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Old 11 October 2002, 07:25   #11
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Has anyone told the stiffy joke yet?

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Old 11 October 2002, 10:27   #12
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The 4x4 approach

As we have seen from the thread on RI and the 4x4 feature, its considered by the majority that a RIB mag will write about RIbs and 4x4 mags about 4x4.

What I would add though, is go look at something like Landrover Owner and you will find features about care + maintenance, but how about a rebuild project. (I accept that maintenance has been covered in RI over time),

Find a dog and rebuild it.

In this you could covering the purchase of a base hull, spripping it down to make repairs, common repair like re-gelling the hull that has been hit by a rock, step, trailer or worn away while used on slipways. Strengtherning the transom for taking a heavy 4 stroke, and best practice for fit out.
But do it for someone with DIY in mind. (I understand there are could be items beyond a standard DIY ability with safety concerns, but explain the process and stick a strong warning on it)

On a rebuild, you could raise issues with manufacture design, the structure types and materials used, the +/- of underfloor tanks, things to consider when buying a 10 year old rib that may have some good years left in it.

When you have to repair a boat you (sometimes) see the faults in the manufacture, its weaknesses.

You could push a bit on quality control in factories as some new boats i know of have been less than perfect in finish and I'm not talking cheap manufacturers.

Lets try to encorage the education of people knowing what they are buying and how to save money by buying a sound product.

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Old 11 October 2002, 11:56   #13
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Charles, 'lighten up' old chap, I have had counselling on that little episode at 'beware of dealers annonymous', it was difficult to stand up and admit 'My name is Pete, I trusted a main dealer, I was had over' but I have now fully overcome it. It was a light hearted comment to wake some of you up, and it worked! Now relax and chill out! it's all over.

Enjoy the Forum, you only live once,

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Old 12 October 2002, 12:06   #14
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Magazine content

There are numerous organisations around the British Isles who use Ribs as workboats rescue boats etc,different makes of boats , boats which have manifested different problems.Some of these craft are used for passengers tours white knuckle stuff etc,some are used as fishery patrol boats dive club boats police boats customs boats,inland waterways survey boats, RNLI rescue boats Navy boarding craft etc.The vast majority of these boats have different equipment different motors and are used for different jobs,It would be good to see a couple of pages dedicated to a different organisations boat in each issue of the magazine detailing mainteance issues which have arisen , repairs made, gear fitted ,problems encountered with craft and electronics and prehaps a few pictures of the boat at work or carring passengers if thats its job,cover topics like fuel economy, load carrying capabilities,regulations the boat has had to adhear to, crews stories and let us see issue by issue the type of ribs used not as leisure craft and ,how they shape up to the environment they are used in.Talk to Greenpeace who have quite a few ribs for example see what organisations and charites like the RNLI require from their boats gavin
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Old 12 October 2002, 16:42   #15
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feedback

havnt studied this forum in detail but i beleive we are providing feedback for RI mag ?

I bought a copy a while ago when I was first looking for a RIB and relished the thought of having a great read in the bath with it, but was a bit dissapointed when having flipped thru a few pages there was little content other than ads ?

I am sure as mentioned there is huge scope for articles, which will appeal to JO average and not the top end market, dealing with maintenance, buying secondhand, clubs, readers boats / projects......

I guess a case of the TINA principle, there is no alternative

Would be nice to see it on bigger shelves, rather than having to subscribe

i'm sure it can only improve as a result of feedback and people offering input
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Old 15 October 2002, 06:23   #16
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Still no answer on how much you are going to pay !!!!
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Old 16 October 2002, 03:17   #17
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...and I assume that without Hugo firing back at me, my bit about the Hobby Horse advertorial for Scorpion was right on target.
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Old 16 October 2002, 11:59   #18
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Mike, just a thought, your engine swop would make a good article. If you want to sell your soul though.

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Old 16 October 2002, 17:49   #19
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Pete, it's been done here for free. I'm always happy to write for money but it seems that there's no going rate in RIB International. At least, not as far as Alan P has been able to discover.

But here's hopin'.....
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Old 16 October 2002, 18:19   #20
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Maybe I should offer an article on my LPG gas conversion for my V6 Freelander - Maybe they would be interested in that?
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