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Old 08 October 2011, 16:05   #1
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Camel Trophy Rib.......any good?

Hi all,
New to this site and was looking for some of your wisdom. I'm thinking of buying a Camel Trophy Ribtec 655 and was wondering if anyone here has ever owned one or had experience with one? Any input would be much appreciated.
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Old 08 October 2011, 16:54   #2
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Yes, Stu (Rogue Wave) asked I would drive his for a commercial charter one night. The thing had difficulty getting on the plane with 6 pax plus me. I told a small fib that the fuel tanks were full knowing we were running on fumes and could run out of fuel at any point.

So nice boats, if you get rid of the scaffolding and put a proper sized engine on it. I don't think the Honda 130 produces anything like 130 hp. oh and it used more fuel than my Merc v6 150 hp 2 stroke on the same Ribtec hull . Big deep constant V hull needs lots of power to get going. There is an Osprey Viper 6.25 on e bay at the moment which personally I think would be a much better buy even if you needed to add seats. Viper hull shape produces a superb handling boat and good economy.

Most have had a hard life, so choose with care and don't pay over the odds. Wiring was carried out by security staff at Saxon Wharf on their days off so not the best and two of the 3 fuel tanks are under the deck. Electronics are now dated.

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Old 08 October 2011, 17:07   #3
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only ones I have seen have been underpowered dogs. Oh so heavy, and major probs with one up here with underdeck fuel leaks, allegedly due to the use of disimilar metals in a salty underdeck environment, but as said...allegedly.Owner opened the drain plug on the transom and covered the slipway with a technicolour mix of fuel and water.
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Old 08 October 2011, 17:07   #4
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I think the Camel Trophy boats attract a "premium" because of their history / provenence. i.e. you will pay more for one simply because it was once a camel trophy rib than you would for an identical hull rigged to the same standard with the same engine. Unlike ex MoD or RNLI boats where the provenance might suggest robustness the camel trophy boats were built to survive one race and reports on here don't seem to suggest build quality matched the reputation that ribtec had when they started.
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Hi,
I used to own two of them and can comment on the following: -
The engines are a little underpowered for the boat (but it depends what performance your after) and I changed the 130's for Optimax 200's.
There seems to always be a problem with the underdeck tanks as they usually let water in and petrol out. On mine the problem was due to two things. Firstly the fuel sender units are made of different metal to the tanks and so corrode and leak. Secondly the fuel pick up in the tanks is not at the bottom so even if you run the tanks "dry" there is still about 20 litres of fuel / water left in the tank which can only be removed through the sender fixing.
The electrics are 12 years old now so expect the usual problems.
Finally though, they are great hulls and very seaworthy boats, just make sure you investigate what problems the one you're looking at might have and budget accordingly.
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Old 09 October 2011, 06:21   #6
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Thank's guy's, much appreciated. Sound's like there more trouble than there worth, think i'll steer clear!!
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All of the above.

And, do you REALLY want to be sitting in a RIB branded after a packet of American fags?
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I've had my hands on every single one of them as I was one of the team that rigged them. Don't buy it

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You're not selling yourself there Biffer!
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Old 09 October 2011, 08:26   #10
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You're not selling yourself there Biffer!
I don't think he needs to and those two sentences he posted are probably worth there weight in gold. Oh and he has just knocked 3 grand off the price of a Camel rib.

In addition to the camel ribs, Ribtec did later use the moulds to make others with similar bow and seat mouldlings. There was a blue and white rib in Southampton with twin 50hp 4 strokes like this. That was also very slow when I drove it, about 22 knots or so but built without the 3rd deck tank and no scaffolding it might be a better option.

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