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Old 12 March 2003, 23:58   #41
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Why don't people just post up their experiences where they have bought a product from someone local, or not the main dealer, that has met their criteria and is a lot cheaper.

It seems to me that the chances of 10 people wanting an ICOM xyz at the same time are slim. The only thing that comes to mind would be the yearly almanac which people would want at roughly the same time.

In my view if this was to start than it should be done by BIBOA which on the whole ( imo ) represents more Ribsters than are here on RibNet. They already have a committee ! I appreciate that BIBOA is for UK based people and RibNet encompasses the internet and please donít reply about the proís and cons of BIOBA cause its boring.

Then again if someone in another country could get , as an example, a service kit for a Yanmar and ship it over this would be an extremely good idea and what RibNet is all about.

In case Iím not clear the vote is a NO; so three all I believe !

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Old 13 March 2003, 00:19   #42
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So we have 3+cat and 3- So far Thanks for voting Mark, its a sinking ship this thread
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Old 13 March 2003, 10:15   #43
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So we have 3+cat and 3- So far
Negative CH. Its 3+cat v. 3+dog. As a decider you could put the cat up against the dog.
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Old 13 March 2003, 10:53   #44
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I have been watching this thread and can see the proís and cons from both sides from the manufacturer and the customer.

Personally I donít think its going to work because even if someone want a new radio by the time you get everyone together and the money together the admin will be huge and someone will have to do it for free. Therefore, you have one or two guys doing all the work for no money, why should they bother.

Plus as someone has mentioned the fact that more than five people will want the same radar, gps etc is very unlikely.

You have a few choices in my opinion.

1 Get a volunteer who already has a foot hold in the business and is not interested in profit to get a Plastimo account and then sell the goods required at cost plus P&P to any RIBNET member who wants something. This way they can then each have a plastimo catalogue and send this guy the order numbers and a cheque. Only problem is if Plastimo get wind of this then they might not be too happy.
2 Get a company that does mail order to give RIBNET guys a good deal every time. Find someone with good prices and fair that might knock a few percent extra off their margin.

I am not going to vote either way as I have a good relationship with my chandlers and donít mind paying their prices for most things however, sometimes there are one or two of the most expensive items that I would buy without hesitation if it was just that little bit cheaper.

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Old 13 March 2003, 11:18   #45
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3+cat V 3+dog Thanks for imput Dom. Fair comment all ideas welcome.

We need get this what looks like a none starter finished with, So I suggest voting closes Sunday midnight.
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Old 13 March 2003, 12:56   #46
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I've seen some mad ideas in my time but this is the maddest of the lot. It's just not going to work. Be thankful for what we have. If you want to know about anything hit the search buttons or ask a question. In time this oul' Internet and international trade agreements will sort out price differences. Then everyone will be able to own a rib - and won't we be sorry.
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Old 13 March 2003, 13:26   #47
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3+cat For V 4+dog against Thanks Gaelforce and she is very heavy in the stern and were loosing the steering
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Old 13 March 2003, 14:43   #48
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RIB TENT PURCHASE

On the same note I have just got today a tent (short long bimini type 2.50x1.70) for the boat from THE MANUFACTURERS in Greece.

The tent with all straps, fitting, etc etc cost EURO 84.00 (BEAT THAT ONE!!

The name of the manufaturers is:

BAS
Tel No 0030 210 5727504. Unfortunately I have no fax number and before you ask NO they do not have a web site.

They are based in Athens.

The speak little English but they understand and they take CCs.

These people manufacture many things from SS cleats to plastic fuel tanks, seats, benches etc etc. They have a catalalogue and they can send it if you ask for it.

and most important THEY HAVE VERY LOW PRICES

The tent in the photo is the type I wanted. However they have a a range where you can choose from. When I spoke to my mates in FALCON they were also supprised of the price. May be I start importing Bimini Tents in the UK from Greece?? LOLOL
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Old 13 March 2003, 14:48   #49
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The tent 2nd photo

I'll put it on the boat during the weekend and will post a few more photos
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Old 13 March 2003, 15:48   #50
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If this is what I think it is, that is a tarpaulin and not a tent then you may regret covering GRP with it. It will scratch the GRP if you are not careful. I have something very similar a 6 mtr x 8 mtr size which I bought on the continent for only pounds 18.00 and have used it to cover my Seahawk during the winter. I have now ordered a made to measure boat cover for much much more and it is from polyester reinforced PVC material. I will post photos showing the present cover and the new boat cover.
Cheap is not always the best solution

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Old 13 March 2003, 16:18   #51
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Andre is not what you think

Thanks for the info.
The boat is covered with the tarpaulin. The tarpaulin is on top of the actual boat cover and makes no contact with the GRP. As a matter of fact to protect the actual boat cover I cover the boat with two layers of tarpauling. I do this every winter and the tarpaulin is for one use only. Every year I buy a set of new covers (in Greece tarpaulins are very cheap 10 mtrs x 5 mtrs about Euro 10 or 20 can't remember).

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Manos mi old matee can you get me three Tarpouline covers 10x 5 ect Heavy duty

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Old 13 March 2003, 17:25   #53
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No probs considering done. However, they are not that heavy duty. They are OK to cover your boat. That's all.
I think that they do bigger/longer sizes.
Is it 10 x 5 you want or larger say 20 x 10??
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Hi manos 13x6 x3 will be fine as we will have to stitch them up ourselves.Cheers Manos,let me know what I owe you.
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Old 13 March 2003, 18:01   #55
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............let me know what I owe you
A beer or two will be fine!!

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Old 13 March 2003, 18:47   #56
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I'll be in the UK mid next week. Will get the tarpaulin tmo.
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Old 13 March 2003, 19:01   #57
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Sonds great to me, we are away with you boating the weekend 29th,you havnt forgotten have you. I will pick them up then.



Lets forget this, Crazy idea of Saveing money by pooling our resources and forming some moderaters to check the quality and claims for the product ,as it isnt working.So my vote is changed and down she goes.Unless anybody feels that strongly about Salvage,then lets leave her on the bottom.

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Old 13 March 2003, 19:24   #58
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Unless anybody feels that strongly about Salvage,then lets leave her on the bottom.

Too many people (with VERY FEW excemptions) here with conflicting interests to that idea I recon!!

PS 29th is a date
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Keep it simple

Thread sort of went off my original idea

However there is no harm in having a " Value for money thread " where people can simply post items or ideas which could save people money

The post must stay on subject & contain only info /weblinks which are relevant

Each post can quote in the title the item, therefore members can do a search to lovate details

Some examples : a kind forum member obtained a VHF arial for me for 19 quid , excellent value

The 20p off safeway petrol ideas we have shared, could save someone a fortune filling up 30 gallon tank



etc etc
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Good idea Mateboy but we are against apathy and diversification.And its a strong tide going in the wrong direction for some. We tried and failed so we are back to square one.

We are as Dom said against all the odds on this one, as the trade will fight us as some body will tipp them off that were getting trade from X and they will be in jeoperdy of using there Trade account incorectly and maybe loosing it,as it hurts the retailer.

We will be doube dealed By he who smiles with big white teeth and looks after his own pocket.

We can still make our hot tips, but thats about as far as we will ever get as long as we are diversified, as alone we are nothing more than just another good punter. Some of the hot tips will be good but some may well be wrapped up in profit withought a trusted moderator.
But at least we have in common the Sea and Ribs so its a start.
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