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Old 26 September 2003, 12:38   #1
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"RIBlet" Totland Bay 20-09-03

This is my "RIBlet" at Totland bay 20-09-03.

Fantastic little craft and cannot wait till next season!!!!
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Old 26 September 2003, 12:48   #2
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Totland Bay

Well Done Mate.

Theres plenty of time for us Little ones in that sea.

I like the look of what I can see of your boat. Is that a console I can just see behind you.

Like the name as well.

Glad you have showed a picture of Totland Bay.

I will be in that area on Sunday and looking at the Chart (I don't know the area ) I was a bit worried that all around the Needles seemed rough. Now I,ve seen that photo at least I know there is somewhere that doesn't look to rough to fall back on.
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Old 26 September 2003, 17:10   #3
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Old 27 September 2003, 04:28   #4
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Hello Biggles

The Needles is about as scary as going past a Red Funnel ferry in Riblet! Been round countless times on snorkel trips to Tennyson & Freshwater Bay etc. Just make sure you stay well out from the lighthouse or you may find yourself wrecked.

Yes the console is a Valiant (looks better than Ribeye version) fitted it myself. Purchased from the most friendly and helpful "Kevin Mole Outboards of Cowes".

Engine is a new Yamaha 15hp. Lovely motor and very economical, reliable and quiet! Also bought from Mr Mole.

I had to fit Hydrofoils to anti-cavitation plate to get Riblet on the plane with two people, as she refused to level out without them. Made a hell of a difference in planing and stability at high speed.

At the moment I have not electrics on board but this will change during the winter. I want to fit starter motor, regulator, battery, lights and stereo for those summer days achored off Totland etc.

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Old 27 September 2003, 05:12   #5
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Hi Timw

Yes quite a rare sight down on the Solent.

Since buying the Ribeye I am very impressed with the performance and build quality of the boat, although some improvements could be made e.g the oars tend to pop out of the clamps at speed (not sure if it applies to the larger versions). I have tied my oars down with lanyard through the clamps.

My brother has an Avon 3.4m and I have noticed how much the tubes seem to sit in the water and cause a lot of spray, where as my Riblet seems to glide across the water.

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Old 27 September 2003, 05:39   #6
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I had to fit Hydrofoils to anti-cavitation plate to get Riblet on the plane with two people, as she refused to level out without them. Made a hell of a difference in planing and stability at high speed.


Well 1492 you've made my mind up for me. There's been loads of discussion on the forums about hydrofoils and I was always in two minds about fitting them. Your comments make me think it's worth doing.

Were they easy to fit? I'll get my mate Charlie on to it.

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Old 27 September 2003, 07:15   #7
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Hydrofoils

Hi Keith

Not sure bout highlands at the mo ok.

If I took the hydro's off my boat will not plane two up! If that isnt evidence enough well I'm Santa Claus!!!!

They are easy to fit although you will end up with holes in the anti-cavitation plate, which may be a prob if yoou are planning to swap or sell the motor!

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