Originally Posted by abyss
Had no intension to offend anyone by having my doubts , but the often answers like :I don't think so or in my opinion - are wrong.
If someone would answer : no, not RNLI because this and that etc... Then I wouldn't question that any more
I not hoping that's ex rnli. Way should I ?it is what it is and if it floats that's good enough for me. Definitive answer would help me search for the answers of the other questions that I might have . Cause believe it or not I'm never saw another picture of the boat on the web that looks like mine.
I see that you've met Mollers. He's our resident Training Troll. If you get over him, you're in...
FYI - the RNLI question is a regular one. Lots of random orange RIBs are sold as "ex-RNLI". It means nothing and IMO, this isn't an RNLI boat either. They just don't do boats like that. What it almost certainly IS will be a commercial or government department boat - Fisheries or similar would be my choice - maybe an Independent Lifeboat. Picton Cobra have been making RIBs since the late 80's and your's is an old 'un. That said, it has huge potential and I'd suggest that you listen to the advice here and don't butcher it for the sake of hitting the water sooner rather than later.
IMHO, it's designed for twins and will be MUCH easier to keep that way. Sell that engine you have - unless you build/buy a proper offset transom jack, it's only ever going to be a balls, just sayin'...
My advice is stick on a few more detailed photos and have a chat about what could be done with it. There are a few rodney's on here, but there is also a mine of information and experience that you'll not find easily elsewhere.
willk (Honorary Oop Northerner)