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Ryobi apparently is a Chinese product sourced exclusively through Home Depot.
Some years ago I called them because the trigger switch in a cosumer-grade drill broke. Cheap 79c dual-pole dual-action sliding switch to make it go forward/reverse, the kind of thing you can pick up anywhere. Except--Ryobi uses a custom switch, no standard product replaces it. And Ryobi DOESN'T SELL PARTS so I couldn't even buy a genuine one for repair.
Now, I do give them credit because after a couple of phone calls explaining how ridiculous it was to throw away a drill set for a 79 cent switch, they actually sent a new set. Not that these are terribly expensive, and it was a generous thing for them to do. (And the ONLY way they could "fix" the drill!)
But I also have no interest in Ryobi anything, at any price, in the future. DeWalt is, or at least was, way better built. More expensive, yes, but better built and parts are, or at least were, sold the same way that all US power tool companies sold replacement parts.
Unless things have changesd, Ryobi also only sold "consumer" grade drills, nothing that can put out the speed and torque that DeWalt, Milwaukee, and the other "contractor grade" companies did.
But buying a home power tool construction set for a small sailboat? Uhuh, I'd buy one good drill and a good set of screwdrivers, wrenches, and pliers. It is a rare day that you need a Sawzall or other power saw on a boat. A Dremel is way more valuable.