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Old 04 May 2014, 14:07   #21
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A new boat...okay, can't go wrong there. Wrong outboard...umm no! Wrong outboard with failing gaskets...NO WAY!!! Those gaskets are cracking all over the place. If it were mine I would be performing a complete teardown before it fails.

Is there a reason you want a SIB? If putting it on a trailer I would recommend a RIB.
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Old 04 May 2014, 14:07   #22
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Bill Higham Marine's name keeps popping up all to often with people buying sub standard ribs and sibs off him maybe the company name should have a public health warning like on a packet of cigarettes.

I did think that once that they have been selling ribs for a few years that they might have learned something but it just looks like they are out for a quick profit no matter what.
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Old 04 May 2014, 14:39   #23
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You have heard it all now - demand your money back pronto - I'd even leave him a phone message to get ready for you coming on Tuesday!
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Old 04 May 2014, 14:58   #24
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What an absolute load of cobblers Who told you that
That was from Bill him self, when I talked to him over the phone.

Seems these guys have got a pretty bad reputation, I'll be demanding my money back that's for sure. Simon have another thing coming if he thinks he can get away with this.

Looks like I'll be searching for a new boat and engine then, shame really as this is the start of the season but hey, rather now then sorry later.

Thanks all for the feedback/replies, been a great help. I'll update you guys of the end result.
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Old 04 May 2014, 15:06   #25
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I purchased a ex rnli unit 40 hp mariner of bh once it seemed to be a good unit. I sold it off to a fellow ribnet member and I believe he had no serious problems with it either. btw the shaft lenght on that unit was 17.5 inches mid way between a long and short shaft.
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Old 04 May 2014, 15:43   #26
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ive found bill higham to be very helpful and very knowledgable. simon i will not deal with. my current engine (force 120) is a cracking engine, had a couple of issues with it at first but all parts replaced with no quibbles at all. it was however delivered to my mates garage in the back of a small van having just been slung in there with very little care - ive just resprayed it to get rid of the scrapes and the hole in the cover! as for the the rnli using seapro's, dont make me laugh!!!!!!
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Old 04 May 2014, 16:01   #27
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ive found bill higham to be very helpful and very knowledgable. simon i will not deal with. my current engine (force 120) is a cracking engine, had a couple of issues with it at first but all parts replaced with no quibbles at all. it was however delivered to my mates garage in the back of a small van having just been slung in there with very little care - ive just resprayed it to get rid of the scrapes and the hole in the cover! as for the the rnli using seapro's, dont make me laugh!!!!!!
Problem is Jonathan, Bill has retired and Simon has taken over the business. People are being ripped off with shoddy not fit for purpose boats and Bill doesn't seem to do anything about it.


So in my eyes BH Marine is a dodgy company with Del boy at the helm.
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Old 04 May 2014, 17:27   #28
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I have been using Bill for about 20 years for parts and service work, and despite his eye wateringly expensive prices I have always been happy. If I had a problem it would be sorted straight away and if I needed a 'grimbleyfurby' for a 1987 2 stroke Yamaha he would always have a few in a box.

However I have never seen such a mess for a 'professional' paint job. A 10 year old could do better with a pack of crayons. The whole lot will fall off in days. I'm really shocked that they would let that out of the door, and disgusted that they sold it to you.

Selling you a short shaft engine for a long shaft boat is just bonkers and shows a worrying lack of knowledge by the seller. Its had zero prep work and then a rattle can spray over. I would say the engine is now worth less than before it was 'resprayed'.

Glad you are going to throw the whole lot back at them, they deserve it. They actually deserve a good internet kicking as well (which I'm sure Ribnet can deliver ).
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Old 05 May 2014, 01:31   #29
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What a terrible story, you expect this from an eBay seller but not 'proper' dealer.

As you can see you have rattled everyone with this, you not only have the weight of Ribnet behind you but also consumer law, you've clearly been sold something not fit for purpose, get a full refund for the whole package, you're entitled to it.

What a crap way to start the season, really sorry to hear, but I guess 5 knots is better then bobbing about with a failed engine.
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I must say my experience with this Company was also very poor.I travelled from the East coast to collect a 2700 Seapro air deck on arrival Simon was out the boat was boxed under an assortment of tool boxes not quite what I was expecting!!Opened the box at home no manual although that has since been sent the floor supports were bent on the corners if I had lived closer it would have gone back.Not the best experience for my first SIB purchase.The product seems ok and what I had expected however the service was appalling.Lesson learnt one supplier to remove from the list.Glad i've had the opportunity to vent my feelings also
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