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Old 20 January 2014, 15:38   #1
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Aquarius ribs

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This is my first post on here so hopefully I have posted this in the right place.

I am looking for my first rib and need a bit of help.
I have seen an advert for an Aquarius rib which they state is South African, it has been retubed (they state rubber) and has been epoxied. Are these a reasonable first time buy. I'm a bit cautious as the price seem a bit cheap.

Any help would be appreciated.

Many thanks
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Old 20 January 2014, 17:57   #2
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Hi, and welcome! I've not heard of Aquarius but Ribeye are made in SA too. There doesn't seem to be any difference in the quality so if the price and spec is right - go for it!
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Old 21 January 2014, 02:29   #3
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Hi

This is my first post on here so hopefully I have posted this in the right place.

I am looking for my first rib and need a bit of help.
I have seen an advert for an Aquarius rib which they state is South African, it has been retubed (they state rubber) and has been epoxied. Are these a reasonable first time buy. I'm a bit cautious as the price seem a bit cheap.

Any help would be appreciated.

Many thanks
Welcome to Ribnet.
I would say approach with caution. If a boat has been epoxied it could well be covering something up. Itís also the main treatment for osmosis so I would be asking was it dried out properly, what products were used and who applied it.
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Old 21 January 2014, 03:38   #4
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Welcome to Ribnet.
I would say approach with caution. If a boat has been epoxied it could well be covering something up. It’s also the main treatment for osmosis so I would be asking was it dried out properly, what products were used and who applied it.
Thank you for your help I was going to have a look today, is there any obvious signs if it is a cover up?
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Old 21 January 2014, 03:41   #5
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Thanks or your help I am going to take a look today
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Old 21 January 2014, 04:15   #6
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Look for spotting or small bubbles under what ever has been applied. It may also be worth wile asking who made the tubes. We have a Rib in at the moment that was only re-tubed a few years ago and the seams are already giving up.
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Old 21 January 2014, 04:24   #7
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Hi, and welcome! I've not heard of Aquarius but Ribeye are made in SA too. There doesn't seem to be any difference in the quality so if the price and spec is right - go for it!
I have not heard of aquarius either.
No offence ment to satisfied ribeye owners but Google the problems they have had, I have never owned a ribeye but wouldn't touch one with a barge pole from what I have read!!
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I have not heard of aquarius either.
No offence ment to satisfied ribeye owners but Google the problems they have had, I have never owned a ribeye but wouldn't touch one with a barge pole from what I have read!!
thats a bit harsh, maybe some early ribeyes had issues, but i doubt you would find much wrong with more recent ones! any rib can have tube issues, when we bought our brand new Revenger it had to go back to get leaks sorted in the seams and the Avon SR4 I bought last year needed to be re-tubed due to the tubes being knackered, but bought it knowing that so no complaints from me
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thats a bit harsh, maybe some early ribeyes had issues, but i doubt you would find much wrong with more recent ones! any rib can have tube issues, when we bought our brand new Revenger it had to go back to get leaks sorted in the seams and the Avon SR4 I bought last year needed to be re-tubed due to the tubes being knackered, but bought it knowing that so no complaints from me
Well as I say I never had a ribeye and if they are improved. Great!
Mind you I have yet to see one afloat with out the top of the tubes all sun faded and shabby!!

My dad bought a revenger 27ft powerboat (not a rib) in the early 90s and all the transom cracked within a month but to be fair they had it back repaired and strengthened it up and it's still going strong today without a mark on it!

I have had 2 sr4's and on my third Avon. Never had an issue. Not saying they dont as you pointed out! :-)
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Hi

This is my first post on here so hopefully I have posted this in the right place.

I am looking for my first rib and need a bit of help.
I have seen an advert for an Aquarius rib which they state is South African, it has been retubed (they state rubber) and has been epoxied. Are these a reasonable first time buy. I'm a bit cautious as the price seem a bit cheap.

Any help would be appreciated.

Many thanks
Hi deano.

What sort of size boat are you thinking and what do you call 'cheap' for the Aquarius??
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