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Old 07 February 2013, 15:39   #11
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here is a good photo of the floor of a 2003 boat my friend has just purchased..



In the newer boats the front part of the floor is the same, the middle is shortened and the rear is extended by about a foot I think.

In my boat the middle and rear are about the same length and without strengthening you end up with a fair amount of flex around the middle of the boat instead of the front where it naturally curves anyway.
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Old 21 February 2013, 14:33   #12
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In my boat the middle and rear are about the same length and without strengthening you end up with a fair amount of flex around the middle of the boat instead of the front where it naturally curves anyway.
Same with ours. Definitely has some flex to it but for the most part if the tubes are solidly pumped up, it's never been at issue.
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Old 21 February 2013, 19:07   #13
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Our local surf lifesaving runs 2 of them , we discovered a while ago that the older one we have has a smaller tube dia and is a little smaller than the later boat . Apart from general fooling about , they are used for IRB rescue competitions and the older/smaller one is not allowed to compete as its thought to be faster . surprised you got over 30mph from one ours has a 30hp but seems to be much slower than my small rib that does about 36 mph , maybe that 6mph seems like more when you alongside .
Certainly tough boats , i just wish the rnli would use a kilcord
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Surprised you got over 30mph from one ours has a 30hp but seems to be much slower than my small rib that does about 36 mph , maybe that 6mph seems like more when you alongside .
Certainly tough boats , i just wish the rnli would use a kilcord
Supposedly the 30 hp Merc we have on there was tweaked for racing. Don't really know the history. No kill cord either...we added one.
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, i just wish the rnli would use a kilcord
Looks bad ( Do as you preach),, They just have a good throttle return spring & the throttle friction screw disabled
also the Anti - start up in gear lock mechanism is removed from the recoil starter so it Can be started up in gear without having to select neutral first should it stall out in surf.
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Old 22 February 2013, 12:53   #16
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Looks bad ( Do as you preach),, They just have a good throttle return spring & the throttle friction screw disabled
also the Anti - start up in gear lock mechanism is removed from the recoil starter so it Can be started up in gear without having to select neutral first should it stall out in surf.
Its an idea that works well at first but after a few weeks service on the beach the throttle sticks where its left , I have lost count how many times i have seen a close call in the past couple of years , It needs revising .
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Old 23 February 2013, 03:17   #17
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here is a good photo of the floor of a 2003 boat my friend has just purchased..
That Arancia looks to be a very well constructed SIB. One of the quickest ways of discerning high end SIBs from pool toys is by having a close look at the transom and the transom-pontoon junction.

A marine plywood transom that is at least 1.5" or more thick is one thing to look for. A transom-pontoon junction with several layers of fabric, where each successive layer overlaps the preceding layer is another very good indicator that the boat is built to last.
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I am in the process of converting an Arancia SIB to a 4mm ALU RIB. We have just removed the transom from the tubes and I can tell you it was a hell of a job... very well constructed boats.

The standard surf rescue motors for Arancia are Mercs fitted with prop guards. Obviously with the propguard they lose some topend. I have also been told that the surf rescue Merc's are tuned in a way that they dont have the same topend as a off the shelf 30 Merc.
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