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Sailmc 04-21-2004 07:07 AM

RIB Dingy with aluminum bottom
 
A couple of years ago I saw a rigid inflatable dingy with an aluminum bottom instead of the usual FRP. It was quite a bit lighter than an FRP boat. Does anyone know who makes them or where to get one?

jkumin 04-21-2004 07:46 AM

RIB Dingy with aluminum bottom
 
We sailed this winter with friends on their boat in Mexico, who had a Force 4 RIB from New Zealand. The Force 4 dinghy uses a system where the tubes are attached to the aluminum hull with bolt rope like sections that slide into matching slots in the hull. This allows the tubes to be completely removed for storage or replacement. Force 4 dinghies are hard to find in North America. You can get them at www.discount-marine.co.nz/ who sell in US$ and will ship. It motored fine and rowed decently except the oars were way too short (as is typical of inflatables).

hamiam 04-21-2004 07:57 AM

RIB Dingy with aluminum bottom
 
Also, I believe that a couple of people make inflatables with plastic hulls that are quiet light. Just a thought. Check out www.defender.com - they sell all the major lines and some of the minor ones.

admiral 04-21-2004 09:16 AM

RIB Dingy with aluminum bottom
 
You might want to look at AB dinghies. They make both aluminum bottoms and a line of "lite" fiberglass. If you are going to use the boat in saltwater, you might want to avoid aluminum - once it is scratched through the paint, it will corrode. The difference in weight between the lite fiberglass and aluminum is not that great.

RichardElliott 04-21-2004 03:24 PM

RIB Dingy with aluminum bottom
 
Look at Aquapro from New Zealand. It is marine grade aluminum which does not corrode when scratched. I disagree with the statement regarding weight. The Aquapeo aluminum is much lighter than fiberglass, i.e. 78lbs. for an 8''6" vs. over 100lbs. for any of the fiberglass that I looked at. I can haul the Aquapro on deck by myself and it goes like the devil with 8hp.

praredog 05-27-2004 05:01 PM

RIB Dingy with aluminum bottom
 
To: Sailmc
We import & market Force4 RIB''S from New Zealand.
For details: http://csimarine.tripod.com/feedback
Or call (Cell# 403 394 8847)
We have the 8.5, 9''1", & 10''3" Tender sizes.
The boats are in Vancouver Canada, but we have shipped across N.America.

Sailmc 05-28-2004 04:23 AM

RIB Dingy with aluminum bottom
 
I get an error on your web address.

ian6460 05-28-2004 07:47 AM

RIB Dingy with aluminum bottom
 
Richard

Do you have any idea who in the U.S. sells Aquapro. I did a search and couldn''t find any U.S. distributors


Sailmc,
Leave off the: /feedback and it takes you to their site. (http://csimarine.tripod.com)

RichardElliott 05-28-2004 05:08 PM

RIB Dingy with aluminum bottom
 
Ballard Inflatable Boats, Seattle. Phone: (206)784-4014. There must be many dealers in British Columbia as I have seen many of them while cruising there.

dizzydean17 08-19-2009 04:51 PM

We have owned 2 Aquapro RIB's and are actually selling a little 14' Jockey with a 40 HP Yamaha engine in really nice shape. It does have the aluminum hull that you speak of. As you say the aluminum hull is a really nice option and gives you a feeling of security.


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