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Dick posted 04-06-2002 09:02 PM ET (US)   Profile for Dick   Send Email to Dick  
This line of boats were featured on tonights news here in Seattle. The company said they are adding up to 300 new employees to meet thier military contract.

Interesting design and construction.
www.acbboats.com

phatwhaler posted 04-06-2002 09:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for phatwhaler  Send Email to phatwhaler     
I saw one of those ugly a$$ boats on Ship Shape T.V. a couple of years ago. Mr Greviskis acted like he stumbled onto some revolutionary new design. I couldn't believe he was wasting precious airtime with the damn thing. Surely he could have taught us how to vacuum bag fiberglass or something!!

phat out.

Dick posted 04-06-2002 09:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
It may be ugly but it's one hell of a design.
Here is a link to the TV news story.
www.komotv.com/stories/17720.htm
triblet posted 04-06-2002 10:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I've got a dive buddy with a similar boat.
It works, but has the same problem that
a RIB has: the "tubes" take up a huge amount
of space.

Chuck

Ventura16 posted 04-06-2002 11:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
Jean-Michel Cousteau (son of Jacques Cousteau) has been a huge proponent of the ACB boats for several years...I believe he uses them exclusively for his Ocean Futures foundation work.

http://www.oceanfutures.com/index.html

They are unusual and kinda homely, but are very tough and capable...sort of like Whalers. ;-)

Tom

jimh posted 04-06-2002 11:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I get the feeling that by some odd qwerk the guys that make this boat are masters at getting free publicity. Of course, for the non-boating public, having the name Cousteau associated with your product is good for plenty of extra mileage.

From what I've seen these boats are way more popular on TV and in the press than they are at the boat show or on the water.

Dr T posted 04-07-2002 03:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
The BS Filter's number one rule is to always be wary of technology that is sold to the media and Congress before it is sold to the user community.

JBCornwell posted 04-07-2002 08:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
I kinda like the look. They look commercial. . . more of a tool than a toy.
I'd sure as heck rather have one than a (can I say this word on this Forum?)Bayliner.

But that is purely academic. There is only room for Boston Whalers in my fleet.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

jimh posted 04-07-2002 09:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I just read the website story (linked above). This confirms my thinking on this. The big feature is "unsinkable."

The typical "journalist" at a website or TV station probably knows only one thing about boats: a boat should float but often sinks. So when a boat comes along that claims to be unsinkable, this is, to the journalistic mind, the nautical story equivalent of "man bites dog." It gets press coverage.

It was this same angle that got Dick Fisher into LIFE Magazine, so I guess it still works today.

DCPeters posted 04-07-2002 02:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for DCPeters  Send Email to DCPeters     
But if you took 1000 rounds of automatic fire into the aluminum tubes, it wouldn't float like a whaler has...

http://www.whaler.com/CGP/images/boat_shot.jpg

seagull posted 04-08-2002 09:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for seagull  Send Email to seagull     
The company I work for builds a similar boat for use in our fleet of work boats. I am in a couple of the action shots when the sea trials were done and would not hesitate to take a boat like that out in pretty rough conditions.

http://www.ebi-inc.com/productfab/RB_PG.html

PMUCCIOLO posted 04-10-2002 05:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    
The ACB is akin to an AMC Pacer. There was a runoff between the Pacer and the Gremlin when I presented the picture on the website to my associates and requested their opinions. The Pacer emerged victorious, as it's styling contains more curves.

Paul

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