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Old 09-16-2007, 02:37 AM
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Default An Offshore Performance R.I.B.? Step Bottoms, V10 Engines, 90 mph!

I didn't realize they were into these on the other side of the pond, offshore performance RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boat). Here is 29 footer with a step bottom, and a guy on a RIB forum is putting an Ilmore V-10 in his!

Revenger 29 Step Bottom RIB

Nearly Completed Ilmor V-10 in RIB The thread indicates they are getting about 80 knots (92 mph) out of this package in a RIB.

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Old 09-16-2007, 07:35 AM
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I don't know a lot about these, who are the major manufactures?
How about some dealers in the Northeast?
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We just purchased the latest High Performance Cougar 10 meter rib for an offshore safety boat. She will be powered by 2 Merc racing 300xs. Currently being rigged at TNT Custom Marine

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I don't know a lot about these, who are the major manufactures?
How about some dealers in the Northeast?
Just browsing around the rib.net forum, I found three brands in the performance category which have stepped hulls, Mercury V-8s and Ilmor V-10s, and speeds of 90 mph or more:

Artic Blue

Gold Fish

Revenger

All of these manufacturers are in the UK or Europe, so I don't know if they have dealers here.

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http://www.cougar-powerboats.com/
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Michael are you the same person who was looking for Powerboat Mags a few months ago????? When I was involved
with Team Scarab here in SoCal we developed a line of RIB
boats called "SCARIB" it had NO connection to Wellcraft so I
beleive they are still around.
I also Rerigged a old Navy seal 33 rib for a Movie Film Group
im involved with www.cinemarineteam.com
Oh I never got a email back about the powerboats so I gave
them to the local Marine Base. Mike J.
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I bet those will be fun as heck!
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GB Performance Marine LLC based in Deland FL are the US distributors for Revenger ribs,we are currently finishing rigging our 30ft demonstrator with the Ilmor 625 & Imco Extreme drive,we have been blown away with the positive reactions shown by Americans who have seen our rib even in its unfinished state.We anticipate starting prop testing & setup work in the next week,I will keep you all posted as to our progress.We think that interest in ribs will go from strength to strength in the US & I am looking forward to starting demonstrating our boat really soon,thanks for the interest & enthusiasm.Gordon McMath.
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I also Rerigged a old Navy seal 33 rib for a Movie Film Group
im involved with www.cinemarineteam.com
Oh I never got a email back about the powerboats so I gave
them to the local Marine Base. Mike J.

Having spent many years in the SEAL teams and untold hours in both HSB's and RIBS I'll say , if ya havn't spent time in a RIB in rough seas ya might want to. They are a miserable, wet ride. End of story. Of all the different iterations of RIBS I've been in they have one ugly trait in common. They offer no protection from the elements for the crew. The HSB's with their tall gunnels and decent freeboard are hands down, such a better boat for open water. The only reason the Teams are moving away from the HSB, is due to the Fleet NAVY wanting to rid the ships of MOGAS, or gasoline. They are in the process of going to 100% jet fuel which diesels love. Even the 55HP outboards for the Zodiac 470's me eventually go to diesel when they get lite enough(in process)



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There usually a brand at the Lauderdale Boat Show on display under the tent at the Convention Center.
Saw it either last year or the year before.
Center console version had Merc 500 or 525 with Bravomdrive. Could be had with cuddy also. Seats were spring loaded. Race them in the North Sea.
Mid 20 foot something size.
Cool Cool boat!!
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