Originally Posted by codprawn
Looks wild though!!!
Originally it did
Okay this is supposition because I don't know for sure, but pull up a sand bag.......
In 1991 one of the boats in the Round Scotland Rib Race was based on a speed boat hull, with a Merc XR2 race engine and rather small tubes at the front. Infact the tubes were about 4" high at the front tapering to normal size at the stern. Complete with something like a cut down F1 fighter canopy as a windscreen and tandom seating. Needless to say with 200 hp on a 6m hull it was quick and won the dash down Loch Ness with a speed of 79mph or so.
The manufacturers winged a little about the design with small tubes so BIBOA introduced the 40% rule as a definition of a rib, ie 40% of the side area must be inflatable tube.
So is this the same boat? well the original tubes were black and manfactured by Eurocraft the same firm that did these tubes (he has the name wrong I think). It has a 50 gallon fuel tank, presumably at the stern, thats rather big for an 'oldish' 6m rib. She has had a re-tube so the hull has been around a bit. Finally I wasn't aware that Phantoms made ribs, least not then, is it a Phantom, don't know you would need JF to identify it. Possibly an interesting piece of rib history. Like the battery storeage though