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Old 29 June 2013, 18:01   #11
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Looks like you had a good day too? I used to tow with Mazda Bongo, great vehicle! Was going to dive off the eastern wight tomorrow, but forecast is not too good? Ah well, another day! Have fun!
yeah good day was had. Bongo is super versatile, but a bit like the boat, rough around the edges.. ;-)
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Old 29 June 2013, 18:42   #12
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Welcome to the ribtec 535 club :-)

Nice I have a ribtec 535 also and love her.

22 years old and still going strong.
and yes 2 strokes are thirsty old motors.
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Old 30 June 2013, 17:07   #13
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Welcome to the ribtec 535 club :-)

Nice I have a ribtec 535 also and love her.

22 years old and still going strong.
and yes 2 strokes are thirsty old motors.
I have no idea of the age, but it's pretty old and engines are even older.. Ex RNLI jobbies. Removed steering helm unit & throttle/gear cables today. Once they are replaced I'll have better control over her.. Planes easily as previous owner and others had said it would. Worst problem I've come across so far is that I think all the baffles have gone as using only one valve it seems you can inflate/deflate the the whole tube! :-(
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Old 17 August 2013, 14:19   #14
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That could be the very first Ribtec 535, which they used in the early advertising pictures. Two blokes sat in it, one called Alan Priddy who was the passenger if my memory is correct.

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How are they Rated? the Ribtec 535's ??
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I thought they were very good considering the size, had two of them at various times. Same hull as the Solent 5.4m btw. The major advantage is are small enough to tow easily and launch without needing 4x4. Perhaps a little less hard core than the iconic Avon 5.4m but the Ribtec's tended to come in nicer colours, rather than battle ship grey or tango orange.

With a 70hp 2 stroke, I would use 4 gallons an hour at about 30 knots from memory.

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How are they Rated? the Ribtec 535's ??
Cracking. Kernow had one.
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Sounds good. What engine would be ideal? (Not two smoke)
Yam f60?

Shit. Edit.... Its a 455 i think? 50 hp??
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Sounds good. What engine would be ideal? (Not two smoke)
Yam f60?

Shit. Edit.... Its a 455 i think? 50 hp??
90hp, pick yer flavour.
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Ribtec History

a bit of cut n paste...................Ribtec was launched in 1989 by Tim Wilks, whose great uncle Maurice Wilks designed the first Land Rover in 1947 as well as the early rescue RIB model Watercraft, on which the initial Ribtec rigid inflatable boats were based. Starting on a very small scale at a boatyard in Swanwick, Southampton, Wilks gradually expanded the business, commissioning a new hull from expert boat designer Alistair Cameron which formed the backbone of Ribtec range over the next decade.
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