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Old 09 February 2004, 14:38   #1
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Ribtec Re-build

This boat came into work having been out in Barbados for 4 years. I managed to purchase it for a small amount with the idea of restoring it. The engines were a Mariner 5hp foustroke which I sold, and the 200hp Mariner on the back now. The engine is 1999 and has roughly 40 hours on it. I ran it up and it started first time after not being run for the last year. The floor had been taken up before but this was only done to move the position of the two underfloor fuel tanks. The floor was then screwed back down and left as it was to get soaking wet and rot.

After I removed the seat and console and took off the screwed down floor panels I was left with this.
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Old 09 February 2004, 14:41   #2
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I then set about cutting out the fibreglass which used to have wood in!!

After cleaning up the mess I started to fit the new bulkhead panels. These will be reinforced with fibreglass.
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and some more
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Next I fitted the side panels. The original ones were only fibreglassed halfway up so the tops absorbed moisture which spread down.
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And the same panel but showing all the bulkeads aswell.
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The second side panel in place, plus the extra small bulkheads behind the side panels for extra hull rigidity.
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Finally I had to continue the panels up the bow and under the solid bit of floor.
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All the bulkeads and panels in I put the hatch in place to check correct hight and width before they panels are all fibre glassed in place.
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I am now in the process of getting our moulder in to fibreglass in my panels so I can start on the floor panels themselves. Will post more pics when I have them.
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Wow, some serious amount of work going into the hull and the time each part takes to complete is just astonishing. Looks good though.

wish you the best as you battle though the winter with the work but it will be worth it during the summer when she slides of the trailer for the first time.

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