Cruisers Forum
 


Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on Cruisers Forums. Advertise Here
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 12-01-2024, 07:54   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: BVI
Boat: Leopard 40 (new model)
Posts: 1,386
AB or Carib dinghy?

Hello everybody
I am ready to buy a 11 or 12ft Hypalon RIB with fiberglass double hull and bow locker. I have to decide between the AB VS12 series (which I had in the past) and the Carib HFP330BL or Sea Rover 360. Are there any suggestions as to which brand shoudl I prefer?
Thanks
svlamorocha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2024, 07:58   #2
Registered User
 
pcmm's Avatar

Join Date: May 2014
Location: Whitby, Canada
Boat: Morgan Out Island 41
Posts: 2,283
Images: 2
Re: AB or Carib dinghy?

Have you considered an aluminum hulled dinghy? They're slightly lighter for the same length and the aluminum hull is definitely tougher than fiberglass
pcmm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2024, 08:14   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: BVI
Boat: Leopard 40 (new model)
Posts: 1,386
Re: AB or Carib dinghy?

Quote:
Originally Posted by pcmm View Post
Have you considered an aluminum hulled dinghy? They're slightly lighter for the same length and the aluminum hull is definitely tougher than fiberglass
Thanks. They are lighter AND cheaper. I have stayed away from them because of the folk wisdom that they are difficult to repair. I may need to question that because I have never done anything to the hull of a RIB that required repair.
svlamorocha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2024, 09:02   #4
Registered User
 
pcmm's Avatar

Join Date: May 2014
Location: Whitby, Canada
Boat: Morgan Out Island 41
Posts: 2,283
Images: 2
Re: AB or Carib dinghy?

Quote:
Originally Posted by svlamorocha View Post
Thanks. They are lighter AND cheaper. I have stayed away from them because of the folk wisdom that they are difficult to repair. I may need to question that because I have never done anything to the hull of a RIB that required repair.
Definitely look into it. Where I am aluminum hulled dinghies are far more common that fiberglass hulled now. by a margin of 5 to 1 at least
pcmm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2024, 10:01   #5
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Currently St. Petersburg Florida
Boat: Ovni 37 Sonate
Posts: 437
Re: AB or Carib dinghy?

Mantus and GoDu make hard RIB type dinghies that wont deflate, one plastic and one is aluminum. Might check them out.



I personally wont buy another deflatable.
__________________
To really live you must realize your limits do not exist.
BenBowSirocco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2024, 10:05   #6
Registered User
 
pcmm's Avatar

Join Date: May 2014
Location: Whitby, Canada
Boat: Morgan Out Island 41
Posts: 2,283
Images: 2
Re: AB or Carib dinghy?

Quote:
Originally Posted by BenBowSirocco View Post
Mantus and GoDu make hard RIB type dinghies that wont deflate, one plastic and one is aluminum. Might check them out.



I personally wont buy another deflatable.
wow GoDu charge $2k just for paint!

Mantus dinghy isn't available yet. Its rotomolded, unless they've been very careful its going to be HEAVY!!
pcmm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2024, 10:07   #7
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Currently St. Petersburg Florida
Boat: Ovni 37 Sonate
Posts: 437
Re: AB or Carib dinghy?

Quote:
Originally Posted by pcmm View Post
wow GoDu charge $2k just for paint!

Mantus dinghy isn't available yet. Its rotomolded unless they've been very careful its going to be HEAVY



Yeah the powdercoated version certainly adds some money.. But powdercoat is an expensive process.

Personally I dont really see why someone would want the powedercoating on a boat like that since the boat will last practically forever, but we all know the coating wont.



I think the Mantus is 190lbs.
__________________
To really live you must realize your limits do not exist.
BenBowSirocco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2024, 10:15   #8
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2015
Boat: R&C Leopard 40
Posts: 891
Re: AB or Carib dinghy?

Aluminum is WAY lighter. I wouldn't do powdercoat as it won't last. Definitely agree with bow locker and false floor. We downgraded from 10.5 AB FRP to 9.5' AB (floor/locker) and it was close to 50 lbs IIRC. Of course some of that is length. AB has a great reputation. Not sure about the others.

Comparing 10.5 AB models it looks like 38 pounds from fiberglass to aluminum.
__________________
-Chris
FlyingScot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2024, 10:16   #9
Registered User

Join Date: May 2014
Boat: Shuttleworth Advantage
Posts: 2,342
Images: 3
Re: AB or Carib dinghy?

Quote:
Originally Posted by pcmm View Post
wow GoDu charge $2k just for paint!

Mantus dinghy isn't available yet. Its rotomolded, unless they've been very careful its going to be HEAVY!!

