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Old 04 September 2016, 07:46   #1
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Hello - Galway, Ireland

Hi folks, came across your community a few months ago when I started looking for a RIB. Now that i made the leap into ownership I decided it was time I joined you guys.

I have been around boats for years but never owned a rib before. Family owned 3-4 sports and half deckers in the past. my father still has a 26 foot half decker which is used in Galway bay.

There is going to be a steep learning curve with RIB's, adding to the fact the boat I bought is a bit if a project means I might have a few (many) questions for you more experienced folks. Sorry in advance and also thank you!!

Anyways. My Boat is a 8m Ribtec which worked as a commercial boat bringing tours out on the east coast of Ireland. The gentleman who owned the business retired and the boats sat idle for a couple of years before he could part with them. I bought one and I believe the other one is heading to Galway too but I have no idea who bought it yet!

As I mentioned its a fixer upper but I'm looking forward to starting it.

So what I know needs to be done.
- hole in port side. She will need new tubes in time but hopefully a patch will year another year or two out of her.
- electronics are a big unknown but was told they where working on last use
- new batteries
- engine was heard running but needs a little TLC
- general cleanup

I'll start a project thread when the hands start getting dirty.

George
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Old 04 September 2016, 07:55   #2
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Welcome and good luck with your project.
May I say it doesn't look as bad a condition as some "projects" I have seen on here!
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Old 04 September 2016, 07:57   #3
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I cheated a little and put up the post wash pictures. She did look worse when I got her but I washed her quickly!! Two hours when a hot wash made a huge difference!!
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Old 04 September 2016, 08:11   #4
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Welcome to RIBnet George. She has the makings of a fine boat but will be a deep money pit (but you know that )

Hull - If the deck and transom are sound then it's easy enough to smarten her up
Tubes - if they hold air, they're useable. Patch is easy (depending on location)
Electronics - not important - forget about them unless they're under 5 years old. She'll need a full rewire!
Engine - Yamaha - <245hp? No longer produced but spares are available. After that layup the whole thing needs a really good going over - a full overhaul. The gearbox tended to give gip - special love needed there!

All the best with her!

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Old 04 September 2016, 08:30   #5
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Thanks for the heads up. Yip she is the ME420sti ( I think that code is right) so I'm aware the engine is a little old but from what I read generally reliable.

On the gearbox I'm aware they had issues. I have managed to source a spare drive for parts. The previous owner also seemed to be very serious about preventative maintenance so hopefully I might get lucky. He mentioned something about the 1000 series drive. But I haven't found anything about those yet.

My plan is to pull the engine and drive and do what is necessary. I might have more questions in time!

And yes I know she will be a money pit. I have restored 4 classic cars in my time so I'm very familiar with this concept!!!
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I have restored 4 classic cars in my time so I'm very familiar with this concept!!!
Yer. Bit of polishing left to do on that Morris Traveller...

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Good eyes. Back axle is all that's let to come off her!!
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Old 04 September 2016, 09:22   #8
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If the drive does let go big time it's no real biggy to replace the lot with a bravo drive either use yanmar 6lp belhousing & coupling or yamaha inner shield bolted to mercruiser outer shield they all use the same input splines and transom drilling pattern
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