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Old 26 February 2010, 11:57   #1
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ferryman ribs - are they that bad?

just saw a ferryman which has some good features but read there was something about big yellow busting up in cornwall, were all the ribs the same?
no stringers? no backing?

this is a 2002 boat has a decent engine Volvo kad 32
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Old 26 February 2010, 12:31   #2
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The MIAB report regarding the construction of 'Big Yellow' would be comical if not so worrying. Why should the boat you're considering be put together any differently? I wouldn't touch one.
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Old 26 February 2010, 12:41   #3
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Buy something thats decent, even if the one your looking at is fine you may struggle to sell it on.
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Why indeed? If you wanted a small (6-7m) Ferryman for personal use, and you NEVER wanted to sell it again, I'd say why not? A friend has a 6.5 and it's a fantastic, sturdy rib with excellent sea-keeping qualities. The hulls are splashed Rapiers and bear a striking similarity to some of the smaller Parkers . The Fisheries College in Greencastle have a very nice example that they use as a safety/training boat - they don't seem to be sweating it too much.

The problems seem to have arisen when Ferryman "stretched" the design out to 9m without additional structural support in the hull - a disaster that rightly sank the company, as well as Big Yellow.

I have heard that existing Ferryman ribs cannot be coded without belowdeck inspection (gutting).

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*cough* Redbay *cough*
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That link opens the rib.net home page for some reason?
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That link opens the rib.net home page for some reason?
Thnx, fixed
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The problems seem to have arisen when Ferryman "stretched" the design out to 9m without additional structural support in the hull -
'Sticking' the pods and console down with a squirt of mastic and a handful of sef-tappers didn't add to Big Yellow's structural integrity any, this was nothing to do with the hull construction. The whole thing was a 'lash-up'.
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'Sticking' the pods and console down with a squirt of mastic and a handful of sef-tappers.... The whole thing was a 'lash-up'.
Bl**dy DIY ribs
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Thnx, fixed
Still opens the homepage for me?

http://www.maib.gov.uk/publications/...big_yellow.cfm
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Still opens the homepage for me?
No srsly, it's fixed!
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