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Old 10 February 2008, 05:01   #11
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I have a 733 and would like to set it up a bit better, ie seats, bimini shade, cupboards, esky, rod racks, radar, Helm position etc. so would be interested in anyone willing to share any photo's of what they consider a good offshore rigged RIB.

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Old 10 February 2008, 08:13   #12
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the whale watching layout seems like it has proven itself to be very functional, and you should find great West Coast and Hawaii resources if you want to learn from their more local experience - I believe OceanEco is very experienced with it, among others. I'm sure you will be watching the weight distribution closely....wouldn't want to get to far aft.

If you will be fabricating seat pods and it proves possible to lower unit cost by increasing volume please let me know...I will be needing 4 for my 733 and have never been able to find anyone in the midwest who could do the work without a lot of handholding. This has been a continuous problem for me in Iowa.

I got lucky with fabrication of my transom extension in finding one for free that I could modify to exactly fit the original design used by ZHT - although I never got a quote from ZHT I did send the plans to a few fabricators and if I remember correctly received quotes from $3-5k, which is more than I would want to pay. Let me know if you are in need of plans....I have the originals used for the 733.

You're very fortunate to find those tubes. I'm using a lightly used set I got from a friend in New Hampshire at a good price - but new is ideal of course. I also received a quote of $7,500 from DIB for a new set, which seemed reasonable at the time.
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Old 10 February 2008, 21:54   #13
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Bryan, you've got a pm.....
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Old 11 February 2008, 01:37   #14
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What do you have for fuel tanks in the 733? A single or two tanks? You should have no problem being right at the transom as far as weight distribution goes especially if you have the two fuel tank option.

Up here it would cost anywhere from $2000-$6000 to have an extension fabricated for you. One thing that seems better as far as design goes is imho that it is better to have an inner flange to bolt through when attaching to the transom rather than a a full encased alum sheet in the front of the extension where it bolts to the transom. If that makes sense.... I have done it both ways and when you use a full sheet it tends to work against the transom more and is defiantly a weak point. If you need some pictures just let me know.
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OceanEco, this 733 hull has space for an 85 gal. tank plus a 48 gal. tank, I'll probably put both in.

I'm thinking that the weight distribution won't be an issue with the console all the way aft. If it turns into a problem, I'll install a fresh water tank in the bow.

I'm not quite picking up on your thoughts about mounting the bracket, do you have pics?

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I will take some pictures soon. Basically when you have the extension fabricated the forward end of it that is bolted to the transom should have a four inch flange that you bolt through to the transom rather than enclosed on the front. Here is a very crude diagram I'll send you proper photos soon.
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I see what you're getting at now, makes sense.....
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