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Old 12 June 2018, 12:46   #1
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Just bought a 2007 Bombard Explorer SB500,
has Yamaha 60hp efi fitted.
1st rib i`ve owned, anybody else got one, as I would like any info available.
Thanks Mick.
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Old 12 June 2018, 13:10   #2
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I have never owned one but you may find some useful info. here:

https://www.bombard.com/en/shop/prod.../explorer-500/
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Old 12 June 2018, 13:28   #3
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I have never owned one but you may find some useful info. here:

https://www.bombard.com/en/shop/prod.../explorer-500/
Thanks will have a look
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Old 13 June 2018, 02:51   #4
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Hi Mick and welcome to the forum.

Congratulations on your your newly acquired rib. We've had some good summers since buying our Bombard Explorer. A great family rib for adventuring down rivers and across the open water. What information would you like to know?

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Old 13 June 2018, 03:04   #5
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Hi Steve,
thanks for the reply, really after general info as per, sponson pressures,fuel tank capacity,
anything I should look out for.
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Old 14 June 2018, 03:59   #6
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Mick, not sure what previous rib experience you have but nothing springs to mind that's specific to the Explorer except it's plated surprisingly for 9-10 persons. I've got close to that number but wouldn't recommend it if you want to stay dry.
There's more experienced seadogs on here than me so as I don't use an air pressure gauge I discovered the norm to be around 1.5-2 psi but this varies between ribs and sibs seem much higher. I found if the tubes feel and sound firm then you're ready to go, but don't over inflate as a hot sunny day makes a big difference. I believe there are 3 internal sections which are interconnected. Make sure though you have the correct fitting to connect to your valves before setting off.
The fuel tank is I think 60-64L and the economy from the Yam is very good. We've been round IOW a couple of times and it uses less than half a tank depending on conditions. Your fuel tank size may differ depending on your console and seating arrangement.
Perhaps you can post a photo here. Do you have yours on a trailer? We're often around cruising out of Poole & Christchurch or if you like let me know if you're planning to come across the Solent.
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Old 14 June 2018, 04:20   #7
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Hi Steve.
Never had a rib before so any advice is gratefully received,
will be using for fishing and with only 2 of us.
Don`t pick it up till Friday so no photos yet.
Had grp boats from 14ft -23ft so not a novice.
Mick.
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Old 14 June 2018, 05:32   #8
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I've got A Bombard Explorer 500, just a few years in age now.
Has a Honda 50 on the back. I personally find it quite a heavy boat and wish I had more power. It's quite a tough boat though which is reflected in it's rugged looks.
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Excellent- I picked my 2005 version 3 weeks ago.

It has. 55ltr fuel tank under the steering console which has so far proved very economical with my 75hp evinrude 2 stroke fitted.

So far seems well built, stable and certainly nippy enough to cope with the river speed limits.

Way better than the previous sibs I have had and being a family rib layout has proved useful too with the seats fitted etc.

Only negatives - quite stern heavy which causes quite a wash on the river at slow speeds and the bombard gauges all a bit temperamental.

I have all the manuals if useful I could copy and mail.

Does yours have any a frame or the front sun bed table option at all?

Hoping to hit the Solent next week as now confidence has grown in the new boats reliability.
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Old 16 June 2018, 09:58   #10
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Excellent- I picked my 2005 version 3 weeks ago.

It has. 55ltr fuel tank under the steering console which has so far proved very economical with my 75hp evinrude 2 stroke fitted.

So far seems well built, stable and certainly nippy enough to cope with the river speed limits.

Way better than the previous sibs I have had and being a family rib layout has proved useful too with the seats fitted etc.

Only negatives - quite stern heavy which causes quite a wash on the river at slow speeds and the bombard gauges all a bit temperamental.

I have all the manuals if useful I could copy and mail.

Does yours have any a frame or the front sun bed table option at all?

Hoping to hit the Solent next week as now confidence has grown in the new boats reliability.
No A frame fitted, has has sun bed option plus a bimini.
not picked up yet so not sure what paperwork comes with it.

Have seen one for sale with trim-tabs so may look at that idea.
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