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Old 27-01-2017, 17:58   #1
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AB or Caribe

Would anyone have any thoughts on the purchase of a new AB or Caribe rib in the Caribbean ie Grenada. They are made close by in Columbia and Vz. Can one be bought duty free as a non resident. What Island would be best to deal with?

What would it cost to ship one from Florida to that part of the Caribbean?

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Old 28-01-2017, 09:55   #2
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Re: AB or Caribe

From my experience the best place to buy either one is in St Martin. Budget Marine for AB and Island marine for Caribe. I was a rep for AB years ago but I always ended up buying a Caribe. So from my years if use I would recommend the Caribe.

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Old 28-01-2017, 10:22   #3
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Re: AB or Caribe

Yep, agree with St Martin.
10% cheaper as duty free and lower shipping costs.

I don't think there's a real difference in them. I never hear complaints one over the other.

See who gives you the best deal
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Old 28-01-2017, 10:48   #4
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Re: AB or Caribe

Both companies have an excellent reputation.

The small AB aluminium RIBs are very lightweight (although no more than than our current Ribeye tender, which has been great). The weight can be critical if you need to drag the tender up a beach, or unimportant in some applications. Aluminium RIBs are also very durable, which helps when dragging the tender over rocks.
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Re: AB or Caribe

We bought ours in St. Maarten, ended up with a Caribe and we are very happy with it. Can't beat the prices and selection in St. Maarten. If you need a light weight they are made in both glass and aluminum. If you get a single skin aluminum they usually have smaller tubes and are not as stable as the heavier ones but do very well with smaller engines.
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