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Old 22 August 2007, 12:59   #11
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Progress!!

Seattle's August has been crappy this year so I did not get a lot of chances to work on it much. But here are some pictures after I had the patches re-done and then I used the rubber boat cleaner and cleaned off the tubes, not bad??
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Old 22 August 2007, 13:11   #12
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Goofy weather protection

I have been working on ideas to provide some sun shade to this little boat (OK I know that RIBs are supposed to be open air like a convertable car) because there will be days I want to take it somewhere, drop anchor, relax and read a book or something. And I will have riders who do not have olive skin like myself. I looked at the traditional bimini tops and they just look goofy (especially when the top is retracted) and distracting to the light bar. So for right now, till I come up with a better solution, I installed a rocket launcher (rod holder) on the console and I put in my patio umbrella. So it looks "really" goofy now - but man, it functions great.

Probably won't help the boat to "plane" though...

Anyone has a better solution for sunshade?
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Old 23 August 2007, 01:10   #13
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i like this setup for sun shade myself.

the patches look much better now. well done.
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Old 23 August 2007, 09:33   #14
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The boat looks great - or it did until you stuck that parachute on it!!!

$3,500 would have been a bargain here - never mind in the US where ribs are as rare as rocking horse doo doo!!!
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Old 29 August 2007, 11:43   #15
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Some other RIBber had a T-top made by TaylorMade. Seemed pretty simple (if not exactly luxurious): sections of SS tubing, stainless tees, angles, and barrels to connect all the bits together, and a snap-on canvas awning. Similar to the custom T-tops you see on center console fishing boats, but about a quarter of the cost.

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