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Old 11 May 2009, 13:13   #1
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Adding a decent screen to an Outhill console?

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I really want to add a decent screen and stainless rail to my Ribtec cruising/double width console - which i believe is an outhill one (2004/5 Ribtec 585) The current one is just too low and offers poor protection in poor weather/long cruises.

So i'm looking for somebody to make up a stainless steel tubular surround and a curved screen to fit. Are standard screens available anywhere - can't seem to find any online? And can anyone reccommend a company able to produce the rails from a drawing?

Has anyone done anything similar - ie imprved one of these consoles? Noticed at Ribex yesterday that they're a lot higher on the new ones.

Thanks for any advice

Russ
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Haven't got a clue, but I've just spent the last 15 minutes admiring your website. What a superb set of photographs. If I manage to save up enough for a divorce, then re-marry, I will be giving you a call!!!!
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It's not often I am impressed by such things but your photography and eye for detail is amazing!!!

Coming back to the point in question just remember the higher the screen the more wind drag there will be = worse fuel and slower top speed.
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Hi All

I really want to add a decent screen and stainless rail to my Ribtec cruising/double width console - which i believe is an outhill one (2004/5 Ribtec 585) The current one is just too low and offers poor protection in poor weather/long cruises.

So i'm looking for somebody to make up a stainless steel tubular surround and a curved screen to fit. Are standard screens available anywhere - can't seem to find any online? And can anyone reccommend a company able to produce the rails from a drawing?

Has anyone done anything similar - ie imprved one of these consoles? Noticed at Ribex yesterday that they're a lot higher on the new ones.

Thanks for any advice

Russ
I have an Outhill console, and my problem was the lines of the stainless surround, I did not like the way it projected out to the side - matter of individual taste I guess. Stainless Steve in Lymington has made up a replacement for me to a different design, I'm sure that he would work from a drawing.
Interestingly I have cut my Outhill screen down as it was too high! I cannot post any pictures this week, but can post some next week if it is of interest. By the way, I have an Outhill stainless surround, all I'd want is the postage.
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Hi All

I really want to add a decent screen and stainless rail to my Ribtec cruising/double width console - which i believe is an outhill one (2004/5 Ribtec 585) The current one is just too low and offers poor protection in poor weather/long cruises.

So i'm looking for somebody to make up a stainless steel tubular surround and a curved screen to fit. Are standard screens available anywhere - can't seem to find any online? And can anyone reccommend a company able to produce the rails from a drawing?

Has anyone done anything similar - ie imprved one of these consoles? Noticed at Ribex yesterday that they're a lot higher on the new ones.

Thanks for any advice

Russ
Can you post a pic of the console
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Old 11 May 2009, 16:03   #6
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It's definitely a 'sitting down' boat - my friends 6.5 Tornado has a more substantial console, a harder ride, harder sets and is consequently more of a stand-up-when-its-bumpy type boat. It's screen is huge by comparison.

What i'm looking to do is get a screen made which is high enough to protect the passenger in this pic. Sitting down, it'll give much better protection, plus giving a much better grab rail to the passenger in rough conditions - it's pretty tough to stay in her at the moment! I may even extend it slightly wide of the console.

It's got to look good, though, I'm not sticking anything crappy on it.

Thanks for the kind words about the pics - it's cool doing your hobby for a living! :
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It's not an Outhill console.

I'd suggest you try to get the screen made first, then when you're happy with the new screen height, get someone to fabricate a rail around it. You can try different height screens by adding pieces of thin perspex/polycarb to your existing screen and adjust the height until you get it spot on.
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Whilst it will look horrible it's a good idea to cover the rail in foam such as pipe insulation or roll cage padding - if you stuff the boat it could save a few teeth!!!
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I can't help much on this subject but wanted to say you obviously know how to paint with light! Great work on your site
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