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Old 08 September 2016, 19:44   #11
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You have a nice Rib.

If money or storage is not a problem for you, then I strongly advise holding on to the spare tubes. One bad oops on the boat could ruin the tubes. Hopefully that will never happen but if it did then you will have a cheap solution to get back on the water quickly. I recommend cleaning them up and put the spare tubes away properly so they'll be ready to use when needed. A new replacement set could be very expensive; $15K +. I would also think it would add some good resale value to your boat if you decide to sell it at a later date.

There are 12v air pumps to fill tubes that can set set to shut off at the requested PSI's; it's made by Scoprega Bravo. Keep an eye out for them on Ebay. They are not cheap but are a godsend and highly recommended. Their made in Italy. The older ones come in a larger soft case boxed shaped. These pumps automatically shut off the air at the selected psi’s/bars so your tubes don't get damaged from over pressure. I believe most ribs are 2-3 psi’s (.2 bar max). Just add a 12v socket on your center console and your good to go. No more foot pumping and your tubes will be set to the proper PSI's every time even when not being attended. Not sure if your invertor will be able to handle the loads of a wet/dry pump.

Here's an example of one currently for sale:

Scoprega Bravo Superturbo BST 12 HP Electric Air Pump

Another recommendation, You may want to remove the rear roll bar and engine guard. They are quite heavy and the equivalent of having a heavy person (maybe much more) sitting on the stern. You'll probably immediately feel the boat perform better and will feel more balanced without it. They're not needed for recreational use. They're also easy to remove and re-install. I would not doubt it also has quite a bit of windage drag slowing the boat down at speed and will effect fuel consumption. Just a recommendation.

You have a T-top so you can easily install any lights or electronics on that, there is even a mounting platform for electronics on the T-top.

The trailer you have is aluminum which looks in excellent condition. You couldn't ask for a better one.

Enjoy your new boat, it looks very nice. Cheers


I hear you on keeping the extra tubes but I'm just not sure they'd be serviceable.

I was going to get that pump you recommend but then I had the idea that a turbine paint sprayer might work well, the unit I got says it has 10psi, but it doesn't, it cannot actuate the OPVs, I can with the hand pump. The Invertor on the boat is large, and does run the pump at 120v without a problem, I was concerned about that too. Based on my calibrated thumb push, I'd say I'm near 3psi.

I have been thinking about taking off the tower in the back, I agree it's surely a good idea.

Thank you for the comments!!
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Old 08 September 2016, 19:48   #12
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sweet! I get the same thing from people as my local harbor patrol has a gray 753, other people slow down when they see me.

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we've had some laughs about it, I've seen people put their beers down and everyone goes extra slow in the no wake zones, I'm constantly passing people, when we do they look confused when they see were not the coasties.
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Old 08 September 2016, 19:52   #13
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Nice find! You lucked out with the extra set of tubes. We need some action shots of your rib in the water!
Thanks! I was catching some air with it the other day , it's so much fun! I wish I could have had someone filming it!
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Old 08 September 2016, 20:12   #14
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I hear you on keeping the extra tubes but I'm just not sure they'd be serviceable.

I was going to get that pump you recommend but then I had the idea that a turbine paint sprayer might work well, the unit I got says it has 10psi, but it doesn't, it cannot actuate the OPVs, I can with the hand pump. The Invertor on the boat is large, and does run the pump at 120v without a problem, I was concerned about that too. Based on my calibrated thumb push, I'd say I'm near 3psi.

I have been thinking about taking off the tower in the back, I agree it's surely a good idea.

Thank you for the comments!!
I just came across this ad today by total chance. I thought you maybe interested as a reference to your tubes.

Zodiac 733 Hurricane Sport Tubes

I guess finding out if yours are serviceable is key to deciding on whether to keep them or not. I'm sure there is a professional tube service in the the Lake Michigan area that you can take them to and have them tell you.

You need to post more photos of the boat.
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Old 08 September 2016, 21:48   #15
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You're right I need more pictures.
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Old 09 September 2016, 08:11   #16
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Old 10 September 2016, 09:48   #17
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Cool boat.
What is top speed with those twins?
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Cool boat.
What is top speed with those twins?
I can't say right now, the way the throttle is mounted I can only go about 4900 rpm, it's doing about 45-46 like this with 21 pitch props, it's pitched low, I'm sure to help it as a tow boat, it accelerates very well. If conditions are good I've been cruising at about 40 with about 4300rpm.
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Does anyone know why this site wont take pictures from my IPAD?
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Old 20 September 2016, 18:07   #20
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Using the app? Works on my iPhone, should work on iPad.

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