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Old 11 July 2015, 08:33   #1
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First Rib purchased, now the rebuild starts !!

Hi all, am new here but thought people might like to see the work I am doing to my rib.

Never owned a rib before, yesterday I purchased an 8m Ocean rib with a yamaha sterndrive as a project as I knew that the whole deck was completely soaked and rotten so needed replacing etc etc.

This morning the work started !! jockey seats removed, deck cut out (only the top laminate skin left !!) what is left of the plywood I have been scooping up with a dustpan !! just stopped for lunch and to watch Moto GP qualifying going to get the fuel tank out this afternoon and clean it all down so I can let it dry out. I am going to do the deck in sections, once this part is replaced (all composite and no wood at all this time !!) I will remove the console and do the front. In the meantime the tubes will get some much needed attention and all of the electrics replaced.
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Old 11 July 2015, 09:17   #2
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holy cow!
congratulations.
good luck.
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Old 11 July 2015, 09:32   #3
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I'm digging the shovel. Good luck, plenty of knowledgeable peeps here to help.
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Old 11 July 2015, 09:53   #4
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Thanks

Struggling with getting the fuel tank out at the moment, this is a prime candidate for NOT using open cell foam to fill in round a tank...... Total madness. I should say that I am not a novice boatbuilder it's just that this is my first rib 😀 just measured her and she is 8.5m not 8m so even more work to do so best crack on. Hopefully be able to post some pics later of the empty tank area !!
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Old 11 July 2015, 15:30   #5
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Tank removed

So I managed to get the tank drained and removed, fought me every step of the way !! pumped 70L of water from that compartment that the tank sat in and I would say that there was a good 20 to 30L of water as well still left in the foam on top of what I pumped out !!

Fairly happy with progress today considering how bad it was. Tomorrow I will get this area prepped, I want to put some extra bulkheads in as well so I have to make up some templates for those.

Hightower..... now you can see what the spade was ready for to remove the foam and also the fungus that was growing under there !!!
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Old 11 July 2015, 16:06   #6
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Nice. Still working on my project

One day I will finish lol
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Old 11 July 2015, 16:28   #7
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What a great project!! enjoy. I reckon your gonna make look amazing!
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Old 11 July 2015, 16:28   #8
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Interesting project. Keep the pictures coming. Reckon I can smell the saturated ply from here!
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Old 11 July 2015, 16:33   #9
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Great start..... I like the Ocean hulls.... Will watch progress with interest
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Old 11 July 2015, 17:47   #10
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What is/was the name of the boat?
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