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Chinese RIBBYs / ever heard of these?

I recently heard of this company: Qingdao Binhai Marina Co., Ltd. - Trailer, Boat (Sport Boat, RIB Boat
and have an email request into them for more information on their RIBBY models: RIB360B or the RIB390C, about their costs with the console / steering wheel accessory they sell.

Has anyone heard of these boats? Are they good?

I got one quote back from them:

Hello Doug
Thanks for your kindly interesting of our boats.
RIB360 (no console) price is USD910
If you have other problem,please email me ,i will send you reply as soon as possible
Best regards
julia


Which is an excellent price for a 11.5 foot RIBBy!
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Re: Chinese RIBBYs / ever heard of these?

If you use your dinghy as we do, as our only transportation from the boat to shore, I would be most cautious about getting something with no dealer support on this side of the world. One usually gets what one pays for and as far as inflatables are concerned, it goes double. Our Zodiac Classic Mk1 is seven years old and still fine. Gets cheaper every year!
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Re: Chinese RIBBYs / ever heard of these?

I would not buy direct. Here are my reasons:

1. Too many mom and pa operations in China. The central government cant handle the huge economic growth. Therefore many Regulations and manufacture processs are not defined and followed.
2. You are basically importing yourself. You don't have the know how to ensure the product meets all US regulation.

Too much risk.
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Re: Chinese RIBBYs / ever heard of these?

Oh thank God, for a minute there I thought we were talking about prophylactics.

I too am of the belief that you get what you pay for. Shop around for deals.
I found a very good buy on very slightly used 10-1/2 foot Zodiac, with 15HP Mercury, and trailer for not a whole lot more than what you are looking at spending.
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Re: Chinese RIBBYs / ever heard of these?

friend of mine works for a company that does a lot of manufactoring in china. He says that if you "stay ontop of them" they do good work.. but if you just let them build without oversight.. they cut a LOT of corners to save money on their end
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When its too good to be true.............
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Re: Chinese RIBBYs / ever heard of these?

why it so cheap, maybe just because their cheaper labor. I bought a aquamarine boat 3 years ago, which made in China, it still works well now. well, i agree with the thing about regulation, ensure the product meets all US regulation before buying it. BTW, asking them about the shipping charge, it's always causing some problems.

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Re: Chinese RIBBYs / ever heard of these?

An off-brand Chinese RIB?
Made from PVC fabric?
Seriously?

Hell, I'd sooner take my chances with a Chinese anchor shackle... (grin)

I agree with sailorjk1, I think you'd be far better off in the long run with a used Hypalon boat in decent condition, a PVC inflatable is gonna be false economy when subject to the rigors of liveaboard/full-time cruising...

Here's a pretty good overview of current inflatables from Stephan Lance of Defender... He'll be offering some good deals during their Miami Boat Show, and Spring Warehouse Sale at the end of March, probably the best prices you'll find on new boats already in the States...

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Re: Chinese RIBBYs / ever heard of these?

Buy it and let us know what you think. What the hell?
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Re: Chinese RIBBYs / ever heard of these?

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An off-brand Chinese RIB?
Made from PVC fabric?
Seriously?

Hell, I'd sooner take my chances with a Chinese anchor shackle... (grin)

I agree with sailorjk1, I think you'd be far better off in the long run with a used Hypalon boat in decent condition, a PVC inflatable is gonna be false economy when subject to the rigors of liveaboard/full-time cruising...

Here's a pretty good overview of current inflatables from Stephan Lance of Defender... He'll be offering some good deals during their Miami Boat Show, and Spring Warehouse Sale at the end of March, probably the best prices you'll find on new boats already in the States...

Hi Rick. Happy to help
Their catalogue says that they are made from Hypolon, though I did ask specifically what either of the 2 models I am interested in are made of.

If they are of PVC, I would not buy one.

I was hoping someone had some / any actual first hand knowledge of this manufacturer in order to respond to the "default" reasoning, i.e., "too good to be true", "Chinese manufacturing is questionable", etc.

Someone must have used some of these?
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