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Old 02 February 2011, 04:28   #11
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full of yourself aren't you?
As regards commandability, 56lb steel weights set the bar fairly low

They only command they seem familiar with is "Stay!"

Fully kitted, I'm worth four of 'em and I know all the basic sheepdog commands. It's a pity that Tom's whistling is a bit rusty. There was an embarrassing moment when I had the entire crew penned in the bow...
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Old 02 February 2011, 04:40   #12
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Don't worry willk,
They are all just jealous....including me.
Nothing like getting out midweek for good honest to goodness wet fun !
Best I got to helm yesterday was my desk at work and push pens all day....

Nice action shot on No.3

Surprised the Irish Coast Guard are getting new ribs from Redbay.
Didn't think there was any money left in the country !
Nice spec 8.0 tho, bet they will have lots of fun patrolling the Irish coast in her

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That reminds me, I forgot one picture. She's a big girl, the engine housing lid is lower than the tubes and there must be 18" of deck walk space between the housing and the sides! The 315hp was a freebee from Yanmar, as was the ZT350 leg (twin counterrotating props). This boat is basically a test platform (hull, leg, etc.) and is a very basic spec. (for Redbay). The tubes are a secondhand revamped set that had been lying in the store for years.

Immediate plans are for an outboard wraparound version and another with a Volvo D-6 installation (so 350HP) - that thing will shift!
No doubt the Expedition version will not be too far off. I heard mutterings about galleys and heads

Apparently, Yanmar will be adopting the new Landcruiser V8 block, so that opens up interesting new possibilities too - vroom-vroom!
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Old 02 February 2011, 05:03   #14
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Don't worry willk,
They are all just jealous....including me.
Did I mention the Lunch that Couldn't be Beat in Harry's....?

What did you have, oh sorry, that's right - you were eating your liver at work



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to be fair a large trained dog or monkey could be referred as a a smart weight!!!

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Apparently, Yanmar will be adopting the new Landcruiser V8 block, so that opens up interesting new possibilities too - vroom-vroom!
Will that be a diesel or petrol, I cant remember whats in the Landcruiser.

And to original topic yes but it never bothered me, however, I'd place a long list of younger opposite sex candidates ahead of me if it was mandatory on board a RIB, thats when a helm at the stern comes into it's own.
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Old 02 February 2011, 06:11   #18
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Will that be a diesel or petrol, I cant remember whats in the Landcruiser.
Not the existing petrol V8, I assume this one (which is new to Toyota) is a diesel. I reely dunno, tbh
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Yeah, point taken but there it is. Still, she has twin drain socks and a 1100GPH bilge pump. Bear in mind that this is NOT a production boat and subsequent boats have a different configuration/s. As I said, this is a no-frills test bed, basically a hull, Patrol console & Jockeys with very basic electronics and the engine.
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Would you fit them if you were specifying a new RIB?
Sorry DHD, missed you there. I'm all mixed up about Suspension seating.

If you just mean ScotSeats over another brand, sure if the price was right - they're built solidly and the ride is great.

Would I spec Suspension seats in general, I dunno. It's a minefield. Ignore the cost (if you can) a moment and consider the pros and cons

On work boat, with a small but busy crew - they must be a bonus. For thrill rides, they may eventually be compulsory. For farting about wave hopping it starts to get fuzzy - to me, the uninitiated, they take away a little bit of the "feel" of the boat, but I think experience would help that. Some folks think they would encourage the skipper to push a boat too hard. Certainly, if the passengers didn't have the same seating, they would suffer. For a lad like me with spine damage, they would ease the pain on an extended days cruising. I am disciplined enough to helm from one and not push the limits of boat or crew. So I'd consider one/two on an open boat, in a wheelhouse I'd probably prefer a full "KAB" style seat for the helm. Again, ScotSeats do a beauty, although the Dial-Your-Weight feature ain't gonna be a hit with the Ladyees....
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