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Old 20 August 2015, 13:33   #41
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The fuel tank came with 4 brackets which were Sika flexed to the floor. There is no movement as the fuel tank is butted up to the front of the console and with the brackets in place they touch the side of the console.

Behind the fuel tank the battery box was then sika flexed to the floor again this is a tight fit in the console so meant I did not need to look at stronger ways to fasten to the deck.
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Old 20 August 2015, 13:35   #42
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The steering, throttle, gear cables and control box loom were then pulled through the console and spiral wrapped.

The marine fuel pipe for the tank and breather pipe to the fuel filler cap were installed.

The console was then Sika flexed down and the 30 odd self tappers screwed in place and with more Sika!
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Old 20 August 2015, 13:37   #43
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I used a stainless midget vent which I turned upside down as a way to hide the hole I made for the GPS cables. This was then filled with Sika and moulded to leave a flush finish
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Next was the wiring and trying to follow the control box instructions for wiring in the gauges was not easy and took a while. All the wires were then spiral wrapped to keep it tidy and to stop any wires getting snagged.

Once the gauges appeared to be working they were sealed in place with marine silicone and the gauge brackets tightened up.
One of the carling switches I used to control the gauge lights, unfortunately the hour gauge does not come with a back light but the rest looks good
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Control box was then bolted in place and control cables installed and again spiral wrapped to keep it tidy.

seat base was fitted, seat frame and back rest
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The boat was finally completed on the 3rd of January 2015 at midnight. Ready for the Ribnet Nacho run the following day. I had started it on muffs and had to make a few adjustments to the gear selector and throttle on the engine but hoped for the best on the day.
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Apart from an electric issue on the day of the Nacho run where it conked out after covering 40 miles it had been brilliant and great fun.

The boat has now done 405 miles and after experimenting with a few props the first a spitfire prop which is great for rough weather, bites into the corners and gets it up on the plane like a scalded cat! I have another 3 blade 17 pitch prop for fine weather which at the weekend saw 36knts on the GPS for a split second!
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I still have some more plans, the upholstery will be getting replaced with thicker foam, it will be in black upholstery but with orange piping.

I am also contemplating with an a frame but the boat is so nicely balanced with the light weight engine it may upset the ride.

Special thanks goes to MattH who sourced the boat and helped with the refurb and those of you on Ribnet who have posted up your rebuilds that I have used for ideas and knowledge.

I hope you have enjoyed the thread.

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Awesome build dude, good fun. some pics for the library! Its very fast and superbly balanced as the engine is extremely light and the fuel tank is ideally situated. Never chine walks at all even at 35 knots range.A superb Rib dude and well done!
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Looks ace. Done a lot quicker than my current build lol
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