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Old 30 January 2015, 14:46   #1
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Finally, I ordered a RIB

After countless back and forth and side tracks, I've finally ordered a Mercury Ocean Runner 430 RIB Hypalon. It's $3799 with free shipping plus $150 rebate.

430 Ocean Runner RIB 2014 Model White Hypalon Free Shipping - Solution One Maritime LLC

(Hull only, motor, rigging and chicks NOT included!)



I also ordered a trailer from Pacific Trailer in Newark. Sam over there is very helpful. The boat will be shipped from Wisconsin in a crate and would require a fork lift to unload. Sam agrees to unload the boat and set it up on the trailer with no additional cost.

Pacific Trailers - Newark, CA | Yelp

I will buy motor and other components and will start a build thread soon.

Thanks to everyone for your advice!

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Old 30 January 2015, 15:21   #2
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Old 30 January 2015, 17:34   #3
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Great news! Looks like a great foundation for a new Rib package. Any ideas on the motor or console?
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Old 30 January 2015, 17:50   #4
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Nice one...my stepdad was a dealer for quicksilver in the late 90s and we got to toy some of their tenders, the 320rigid and 380soft floor being two that stayed with us for a good while. The boats are an awesome product with good design features and well built, im sure with the 15hp 2stroke we had I was pushing the 320rigid into the early 20kt region as a light weight 12year old this was super fast and fun.. Good luck with your new boat I'm sure you will not be disappointed
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Old 30 January 2015, 17:53   #5
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For console I will go with this:

Standard Steering Console with Windshield and Handrail

As Jeff suggested in another post, I will try to make a shelf inside the console and put the battery there.

At the lower part of the console, I plan to put in a fire extinguisher and use the remaining space for fishing gear storage.

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This steering console is made of sturdy, roto-molded white plastic
Includes a Windshield and Handrail
The surface area is design to fit common steer controls and gauges
Dimensions:
Height: 36"
Height to Top of Handrail: 46"
Depth: 16"
Width Top: 14"
Width Bottom: 17-3/4"

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Old 30 January 2015, 17:59   #6
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Here's my skillful drawing of what I want to do for the battery.
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Old 30 January 2015, 18:05   #7
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For engine I will get the Suzuki 30 HP DF30ATL. I can get one from a local dealer for $4345 (they are 5 minute drive from me) + California tax.

I can buy on line from Cumberland and probably can avoid paying sales tax, but I'll be a good boy, plus if I make any stupid mistake while rigging hopefully I can ask someone local for help.

This report claims that the boat can do 27 knots with a 40hp motor, so according to my fuzzy math, I can do 23.38 knot with a 40h motor, or about 27mph/43kmh. Not lightening fast, but should be bearable for getting to my fishing spots that are less than 5 miles from the Santa Cruz harbor.
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Old 30 January 2015, 18:08   #8
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Congrats on the new boat

Interesting that it is only rated for 40HP. My smaller SIB is rated for 50HP. A 30HP should do okay if you do not load the boat too much. Mine barely planes when FULLY loaded.

A couple of these will keep you and your fishing buddy safe. Only because it popped up when I went to look for the deal of the day. I have two that were purchased on Black Friday for around $100 each, but have a bunch more that are sold by Bass Pro Shops, but once expired wound up on Ebay. Replace the salt melting deal, and they are good to go as new for less than $50 each.
WEST MARINE Coastal Automatic Inflatable Life Vest—Royal Blue/Dark Gray | West Marine

This is todays only deal from West Marine. I get their emails...
GARMIN EchoMAP™ 70dv Fishfinder/GPS Combo, US Coastal BlueChart®, with Transducer (Transom mount HD-ID™ & DownVü) | West Marine

The nice thing is it comes with the blue charts which I consider a must have, along with the transducer. The bigger the screen the better. I have a 450s and wish it had a bigger screen.

Amazon is $64 more.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...6SC99R8GGXWQ0H

Of course there are many other brands available too like Lowrance/Hummingbird.

FWIW I have a Pacific. Although the trailer is good, the wiring from the manufacturer SUCKS! It was not sealed at all and caused all sorts of issues. I had to completely repair it after only a few launches in salt water. I would highly recommend making sure all the connections are sealed, and would also recommend making sure they use LED's all around.
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Old 30 January 2015, 18:15   #9
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Peter, thanks for the links. I will probably wait for the boat and console to arrive before buying additional stuff. That way I can have the exact measurement and buy the biggest fish finder that can fit .... but then

$700 for a fish finder seems kind of steep. There are some that are at the $200 range. Are they any good?
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Old 30 January 2015, 18:23   #10
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The 30hp motor (158lb) is as much as me and two buddies want to handle (even if just installing it for once). Plus, I am going to buy a cooler seat and I want to keep the stern weight.

Here's the cooler seat.

Here's another one with a removable cooler.

The removable one seems easier to clean, but the plastic-looking screw that holds the cooler to the base seems like a weak point that may get loose or break.

Both look kind of dorky, though. Does anyone have other suggestions?
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