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Old 25 February 2003, 07:04   #91
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Now wheres the footpump section Eh.
Not fair CH. Having a dig at Diggie while he's incommunicado is not the done thing. I wouldn't dream of doing that. I should think he'll be back soon anyway as his legendary diplomatic skills will ensure an early deportation.


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Old 26 February 2003, 06:42   #92
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I'm back, and if I didn't know better I would think you missed me.

David is correct, I have been to the Miami show to check out all the new products, like for instance a Volvo composite drive, nothing to corrode, ideal for those who keep their boat on a mooring.

The one thing I did notice is the lack of ribs at the show, you could probably count the amount of them on one hand, why is this Crazyhorse?
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I gather that the first question Americans ask about a boat is "Can you go fishing from it?"
The answer of course is yes, but they take one look at the rubber tubes and wonder if their fish-hooks will puncture it.

So RIB's are a no-no as far as the US in general is concerned.

I can also think of two more reason why they are not as popular there:
-will the tubes go pop in the sun?
-why do they cost so much compared to a hard boat?

I guess maybe one or two people sit back and think....."so why are RIB's used by the Marines, the Green Berets, other special forces, the Coastguard, offshore oil rigs, those crazy Europeans etc etc then?" And they are the few who actually do go out and buy one.

But heck, why am I trying to second guess our Colonial cousins?
Sirzip and others? What's the answer then?
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Way, Hay look what the tides washed up its DD.

Got any more picis for us on the drive gearbox etc will it fit a Kad DPG housing?

Its all about Education Brian

If you have the best Hoover in the world and you leave it in under the stairs nobody is going to buy it,untill somebody realises thay need a special hoover for the Job.

It will be a massive market when they realise the versatility of ribs especially in the northern climates where the ruffty stuff and nast lumpy waves are,they are moveing in that direction Imho.

I would like to be behind a big budget selling ribs over there as it is such a massive marketing potentiel.
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Sorry, didn't take any photos of it, will probably be on Volvo website. As for fitting on a DPG transom, unlikely I would think, as they make a composite transom assembly for it. I don't think it's available for a diesel, as the Yanks prefer petrol, and most of Volvo is American.

I asked Volvo representative why they had discontinued the DPX, and he said "because they were shite". I'm not sure I agree with that, but they were his words not mine.

Out of interest, I spoke to Pulse Drive rep, who was very sad as they had a Scorpion 10 metre with 420 Yanmars stuck in customs, they were awaiting clearance but didn't expect to get it released until after the show had finished.

He said that if Scorpion had delivered on time, they would have been exhibiting it, oh well, never mind.

Oh, I didn't get deported, but then I didn't get asked to stay longer either!
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What do you think of the pulseee Drivee as we better call it if we are going to discuss its merits and downfalls
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My opinion, for what it is worth, is that the drive has it's merits, and probably works well on certain hulls.

I believe Revenger have had a bit of a disaster with one, but maybe it was the wrong hull.

There is a raceboat fitted with one in the States, but as you don't like powerboats you wouldn't be interested in the fact that it won its class in the championship.

Now how about the Eco drive, that might be more up your street. There is a rib being built in Southampton that is having one of these beauties, ( looks like a copy of a Levi drive) coupled to a 300hp V8 chevy based diesel.

Would you like to see a photo?
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CH, I've put a pic of volvo's tupperware drive on the cabin rib developments thread
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Was JF and DD together in Miami??

Just a thought and my private eye will let me know. He's got the proof and will post it soon
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using words like "proof" makes it sound like an accusation! should I expect a court summons soon
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