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Old 05 April 2012, 04:32   #1
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Interesting Little Thing?

When a new Dry Stack customer said they were bringing a 5.4m inboard diesel RIB to us, we did kind of think that maybe they had it wrong - but sure enough it arrived. Thought it might be interesting?

It's an SR 5.4m with a Mercruiser 100hp inboard diesel. Apparently the MOD ordered 6 of them (at 65K each!!!!!!!) and then after receiving the first 3 decided they were not big enough for what they wanted so just moth balled the next 3 and then sold them. This one has just 14hrs on the engine, a S/Steel 5-blade prop, shock mitigation seats, self-righting equipment etc. Having given her a quick test, she seems to be a cracking little boat.

Anyone seen anything similar?
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Old 05 April 2012, 04:41   #2
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Ooops!

Make that a Yanmar engine not a Mercruiser!
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Old 05 April 2012, 04:45   #3
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This will be her then: linky
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Old 05 April 2012, 04:50   #4
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Now that... I like very much would be great for intercepting any Black Shadows on or around the Irish sea
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Old 05 April 2012, 06:32   #5
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Now that would be great for intercepting any Black Shadows on or around the Irish sea
Fear not - the Irish Sea is safe

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Old 05 April 2012, 07:51   #6
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isnt there one of these for sale on ebay?
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what a rare boat. Looks great. Glad to see willk is on black shadow watch. Those critters are breeding and need a cull.

If 65k, what have they been bought/sold at? whilst a great boat, you wouldn't want to pay that much.
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Apparently the MOD ordered 6 of them (at 65K each!!!!!!!) and then after receiving the first 3 decided they were not big enough for what they wanted so just moth balled the next 3 and then sold them.
Great looking RIB.

Gotta love the MOD and their track-record on capital expenditure and project management. That's a bit like me convincing my wife that we sell both our cars and instead purchase a people carrier with every factory-fitted option we can think of... drive it for the weekend, then decide that it's actually too big for what we want and sell it, losing thousands in the process.
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Fear not - the Irish Sea is safe

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I'm sure that there will be a patrol or two on interceptor duties around Scottish waters late August too
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Hi This has come from a good source
The reason the MOD bought into this inboard boat was to replace the 5.4 models with petrol motors in them as they are banning petrol on board ships soon.

The trouble with them as I am told is when you load them up with say 8 people they are almost underwater !

The little 5.4 was not really designed for inboard motor + potentially 8 matlows....

I think someone in Avon hit the wrong keys on the displacement calculations computer box....
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