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Old 17 August 2004, 06:15   #1
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Fitting out equipment

A slightly ambiguous question but I thought, not only would it help me, it might be a useful reference for people. I'm sure many questions have already been answered in past threads, but to have them all in one would be kind of handy.

In the not too distant future I may be fitting out a RIB of around 5m (but most of this would apply to bigger or smaller boats) and so would like advice and details on suitable equipment and companies.

If you have had dealings with a company that have impressed you with service and value or a particular product, then please let me know. Particually companies that might not normally be associated with marine applications and so would be a good cheaper alternative (i.e stainless fabrications, windscreen makers, upholsterers etc etc).

Also, products that you have found that are good value and do their job well. Perhaps you have found something that isn't intended for marine use but makes an excellent cheaper alternative to a marine product? In my other interests I always find there are cheaper alternatives to products (possibly without the label) that perform just as well as their more expensive counterparts.

Likewise, say if you think one should avoid a certain product.

Basically anything that you have fitted to your RIB that you're impressed with for whatever reason (particually price for me!) please let me know!

Some things I might be looking at buying:
Fuel tank (including sender and fuel line)
battery
cables (steering, throttle/gear, battery, electrics)
Instruments
electrics (switches, fuses, panels etc)
upholstery
stainless steel piping (fabricated...skipole/a-frame?)
deck hardware (cleats, hatches etc etc)
boat covers
windscreens
bits and bobs (bilge pumps, pipes,
Tools, glues, sealants, paints etc
anything else i may have missed

Please note, I have used the term "good value" in that I am a poor student and so can't afford a lot but at the same time don't want something that will fall apart after five minutes. I guess this is the view of most people here!

bloody hell, I've written an essay...apologies!

Thanks for your help.

Cheers

Tim
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Old 17 August 2004, 06:21   #2
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If you've ever seen Blue Peter........

........you'll appreciate the following. "Here's one I made earlier". Why not just buy a R.I.B instead of making one
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Old 17 August 2004, 06:32   #3
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ah come on MeMe, you can't say that it would not be satisfying to build up your own RIB?! I would also find it quite interesting being a engineering student. I plan to design and make my own consoles.

Even people who have bought complete RIBs would've needed to buy bits for it at some point!

Tim

Oh and Blue Peter was a legendary program. A Blue Peter badge is a great accessory to have on a night out at uni!
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Old 17 August 2004, 08:47   #5
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I'm only messing.......

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ah come on MeMe, you can't say that

...........with ya. To be honest I'd love the time and energy (as well as the brains) to undertake such a project.

I'll keep an eye on your future threads and help whenever possible. Good Luck.
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cheers MeMe, much appreciated!

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Some things I might be looking at buying:
Fuel tank (including sender and fuel line)
battery
cables (steering, throttle/gear, battery, electrics)
Instruments
electrics (switches, fuses, panels etc)
upholstery
stainless steel piping (fabricated...skipole/a-frame?)
deck hardware (cleats, hatches etc etc)
boat covers
windscreens
bits and bobs (bilge pumps, pipes,
Tools, glues, sealants, paints etc
anything else i may have missed
Yes no problem send me a pm or email and I will give you a price based on you buying the lot.

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Dom,

Thanks, you have PM.

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Why not just buy a R.I.B instead of making one
Because most manufacturers choose much of their equipment on price and not quality?

Bilge pump switches - have had a solid state "Water Witch" level switch fitted for three years - no problems. (40 form a company in Hayling - Penguin?)
Had a "Bilge Buddy" for a season - corroded away and had to bin it. (40)
Conventional float switches as fitted bu boat builders - never had one but have heard that they break up after a few good wave hops?

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Old 18 August 2004, 05:13   #10
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Bilge pump switches - have had a solid state "Water Witch" level switch fitted for three years - no problems. (40 form a company in Hayling - Penguin?)
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Is that Pumpkin Marine at Northney Marina?
Good prices on electronics, and a lot os stock in a small shop. They advertise in most Yotti publications.
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