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Old 11 September 2006, 13:17   #1
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Another Impulse buy

In my quest to own a rib that can take me to lunch on the scilly isles I just put a deposit down on this Ribtec 5.85

I will get my first look at it on saturday when I pick it up! So hope it looks as good in the flesh as it does in the photo.
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Old 11 September 2006, 13:26   #2
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Well done John, it'll be worth it! That looks a lot of Rib for the money.
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Old 11 September 2006, 13:44   #3
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Hmm, looks very good value. Couple of suggestions though, one cheap and one not so cheap. The cheap one is get a backrest fabricated for that seat, it'll make the journey much more comfortable. The not so cheap suggestion is to partex that 75hp against a 100-150hp 'cos you will find the boat a little underpowered with the current set up.

EDIT: Rereading my post it sounds a bit sneery 'oh look at your underpowered RIB'. That's not my intent, you've picked up a capable rig however its performance will be a little lacking with only 75hp, particularly if loaded with a few crew.
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Old 11 September 2006, 14:00   #4
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It does look good.If your towing far which i think you are, dont be affraid to take a jack with you .jack each wheel up one at a time spin the wheel and listen for any rumbling and pull and push top to bottom and then right to left for play.Also ask if the bearings are in good order .If they are a good dealer i think they should have checked this already .but it will be your problem if you loose a wheel on the motorway.Good luck
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Old 11 September 2006, 14:03   #5
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Yea, I mated my 585 with a 135 v6 Mariner (v nice motor) ! and she went like the wind, pity about the chine walking though but it could certainly handle it, ballast and a wedge on the transom sorted the chine walking. Easily handleable size for launch recovery too
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Old 11 September 2006, 14:12   #6
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The not so cheap suggestion is to partex that 75hp against a 100-150hp 'cos you will find the boat a little underpowered with the current set up.
My thoughts exactly I have set a budget in my mind for a re-engine and some seating alterations.

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dont be affraid to take a jack with you .jack each wheel up one at a time spin the wheel and listen for any rumbling and pull and push top to bottom and then right to left for play
Good idea, I will be asking the dealer to ensure the trailer is in good order but its going to be worth double checking.

PS anyone want a SR4 and lovely suzuki 50 Four Stroke
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Old 11 September 2006, 14:28   #7
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Thats a good buy. Even with that engine.
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Old 11 September 2006, 14:40   #8
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What do you reckon the second hand value of the engine might be, assuming its in good working order?
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It does look good.If your towing far which i think you are, dont be affraid to take a jack with you .jack each wheel up one at a time spin the wheel and listen for any rumbling and pull and push top to bottom and then right to left for play.
Bearing kits cost about $10 a set; maybe an hour or two to do both sides. Why not just replace everything and start from a known condition?

Congrats on the new toy, in any case.

jky

Edit: Geez, I type good. I need a vacation. And luckily, I'm going on one.
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What do you reckon the second hand value of the engine might be, assuming its in good working order?
500-1000 quid i'd say. (But then I am a little out of touch with UK prices these days!)
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