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Old 24 May 2007, 10:40   #11
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It worries me that I can't get to the tank on my Solent. Should anything ever go wrong its going to be a matter of cutting the deck up to get to the tank
Me too...especially as I've got expensive Tek Dek fitted.
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Old 24 May 2007, 11:03   #12
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Looks like a resin spray system to me. It speeds up the hull laminating process quite a bit. Any time you need to wet out some fibreglass you just spray it on and keep going. No need to mix pails of resin and go like hell before it sets up on you.

Just curious, what type of deck do people prefer - the hand finished marine ply version or the molded version? I am working on the plug for a 5m boat here in Canada and have not decided if I should make a deck mold.
The beauty of a molded deck is that there is no chance of a ply deck getting wet through a crack/leak/damage and ultimately rotting out. The downside of course for the manufacturer is that an additional mold needs to be created to do this. Ply decks are cheaper but molded decks better IMHO. (& I've owned RIBS with both.)

I do like those fuel tank hatches on the Parkers though. Seems an eminently sensible idea but again drives additional cost (at least in the design/set up phase). Not even Scorpion do that AFAIK!
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Old 24 May 2007, 11:13   #13
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moulded. Look sooooooo much better. Ive never got a real answer on how a moulded deck is fitted to the hull though!
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Old 24 May 2007, 11:21   #14
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The beauty of a molded deck is that there is no chance of a ply deck getting wet through a crack/leak/damage and ultimately rotting out. The downside of course for the manufacturer is that an additional mold needs to be created to do this. Ply decks are cheaper but molded decks better IMHO. (& I've owned RIBS with both.)

I do like those fuel tank hatches on the Parkers though. Seems an eminently sensible idea but again drives additional cost (at least in the design/set up phase). Not even Scorpion do that AFAIK!

Parker make all their Plugs and Moulds in house, which makes it cost effective. Personally I prefer the moulded deck as it is not only practical, non slip, but also enhances the final product.

Attached is another picture showing a 4 tank set up. These are standard sizes, 2 x 225l & 2 x 100l the sizes cannot be increased as this would only compromise the strength of the hull.
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Parker make all their Plugs and Moulds in house, which makes it cost effective. Personally I prefer the moulded deck as it is not only practical, non slip, but also enhances the final product.

Attached is another picture showing a 4 tank set up. These are standard sizes, 2 x 225l & 2 x 100l the sizes cannot be increased as this would only compromise the strength of the hull.
Are the Parkers all their own design etc

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Old 24 May 2007, 12:07   #16
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Are the Parkers all their own design etc

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The Baltic is 100% Parker Design, the RS Hull and the 630 Range are a UK design, the moulds were purchased in the UK circa 1999, perhaps Andre can comment.
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The Baltic is 100% Parker Design, the RS Hull and the 630 Range are a UK design, the moulds were purchased in the UK circa 1999, perhaps Andre can comment.
Correct. We first introduced the Baltic range in 2003. To save time and money we put the tube and a madeshift console on the plug. Installed twin optimax 150 and let loose Dog Phillips and his brother Stephen into the Bay of Gdansk. They came back with thumbs up and the rest is history. Ribex 2004 was the first introduction to the UK market of the Baltic hull. Perhaps the cabin version was not the right choice at the time but Ribex 2006 and 2007 only confirmed that there are very few 9 mtr hulls that can match our Baltic.
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defo chopper set up,, not as strong as laying layers of mat .......
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Anyone identify this piece of equipment......?
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Old 24 May 2007, 15:14   #20
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No shit, Sherlock........

To Quote Ribcraft's website... " Chop Strand Mat and roving clothes are placed and laminated into position by Ribcraft's highly skilled laminators. All stages of construction are closely monitored by computer to ensure correct humidity and temperature "
...so it couldn't be a chopper... could it?
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