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Old 26 June 2012, 15:02   #1
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Can anyone identify This Rib

Hi all I have posted before with regards to the identity of this rib. But ive got some better photos now.
I am doing a lot of work on it, and it would be nice if I could put a brand name on it so I'm more informed as to its capabilities. It has been suggested it may be an early Ring. It is 6.6m ish long, 2.6 wide 1.6 internal width.
It seems quiet nippy and easily got to 45mph on the gps with 2 up and 83 litres of fuel, with a 100hp mercury with a 19 pitch prop.
Please Please all you rib Gurus help. I seem to be spending all my time now searching google images
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Old 26 June 2012, 15:07   #2
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A few more pics
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Old 26 June 2012, 15:18   #3
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Before and after the tubes where recovered.

And how it sits in the water.
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Old 26 June 2012, 15:24   #4
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Really doesnt have the look of a RING hull.....I'd bin that line of thinking ...more of a one off homebuilt ?
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Old 26 June 2012, 15:25   #5
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Also has anybody ever come across this. there are four hatches in total two forward and two in the center of the hull. I am glassing them over but they were originally filled with bolted clear acrylic panels. and each pair are in what seems like waterproof compartments.
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Old 26 June 2012, 15:29   #6
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That's fairly standard "glass bottomed boat" config. Scary.
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Old 26 June 2012, 15:33   #7
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Hi PeterM I did think that initially myself but it seems a bit to detailed for a one off home build the Hull and stringers/deck are two separate sections top and bottom that join and form the hull/deck if you get my drift. these are both fiberglass and have been produces in a mold. this would seem to be a very expensive method for a one off build having to create 2 male and 2 female molds. Wouldn't a ply composite like gemini be but a much more sensible option.????
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Really doesnt have the look of a RING
Lol it does now
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Old 26 June 2012, 15:54   #9
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Wildcat?
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Chasecraft? Back of the tubes have that look/colour. Not sure the chines look right though.
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Old 26 June 2012, 16:49   #12
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Wildcat?
This has also been suggested to me. In-fact the inside of the boat and the curve at the front of the tubes and the description of the internal compartments within a double skinned hull and the dimensions all look good. But the strakes curve upwards at the front of the Wildcat images i've been able to view, maybe they were different on the older Wildcats.

Also as an additional point it has also been suggested that if it is a Wildcat and being of African origin. The water tight compartments with the hatches may have been used for drug running between Morocco and Spain during the late 80's early 90's.
I think this is a bit far fetched but I was curious as to why the two compartments drain out to the Bilge at the rear yet the Anchor locker which is up front drains down the sides of the hull and not through the two compartments, meaning that it has always got about 6 inches of water in it.(this has now been addressed with a drain fitted)
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I am not doubting you, or your knowledge.

However it would be very helpful if you could give a reason for your certainty.so that I can officially strike these off the possibles.

And Please Please remember That assuming the engine is original this could be as old as the Late 80's early 90's, and as with all manufactured products tweaks and improvements over the years can have a bearing on the aesthetics.

For example My Ring conclusion was based on the look of the transom from the rear even though the strakes now curve/flick over slightly whereas mine are flat combine this with the way the v hull falls away into a substantial Pad at the rear then look at the Hulls of some early Ring speed boats, Where I should imagine the rib hulls took there initial design. Then look at the way the inside meets the deck quite high up the tubes and you will see where im coming from.

I never said it was a 2 year old boat but it could be getting on for 20 years, can you still say for certain.
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I am not doubting you, or your knowledge.

However it would be very helpful if you could give a reason for your certainty.so that I can officially strike these off the possibles.

And Please Please remember That assuming the engine is original this could be as old as the Late 80's early 90's, and as with all manufactured products tweaks and improvements over the years can have a bearing on the aesthetics.

For example My Ring conclusion was based on the look of the transom from the rear even though the strakes now curve/flick over slightly whereas mine are flat combine this with the way the v hull falls away into a substantial Pad at the rear then look at the Hulls of some early Ring speed boats, Where I should imagine the rib hulls took there initial design. Then look at the way the inside meets the deck quite high up the tubes and you will see where im coming from.

I never said it was a 2 year old boat but it could be getting on for 20 years, can you still say for certain.

I suspect he's retubed or tubed most models of both
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Also has anybody ever come across this. there are four hatches in total two forward and two in the center of the hull. I am glassing them over but they were originally filled with bolted clear acrylic panels. and each pair are in what seems like waterproof compartments.
Avon used to offer an option on the tenders -'ocean view' which was a clear panel in the hull but this is the only RIB I have ever heard of with this fitted.

The internal deck fitting is much higher than most/all other RIBS which would have me think its a one off built by a very exacting individual if its as good a standard as you say.
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