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Old 19 September 2016, 16:45   #31
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my old boat has throttle on the left and i find it a pita to be honest trying to adjust the trim with my pinky the new boat is on the right hand side
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Old 19 September 2016, 17:21   #32
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Old 19 September 2016, 18:55   #33
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I might be asking a daft question and i do like the look of your rib, is the only access to the inside of the console through that small panel in the front ?

Reason i ask is, from experience things may go wrong with the electrics or you might want to add some components if so it may be difficult if the only access is that front small hatch.

I think they could have done better than simply screwing the electric panel through the console in such a visibl location, check they havent used self tappers. And dont take offence, nice looking rib but i would look closer at a few things.

I had a look round the boat show at all the ribs and a few manufacturers disnt seem to take the issue of access in mind at all which was dissapointing as it makes living with a rib an issue at times.

A other manufacturer i saw thought it was fine to mount the vhf radio at just below knee height on lower part of console, the only way you could phyiscaly read the display would be to sit on the deck between the seat and the console. His attitude was its a leisure rib most people dont need the radio.
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Old 20 September 2016, 01:58   #34
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I might be asking a daft question and i do like the look of your rib, is the only access to the inside of the console through that small panel in the front ?.
The console access is through the hatch on the front of the console - it's not that small, and it's the standard RC console hatch. I had same size on my 5.3 and never had a problem accessing the control panel, water separator, battery etc, all housed inside.There's also a good deal of room for storage of bags etc in there. There is an option to fit different Lewmar hatches (+), I chose not to for my use.

I think if I were spec-ing for more of a commercial use I would probably go fro the Lewmar hatch on the console. I know other RC owners have views on console hatches.
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Do you have close up of the gauges? Suzuki have released 3 different gauges in as many years, I think yours might be the latest ones. Just curious to see em.


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Old 20 September 2016, 02:18   #36
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I might be asking a daft question and i do like the look of your rib, is the only access to the inside of the console through that small panel in the front ?

Reason i ask is, from experience things may go wrong with the electrics or you might want to add some components if so it may be difficult if the only access is that front small hatch.
Yeh - coz the RibCraft factory have those mini-robotic people that do all the wiring up for them... ...oh no thats right they have full size humans who installed the original kit through that hatch so why can't the owner maintain through it?

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I think they could have done better than simply screwing the electric panel through the console in such a visibl location, check they havent used self tappers. And dont take offence, nice looking rib but i would look closer at a few things.
So - how would you have done it?

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I had a look round the boat show at all the ribs and a few manufacturers disnt seem to take the issue of access in mind at all which was dissapointing as it makes living with a rib an issue at times.
If they've fitted the electrics it can't be that tricky to access or they would take it into account. If they are supplying "Bare" for you to fit - up to you to consider access during the fit out...

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A other manufacturer i saw thought it was fine to mount the vhf radio at just below knee height on lower part of console, the only way you could phyiscaly read the display would be to sit on the deck between the seat and the console. His attitude was its a leisure rib most people dont need the radio.
Clearly he was wrong. What he should have said was its not a problem if you upgrade to a Remote Controlled Mike...

For sailing club rescue boats etc - most sit on 37A all the time, never use DSC etc - may not be an issue.

If I'm buying a brand new RIB I expect to be able to say I want the VHF 4 inches to the left of the fuel gauge, the fuel gauge 2 inches to the left of the wheel etc... ...thats the beauty of buying new.
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Old 20 September 2016, 03:54   #37
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Do you have close up of the gauges? Suzuki have released 3 different gauges in as many years, I think yours might be the latest ones. Just curious to see em.
Hi Mr PD,
These are the latest ones - I haven't got any close ups yet - I will do once I have her on the water and worked out how to get best displays!

Attached images & description from latest catalogue. Decision to change from traditional analogue to these was really late one, so bit of a leap of faith, but I think the right choice (well I certainly hope so!), and I trust the team at Ribcraft to fit items that works, and professionally.

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Old 20 September 2016, 14:34   #39
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Is there any particular reason why you have opted for the helm on the starboard side as using the throttle lever with your left hand you will have to use your little finger to control the trim button. With the helm on portside it is much easier to operate the trim button with the thumb of your right hand
The reason most power boats have the helm on the starboard side is the normal right handed rotation of the prop creates a tendency for the boat to heal to the left. If single handed, this would be further exaggerated by having the helm on the port side.
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The reason most power boats have the helm on the starboard side is the normal right handed rotation of the prop creates a tendency for the boat to heal to the left. If single handed, this would be further exaggerated by having the helm on the port side.
Excellent answer

Back to the OP - very nice RIB and a pic of the console and seating taken on Friday at the show.
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