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Old 01 March 2014, 00:34   #1
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Hello,

I bought this RIB a month ago, I knew it was going to be interesting but decided as long as the engine looked and ran ok I could do something with it.

Picking up an unknown trailer is always a concern but it looked reasonable and we re-checked it a couple of times on the way home, with 20 miles to go one of the wheel bearings collapsed entirely, 4hrs later we got it onto an AA recovery vehicle and we got it home, many lessons learned!

on further inspection and after some reading there were a few issues:

1) Trailer axle knackered and illegal as braking had been removed
2) Not a BWM as advertised (as far as i can tell anyway, it is a Concorde 210 for which i can find zero information online, anything anybody can tell me would be appreciated.
3) Hadn't ever been on the water like this. I'm pretty sure this is the case because the hydraulic steering was completely dry, the cables are too short to allow the engine to turn one way, the gearbox was empty, the bolts holding the helm pump were the wrong length, so probably an abandoned project that had been thrown together to sell

On the plus side the tanks stayed inflated longer than I expected and the engine looks very good to me for its age, and runs well

So, i've fitted/am fitting:

1) new braked axle, new coupling, new wheels - 800
2) extended cable harness to allow engine to turn left!
4) new steering fluid, new gear oil, new impeller, new fill/drain plugs, spark plugs, fuel filter, new tab washer, new trim relays
6) replaced all instrument wiring
7) bought aux engine.

Work has been held up as i had to go to on business for two weeks but looking forward to getting the trailer back together and getting it out on the water for a test.

Mike
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Old 01 March 2014, 03:51   #2
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Good luck with it. Plenty of useful info and helpful people on here. You're right the hull does not look like a BWM.
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Old 01 March 2014, 04:39   #3
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Why on earth haven't you left him negative feedback? He's utterly screwed you reading that description. No mention at all of any of the problems.
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Old 01 March 2014, 05:05   #4
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Why on earth haven't you left him negative feedback? He's utterly screwed you reading that description. No mention at all of any of the problems.
Yea I would certainly support that approach!!

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Old 01 March 2014, 05:44   #5
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Did you pay the price on the auction or negotiate on it a bit?
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Old 01 March 2014, 09:28   #6
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Unless you paid pennies you could get your money back. False description of sale.
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Old 01 March 2014, 09:32   #7
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re feedback, i haven't left anything yet, you get 60 days and I am waiting to get it on the water and discover any other surprises before commenting.

with regards to the price, I wasn't aware of most of the issues when i bought it, but given that it was on ebay and the way it was written I expected some problems with it so I guess i'd set my expectations accordingly + i'm rubbish at negotiating. There aren't many RIBs for sale in the North of Scotland so I still think i did ok (i'm sure you guys may think differently

I didn't notice the cable length issue because the power trim down relay had failed, and in the up position the cables reach! I suspect he may not have known about it either. The parts of the trailer i could see looked roadworthy and he did tell me that the brakes had been removed from the trailer, at the time I was pretty ignorant as to the weight limits so i assumed this was ok - again many lessons learned!

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Old 01 March 2014, 09:35   #8
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But have you not bought a specifically named type of boat, and it's a different one?

If someone advertised a merc and you collected a vauxhall, he'd have to take it back.
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Old 01 March 2014, 09:37   #9
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Depends how much you want the boat......
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Old 01 March 2014, 10:00   #10
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Fair point! But I didn't know anything about the BWM hull and I don't know anything about this one so nothing lost as such. When I'm upside down 5 miles offshore I may change my mind about that....
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