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Old 05 November 2012, 17:16   #1
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First launch of my new Ribtec

Having bought this back in Sept, has been on my driveway while I do a few jobs on it, and then away with Scott at RibRepair in Brockenhurst to have a few bits on the tubes fixed (rubbing strake and seam tape) and some additional wear patches added to the bow. Scott's work was absolutely first rate - to be highly recommended.

Saturday was my first launch, in Poole. Sadly in the afternoon, so had missed the best of the sunshine, and by 16:30 had turned positively windy - a good test for the boat, and of my recovery skills to get it back onto the trailer! Thankfully all worked perfectly...

My first time in quite a while driving a diesel/outdrive RIB. Does take some time for the turbo to kick in, but when it does, goes very nicely. Coming alongside for the first time was interesting - being quite large/heavy, takes much longer to respond than most other RIB's I've driven.

There were a few RIB's out on Saturday, might have been some of you guys?

Hopefully I'll be afloat more over Winter, based out of Poole, so might see some people out there!

Regards,

Paul
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Old 05 November 2012, 19:27   #2
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Having bought this back in Sept, has been on my driveway while I do a few jobs on it, and then away with Scott at RibRepair in Brockenhurst to have a few bits on the tubes fixed (rubbing strake and seam tape) and some additional wear patches added to the bow. Scott's work was absolutely first rate - to be highly recommended.

Saturday was my first launch, in Poole. Sadly in the afternoon, so had missed the best of the sunshine, and by 16:30 had turned positively windy - a good test for the boat, and of my recovery skills to get it back onto the trailer! Thankfully all worked perfectly...

My first time in quite a while driving a diesel/outdrive RIB. Does take some time for the turbo to kick in, but when it does, goes very nicely. Coming alongside for the first time was interesting - being quite large/heavy, takes much longer to respond than most other RIB's I've driven.

There were a few RIB's out on Saturday, might have been some of you guys?

Hopefully I'll be afloat more over Winter, based out of Poole, so might see some people out there!

Regards,

Paul
Good buy that boat does need new tubes ?

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Old 06 November 2012, 03:55   #3
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Hi Paul

Look forward to seeing you out and about in Poole. We will be using the Parker throughout the winter. Where are you launching from?

We are planning to partake in the Jolly to the Folly in December, so if you would like to cruise around in company, happy to meet up. I'm sure David in Avocet will join us too.

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Having bought this back in Sept, has been on my driveway while I do a few jobs on it, and then away with Scott at RibRepair in Brockenhurst to have a few bits on the tubes fixed (rubbing strake and seam tape) and some additional wear patches added to the bow. Scott's work was absolutely first rate - to be highly recommended.
She looks good
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Old 06 November 2012, 05:34   #5
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Does she need new tubes? I guess that depends on your requirements! I wanted a reasonable sized boat, mainly for winter use, that I wasn't scared to use, so didn't want anything pristine. The tubes held air perfectly when I bought the boat, but there was a 1' section of rubbing strake dangling off, and one seam tape that was worn and lifting. The only wear to the tubes is where previous owners have let lines rub over the fabric for extended periods, and worn away the fabric on very top of the tubes. The undersides and inner areas of the tubes are all perfect. So as far as I can see the main problem is that it looks a bit worse for wear, rather than anything structural!

Given the bow was the worst culprit, I decided to have RibRepair add some additional sections to that, whilst also fixing the rubbing strake/seam tape. Very happy with what's been done there. Maybe next year when the weather becomes more reliable again, then I might have a go at putting some additional wear patches on some of the rear sections - being flat surfaces I'm assuming that will be much easier than the curvy bow area! By doing this remedial work, I'm hoping the current tubes should keep going a few years, after which I can look at retubing. The RIB will be kept out of the water much of the year, and under a full cover, so I'm hoping that these bits of remedial work, and looking after it a bit better than some of the previous owners, will keep it going a bit longer!

Steve - excellent, would be good to see you out - I see the Sea Safari boats going all Summer when we're sailing! I'll be launching at Parkstone Yacht Club, hoping to use it a fair amount December -> March.

Sadly I'm already committed the weekend of the Folly trip. The slight problem with my masterplan to do lots of Winter RIBing in Poole is that as a voluntary Sea Cadet instructor, I run a Winter training programme over at one of our National Training Centres on the East Coast (TS Rebel Homepage), and a fair few of my weekends are taken up with that - one of them being the Folly weekend! But hopefully will manage to join in with other trips.
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Does she need new tubes?
No; if your collar is holding air, the csm is not wearing through and you are happy with the aesthetics, then fine.

Could do with HypaTec protector though

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Old 06 November 2012, 09:33   #7
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Chris - an excellent reminder, had meant to order some at the weekend, having now done the tube repairs... Some Toobshine and Hypatec is now ordered from your site!
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Chris - an excellent reminder, had meant to order some at the weekend, having now done the tube repairs... Some Toobshine and Hypatec is now ordered from your site!
Thanks for your business Paul

Have you given her a name yet?

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Chris - not yet officially named, but think it will be "El Mono".

Now I've got the tubes sorted can start looking at some names/graphics.
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Chris - not yet officially named, but think it will be "El Mono".
"The Monkey" ? I like it
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