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Old 23 September 2017, 05:47   #1
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Hi from the Isle of Skye

Hi guys just joined this site, as we have bought our first RIB. Can anyone help identify the manufacturer? It has been local for some years but previous owner is also unable to resolve. It is 7 meters in length and has the word OFFSHORE on each tube at the rear of the boat on the tubes. It's certainly a very robust work like boat, gratefull for any pointers, thanks Graham J.
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Old 23 September 2017, 07:05   #2
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Can't help with identifying the boat but sure someone can.

Is that the trailer for the boat? The rear rollers should be under the transom.
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Hi guys just joined this site, as we have bought our first RIB. Can anyone help identify the manufacturer? It has been local for some years but previous owner is also unable to resolve. It is 7 meters in length and has the word OFFSHORE on each tube at the rear of the boat on the tubes. It's certainly a very robust work like boat, gratefull for any pointers, thanks Graham J.
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Rib could possibly be an older BWM?...is it Hyperlon?
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Old 23 September 2017, 11:56   #4
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thanks guys

Yes that's the trailer, the last roller is about 6" from the transom, I guess I will have to live with that at least until I either attache an extension or move the head post a little bit, I am reluctant to do that as it is well balanced over the four wheels. I will replace all the stub axles next summer so will have a look and think about it.
Not sure of the material although I think it could be a heavy hyperlon, it seems in quite good condition with only light wear marks. Ive not heard that BMW made RIB's and yes you certainly need to get afloat up here amidst the islands. We have had a Pilot 20 for some years but it was tired and needed new windows. It was also heavy, I am hoping I can put this in and out more easily rather than spending a season on the mooring. Cheers GJ.
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It looks more than that from that pic so fair enough.

The reason for doing that is preventing the hull from getting a hook in it over time. The way to fix it is move the axles and the boat forward all in one go.

It is not bmw, bwm is the make if that is what it is. It is easy to tell if it is hypalon, have a look on http://www.polymarine.com/advice/pvc-or-hypalon/

Edit- may be the picture but is it hooked now? Not a big job to fix the trailer though so don't worry about that.
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Old 23 September 2017, 12:31   #6
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Thanks, I agree looking at the photo but after I read your message I went out and checked it. Your advice re moving the axles as well is very helpful. I will just be snugging it down for the winter here as I am away until the middle of next month and then the winter gale season starts. Thanks for the point re BWM, I will check that out -GJ.
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Old 23 September 2017, 14:36   #7
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You could move the aft rollers further back along the chassis rails. This will simply move the support rather than changing the balance.
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Old 23 September 2017, 14:42   #8
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Thanks Guy, I've had a look, the last roller is a hands length from the transom and I think I can sort it reasonably easily. Bit of WD40 to ease the way, plenty to do so looking forward to getting to know it, cheers -Graham J.
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