rib or fibreglass?

Old 01-20-2004, 07:35 AM
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Originally posted by petergcmc
Thanks for all your advice - I would prefer the performance boat - but got to start somewhere....

I hope you didn't take that as a condescending statement (it wasn't meant to be)... I just meant you might be looking for info in the wrong place.

Best of luck with the new purchase!

Hopefully someone else can help you out here..

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Old 01-20-2004, 07:43 AM
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As most here, I have no experience in small boats in Grecian waters.

BUT I have seen RIBS absolutely take a whale of a beating and never flinch. Seems thay are ALL built with sturdy wave flattening rigid sections and the inflatable portions keep human bodies from breaking bones as you are tossed around inside them. RIBS also offer a comfy gunwale to sit on.

Small Bayliners (at least in the US models) are not intended to see continuous use in waters that will keep them tossed about. I have no idea if they offer some non US models for harsher water conditions, but that may be the case.

In all honesty, for the world of small boats and hazardous waters, I feel that a Boston Whaler or equivalent knockoff can't be beat. They offer the most solid and reassuring wave bashing ride in a small boat and of course can't be sunk.

* Actually you can beat them quite soundly, and they will keep coming back for more. *

Good luck and welcome to the wide world of boating.
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Old 01-20-2004, 08:28 AM
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The RIB is the only way to go, I have had two and they are the best rough water, shallow water boat around....just look at the Coast Guard. I had an 18 foot Zodiac with a 115 Merc and it was a blast. Get one and keep it forever.
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Old 01-20-2004, 09:52 AM
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Hmmmm MCollinstn got me thinking.... I wonder if there is such a thing as a Grecian Formula...... you know... formula boat made in Greece..... And how many formulas do they have 49 ?
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Old 01-20-2004, 07:38 PM
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Try this forum.
These guys can steer you in the right direction.
Regards, Russ Withiam
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Thanks for all your help - much appreciated!

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