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vagabond 07-13-2009 03:24 PM

After 3+ years of cruising the Caribbean, it's fast becoming time to retire our trusty old Stingray inflatable keel ducky. It has served us well, but the keel has had a slow leak from the start that has evaded detection & repair, and drives us nuts! I want to replace it with a "new" aluminium hulled AB rib - about 9.5'. I know the AB (& Caribs) used to be manufactured in Venezuela, but the factories have apparantly been moved to Columbia for political/economical reasons, and as a result they are scarcer than hen's teeth in Venezuela. Since we are currently in Bonaire and heading west, I was wondering if anyone might have some info about whether it's possible to buy an AB cheaper in Columbia? I'm also not against buying a used tender, but it would have to be in excellent condition... https://www.cruiserlog.com/forums/pub...>/rolleyes.gif

JeanneP 07-13-2009 06:41 PM

Club Natico in Cartagena is apparently a dealer for AB, I'd suggest you contact them before you arrive to see what kind of price they'll offer. *Club Nautico, Cartagena, Colombia

osirissailing 07-15-2009 02:55 PM

Budget Marine is a dealer for AB aluminum dinghies. I bought mine in St Maarten (St Martin) where they give a substantial discount. They are also available at any Budget Marine dealer in the Caribbean, albeit you might have to wait for one to be shipped down from St. Maarten.

JeanneP 07-15-2009 11:42 PM

I missed that. *There's a Budget Marine in both Bonaire and Curacao. *Have you priced them there?


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