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Old 04 June 2004, 11:34   #11
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One day some bright spark will invent retractable wheels for a RIB powered by a small electric motor, then as you approach the slip way a quick flick of a switch and the wheels lower down and the electric motor engages and you simply drive the boat out you could then either drive it straight onto a pupose made trailer or if you live close drive it home like a car
Sorry Bilge! I'm afraid some bright spark has got there before you.

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Trailer idea sounds good though, but it would have to have some kind of counterbalance at the front to stop the front from lifting.
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Old 04 June 2004, 12:02   #12
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It was even featured here a few months ago!

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Old 04 June 2004, 18:43   #13
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Howdy-

that`s a lot of good answers with clear opinions from you guys, wow! I think I have to put in another thought I had:
When I get this project done (don`t tell me the AVON- hull won`t support a 113kg tot. jetunit!!) I have a nice HONDA to spare or SELL, that would mean I have the complete boat with jetdrive and trailer almost for FREE- that might be worth a little try`n error? But it`s like I said in another post: This forum is mainly run by a bunch of millionairs, who don`t give a f... on financial matters anymore...
Serious now: Guess what I`ve got me today, Pete! A Metzeler "Elephant RH" complete in usable condition- tata!!!! maybe I do the trick on that hull, it`s much lighter than the AVON and more easy to handle while working on it because you can take the tubes off! Somebody told me today that I can easily get more hp out of the jetunit by simply taking another carb, then it has about 55hp which should equal a 40hp outboard- that`s the max a Elephant should have- yeah, I know Pete, they can stand much more..... I`ll keep you informed!! ... and many thanks for all the answers, always gives me something to think about ... and ignore it anyway...

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Old 05 June 2004, 03:06   #14
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This forum is mainly run by a bunch of millionairs,
Oh well, my secret had to come out eventually!

Not!

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Old 06 June 2004, 09:16   #15
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Hi John-

ok- if not so: How do you guys cheat your banks to get a loan for these boats?! I`d really like to know, maybe then the next RIBEX will see me out for trying out some big rigs too....
Seriously: These boats sometimes cost more than a small real estate- who else but very, very rich people could afford something like that and buy it NEW? Mostly these boats are just toys, they`re not used professionally....
It`s also very remarkable to see the reaction of the other members to this thread- nobody`s even thinking about such things in here, it`s just simply: Buy the newest boat, buy the biggest engine- then you sure end up with the best!
In that way, this forum is totally different from all forums we have over here in Germany, where people always spreading instructions, suggestions on how to do things or how to rebuild- it`s more fun when you have made something by yourself and saves some money too!
Don`t missunderstand me- people in here are always nice and I get answers to all my question- wether I like them or not doesn`t matter- it`s just the direction of threads that is different..... this is not meant to sound either harsh nor nasty- sometimes I don`t have the right words to be too sensitive- learned english in the US- Navy, that`s why....

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Old 06 June 2004, 15:33   #16
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In that way, this forum is totally different from all forums we have over here in Germany, where people always spreading instructions, suggestions on how to do things or how to rebuild- it`s more fun when you have made something by yourself and saves some money too!

greetings,
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Wolfie,

It is not that I'm against you modifying your boat - good luck...
I just don't want you to end up with a lemon!

I personally believe - spend as little on a boat as you can, stick the biggest engine on it that you can find & drive it as fast (or as slow) as you want!
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