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Old 07 March 2004, 12:24   #11
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I originally bought the package as a small runabout for use in the Essex estuaries, for which the 30 was perfectly OK. I subsequently found Ribnet, hooked up with a few experienced ribsters and realised I needed a bit more poke to keep up with their bigger RIBs. I also wanted to get into water skiing and the 30 is definitely not up to that.

The issue has since been complicated by people advising me to get a bigger boat and engine rather than upgrading the 30, which makes a lot of sense I guess. I must admit the cost to change to a 50 was fairly ridiculous, but I would do it if I was convinced I was going to keep the 4m for a few years. Not sure what to do really, but the 50 ETec was going to be my choice of engine..........and may yet be! Hopefully I'll get to see yours running shortly and that may be enough to persuade me to keep the 4 metre.
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Old 07 March 2004, 12:28   #12
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Phil, Its just the mismatch between the Range Rover and the tiny RIB behind it. You need to get a bigger boat to go with the Rangie!!
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Old 07 March 2004, 12:31   #13
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I will keep you posted.
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Old 07 March 2004, 12:45   #14
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Well spotted Alan! I have to say they do make a funny sight and it's definitely a case of big car, small boat syndrome - I could probably get the Avon on an RR's roof rack

The other thing I'm dreading is if I do go for a bigger RIB I'll have to ask the forum's advice and can you imagine the debate that will ensue? I just know I'll be so confused at the end of it that it probably won't happen at all. I intend to have a close look at Ian and Jono's ProSport RIBs in the near future, although if you can get a Scorpion or Phantom Evo below 6.5 metres........
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Old 07 March 2004, 12:57   #15
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Really like the photos...something ghostly about those boats...

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Old 07 March 2004, 12:59   #16
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phil did you manage to sort the engin out when you got back home.
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Old 07 March 2004, 15:35   #17
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Yes, those barges have an unworldly presence, don't they? In fact the whole estuary was quite atmospheric and ghostly yesterday, shrouded as it was in mist and with an eerie silence about it, apart of course from the roar of the Honda

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Yes it fired first time when I got it home and flushed it out on the muffs. Obviously I must have flooded it on the hard. Bloody carburettors
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Old 07 March 2004, 15:39   #18
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Yes, those barges have an unworldly presence, don't they? In fact the whole estuary was quite atmospheric and ghostly yesterday, shrouded as it was in mist and with an eerie silence about it, apart of course from the roar of the Honda
Poetic Phil!!!
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glad to hear it started first time then you got it home as you say
carbs can be a bit of a pain. i like the pics. ive now got a new sreen saver me in a rib the thames barge looks good tacking
up and down all that work for about 20meters forward
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