The GoDu isn't light at 75kg - The paint (powder coating) adds another 3kg.
I have a 3.1 ali bottomed rib and it weighs in at 34kg. Coming up for 18 years old and been striped and repainted and retubed (loose tubes) once after 11 years. Definitely recommend ali over GRP for weight and durability.
Tupaia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2024, 10:20   #10
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Currently St. Petersburg Florida
Boat: Ovni 37 Sonate
Posts: 437
Re: AB or Carib dinghy?

The AB ultralight 10.5 dinghy is 96lbs.. Never heard of one lighter than that- what brand is yours Tupaia?



I personally cant lift or carry around 75lbs anyway, so we always use the halyard to move our boat if its not on our davits. To me since its too heavy for us to lift anyway, we dont worry too much about it.
__________________
To really live you must realize your limits do not exist.
BenBowSirocco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2024, 10:32   #11
Registered User

Join Date: May 2014
Boat: Shuttleworth Advantage
Posts: 2,342
Images: 3
Re: AB or Carib dinghy?

Quote:
Originally Posted by BenBowSirocco View Post
The AB ultralight 10.5 dinghy is 96lbs.. Never heard of one lighter than that- what brand is yours Tupaia?



I personally cant lift or carry around 75lbs anyway, so we always use the halyard to move our boat if its not on our davits. To me since its too heavy for us to lift anyway, we dont worry too much about it.

Force 4 - New Zealand Company sadly no longer in production. Clever design whereby the tubes are attached using bot ropes so the collar is removable and easy to replace.



I just googled them and maybe CS Marine in PNW is now making / selling them?? They list one slightly bigger than mine F3150 at 40kg and one slightly smaller F2800 at 33kg


https://csimarine.tripod.com/feedback.htm
Tupaia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2024, 11:05   #12
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Annapolis, MD
Boat: Gozzard, 44CC, 50'
Posts: 559
Re: AB or Carib dinghy?

I had a Force 4 for over 20 years before the tubes just couldn't be sealed any more. Had it on many rocky New England beaches and never had a problem with the aluminum hull. Wish they were still around as they had a great design . They were just ahead of their time and didn't know how to market their product. I'd also recommend looking at Highfield as they are who I went with to replace my Force 4. In my book, unless you're going for a high performance / center console RIB, I'd only go with aluminum. JMHO
Scrimshaw4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-05-2024, 13:59   #13
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2020
Location: Panama
Boat: Antares 44i
Posts: 138
Images: 2
Re: AB or Carib dinghy?

Quote:
Originally Posted by svlamorocha View Post
Hello everybody
I am ready to buy a 11 or 12ft Hypalon RIB with fiberglass double hull and bow locker. I have to decide between the AB VS12 series (which I had in the past) and the Carib HFP330BL or Sea Rover 360. Are there any suggestions as to which brand shoudl I prefer?
Thanks
Hi svlamorocha, what did you end up choosing and why? How's it been? I'm going through exactly the same deliberations, now. Caribe C12 vs AB Lammina 11AL.
CaptainMarkS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-05-2024, 14:28   #14
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: BVI
Boat: Leopard 40 (new model)
Posts: 1,386
Re: AB or Carib dinghy?

Quote:
Originally Posted by CaptainMarkS View Post
Hi svlamorocha, what did you end up choosing and why? How's it been? I'm going through exactly the same deliberations, now. Caribe C12 vs AB Lammina 11AL.
I ended up buying a 11ft Carib (not Caribe). Carib is the house brand of Budget Marine.
svlamorocha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-05-2024, 14:44   #15
Registered User
 
Thomas1985's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2012
Boat: Downeaster 38
Posts: 351
Re: AB or Carib dinghy?

Quote:
Originally Posted by BenBowSirocco View Post
The AB ultralight 10.5 dinghy is 96lbs.. Never heard of one lighter than that- what brand is yours Tupaia?



I personally cant lift or carry around 75lbs anyway, so we always use the halyard to move our boat if its not on our davits. To me since its too heavy for us to lift anyway, we dont worry too much about it.
I keep putting the UL 10 footer in my cart on defender but chickening outů should I go for it?

I want to stay under 250 lbs total so I can store on davit without pulling the motor.
Thomas1985 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
dinghy, rib

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Carib Marine dinghy quality Udira Auxiliary Equipment & Dinghy 5 17-01-2024 22:30
New hypalon dinghy, AB or Carib David Hibbard Auxiliary Equipment & Dinghy 7 08-11-2022 13:29
For Sale: Carib C8 RIB Dinghy Plus Yamaha 9.9 in the Chesapeake Paul L Classifieds Archive 5 14-09-2012 06:24
Looking to Crew Carib or Cent America bcguy Crew Archives 0 03-10-2007 19:35
Cat for Carib. to NZ cruise? cjenkins Multihull Sailboats 31 05-06-2006 04:03

Advertise Here


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 15:46.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.