, 02:37   #5
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Nelson,
Thanks for the reply that is very helpful. I will have him check to see that the boat is the hypalon version.

Thanks again
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Old 15 December 2010, 14:03   #6
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Info on retubing Zefir G600 RIB with Hypalon?

Nelson (or anyone), I am interested in finding out if Zefir has a Hypalon retubing kit for the G600 (and what it costs)? Also, I have heard a rumor that Zefir has a distributor in Canada. Does anyone know who that is or if they have any distributor in the US?

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