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  1. RobbieB

    New ZIM ILCA's

    As a side note.  Beneteau shut down it's US mfg plant in Marion, SC.  Actually- they announced they were closing it and within weeks it was bought by a fiberglass pool manufacturing company.  Not one job was lost as all employees stayed, (I think they actually added some positions).   Just goes...
  2. RobbieB

    New ZIM ILCA's

    I didn't post any picks.  Just honest reporting on my first had experiences with the new ZIM boats, some of the owners and the local dealer.
  3. RobbieB

    New ZIM ILCA's

    Better keep you "IMO" disclaimers in here.  Remember when the SA boys got sued by the "big" (IMO) guy?
  4. RobbieB

    New ZIM ILCA's

    Chances are if it has plastic on it or in it there are at least China components.  What cell phone do you have?  I was in that industry and back in 2006 every damn one of them was manufactured in China.  Even RIM said they would "never" go to China but they did that year.  The re-man locations...
  5. RobbieB

    New ZIM ILCA's

    OMG guys.  Let's get this back on something Wess can really sink his teeth into.  It's time for my "Daily Wess poke" anyway. So, ILCA-NA is taking some time getting the new website up which is making it difficult to find out the status of your membership.  Mine was expired so I re-upped...
  6. RobbieB

    New ZIM ILCA's

    I yam what I yam.
  7. RobbieB

    New ZIM ILCA's

    Coffee maker broken today?  You are particularly grumpy.....
  8. RobbieB

    New ZIM ILCA's

    Just a follow up.  The leak in the one boat was isolated to the bailer and has been fixed.  All local owners are reportedly very happy.
  9. RobbieB

    New ZIM ILCA's

    I know.  Wasn't it?!?!  I'm seriously eyeballin' a new ILCA for my Grand Master graduation present this year.
  10. RobbieB

    New ZIM ILCA's

    Not builders, but 4 different "builds" which is a first and pretty exciting for sure!  Wanted to get that correction out in a "nice" way before one of the disgruntled LPE folks says something rude...
  11. RobbieB

    New ZIM ILCA's

    I have not.  I know the dealer and have talked to him.  With no skin in the game at this point I'll sit back as I'm pretty sure Kurt and the parents are in contact with ZIM.
  12. RobbieB

    New ZIM ILCA's

    Defiantly let us know, (or just let me know ;-) ). 
  13. RobbieB

    New ZIM ILCA's

    I was surprised to see the "basic" Ovi price of $7,300+.  Looks like the competition from multiple builders brought the early "have it now" price of $9,000+ down a bit.   Hmmm....I'm tempted to "poke the bear" on this one, but will let it sit.
  14. RobbieB

    New ZIM ILCA's

    Outside of PSA boats, (which, outside of price, all news has been positive) I don't think anyone really knows as well.  I'm not after page count.  I'm looking for accurate, quality information.  Even though we have 10 new ZIM's sold in D12 and 1st blush information we'll probably need a few...
  15. RobbieB

    New ZIM ILCA's

    Hell I must have stopped counting.  Didn't realize we're up to 8 builders.  If will be great for the class if this is a sustainable number.
  16. RobbieB

    New ZIM ILCA's

    All true on at least the 10 boats delivered to Charleston- 1 out of 10 has/had a leak = 10%.  Control lines were too thick/stiff.  And a missing outhaul control related block on all boats. I haven't heard about any having backward fittings, (think that was the poorly edited promo pics). Given...
  17. RobbieB

    New ZIM ILCA's

    Is there a ZIM specific ILCA thread?  If I was aware of one I would not have started this one.  I did it because this particular ILCA builder seems to have the biggest push back/controversy associated with it.  My personal opinion is this is mainly driven by the US/China tensions.  I mean, hey...
  18. RobbieB

    New ZIM ILCA's

    At least there are options now.  No one HAS to buy a ZIM but it's an option. Based on what I'm hearing, (and seeing locally) about new ILCA boats being purchased I'd say the abortion has managed to resurrect itself into a fairly healthy baby...
  19. RobbieB

    New ZIM ILCA's

    At least they showed up with class legal spars, class sail, blades....You know- some of the stuff LPE couldn't send for a while cause they weren't paying the suppliers...
  20. RobbieB

    New ZIM ILCA's

    PSA was first to get boats into the US.  Currently we have Ovi, PSA and Zim dealers.  I don't think any Ovi's have made it here yet.
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