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Old 21 September 2002, 00:16   #1
Country: USA
Make: ???
Length: 26' and 48'
Engine: Suzuki 140's, 315hp cummings
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 2
Need help finding a manufacturer for a RIB

I've been all over the net looking for a manufacturer that has or can build us a replacement for one of our ribs. The boat I'm looking to purchase a replacement for is the 48 footer here:

The following is needed:

reliability (gonna run 6hr trips 6 days a week)
45 feet plus
30+ knots
a swimstep
a onboard restroom
30+ gal fresh water tank
dry storage would be nice
a large canopy covering
trailer to haul out of the water for weekly maintenance.

Thanks for any help!

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Old 21 September 2002, 01:06   #2
Country: UK - England
Town: Iver, Bucks, UK
Boat name: Prime Rib II
Make: Humber Ocean Pro
Length: 6m +
Engine: Mercruiser 1.7 diese
MMSI: 235086032
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 443
I went on their so-called 'adventure' 7 years ago and nowhere did it say it was so addictive that when I returned to the UK I would have to spend a fortune. It started with just a small inflatable but such is the addiction that soon that wasn't big enough so I bought a 5.8 RIB. Now I've just spent more money on a bigger RIB, to say nothing of two Jeep Cherokees and the Front Drive strengthening over the years!. Yes, go on a Napali Coast tour and you will be Hooked! THEY HAVE NO CONSCIENCE!

Well OK, it probably is the best, most exciting, beautiful, fantastic trip ever..... but is it worth getting addicted to RIBS?

OK, it is!

There were two outfits doing the tour at the time. Captain Zodiac and (I think). Napali tours or Hanalei? Which were the people we went with........ So, was that YOU who cost me so much? There was a guy called Jonah who drove... Can't remember the Captains name!

Some suggestions for RIBS......


RIBCRAFT at (They have USA Site)


Or Halmatic, Tornado etc, etc.

Or there are loads of links at

I have a photo of Jonah if he's still there with you..... Blackmail is a wonderful thing!

Do I get a cheap trip next time I go to Hawaii?

Mike, (I love you really) Carson

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Old 21 September 2002, 01:35   #3
Country: USA
Make: ???
Length: 26' and 48'
Engine: Suzuki 140's, 315hp cummings
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 2
There has been a lot of changes if it has been 7 years since your last trip to Kauai... They don't allow any boats to depart from Hanalei so all the boats now have to leave from the west side of the island... So the travel time is twice as far... which means we have to travel twice as fast (You'd love it!!!)

Anyways thanks for the links... I checked them out but none of the boats they have are big enough.. When we bought this RIB 10 years ago it was from a company in California, but I can't recall the name... It was probably a special order which is why I can't find anything comprabable...

Anyways... come back and see us... I'll save you some $$$ trip next time!

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Old 21 September 2002, 02:53   #4
Country: UK - England
Town: Southampton
Make: Camel
Length: 6.5
Engine: Honda 130
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 46
Ocean Dynamics might be able to help you, they certainly make some big ribs a 43 footer that does 30 Knots

Here is the web address,

If you buy one then please invite me to the test drive

good luck
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