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Old 26 January 2008, 13:03   #1
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Is this worth looking at -PACIFIC 11 GPR

Whilst looking in the advert section of the rib internation mag, i found this

PACIFIC 11 GPR, 215H.P. Turbo Diesel (2), sealed cabin, self righting, single lifting catch, A frame, navigation light, 3 radios, bilge pump,

I have been after a cabin rib and this could be a potential option. I know nothing about these boats and it would suggest that this had a commercial life, so would be grateful if people could provide advise please.
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Old 26 January 2008, 14:18   #2
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Hi,I cant speak from experience other than i have a standard one not ever been on the water yet in one but am told they are the landrover of the sea.For me its the ultimate rib as its sea handle fantastic along side its economy.I have so far found out that parts can be expensive especially the Yamah engine.If this one has been well maintained depending on the price(what is it)I would definately consider it if i wanted a cabin rib.The standard forces one cost new over 100,00
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Old 26 January 2008, 14:21   #3
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Old 26 January 2008, 14:27   #4
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Whilst looking in the advert section of the rib internation mag, i found this

PACIFIC 11 GPR, 215H.P. Turbo Diesel (2), sealed cabin, self righting, single lifting catch, A frame, navigation light, 3 radios, bilge pump,

I have been after a cabin rib and this could be a potential option. I know nothing about these boats and it would suggest that this had a commercial life, so would be grateful if people could provide advise please.
Jimbob, this boat has been on Boats and Outboards for a long time. And reduced in price. I can't help with the specific history of this one - but I think it is the same as used by the belgian lifeboat service. http://users.pandora.be/urbiehome/Lifeboat.html (under the name pacific 36)

If it is the same it has shaft drives and rudder rahter than outdrives more commonly found on ribs - not sure what influence that has on the handling you would typically expect from a rib?

There are a lot less Pacific 11's/36s around than 22's -- so parts and expertise may not be as easy to get.
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Old 26 January 2008, 16:08   #5
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We used to dive out of Portland from one of these. Problem was for a dive boat there was prescous little room despite her length. With the engines against the stern getting in and out with dive dive was a bit of larf. Dekit onto the bathing platform then lift everything over the top of the engine box, hoping you don't loose anything. There was also a problem of fumes, a real problem. At planning speeds the fumes from the diesels would come back on board and smoke out the whole of the rear deck. Cabin space was limited and there is a small area up in the bow for 6 peeps to sit on the tubes.

The owner Del Connolly was quite assute and sold her just as she started to show her age. The next owers also had problems making her pay as a dive boat and sold up. The next owner changed the layout building a new cabin in the bow which did make a difference to the amount of space available.

These are 5 tonne boats, not particularly fast but heavily built. Toobs are huge, probably 26-28" with secondary bags inside. Its a long way down to the water from the top of the toobs. I think the running costs will be high for pleasure use and not sure if it would pay in a commerical role.

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Thanks for the input, Polwart looking at the site you sent me, i was wondering from the picture if the tubes when right round the boat.


I presume the Pacific 11,,,means 11 meter long
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Thanks for the input, Polwart looking at the site you sent me, i was wondering from the picture if the tubes when right round the boat.


I presume the Pacific 11,,,means 11 meter long
Yes I believe the tubes do go all round, and yes its 11m long.

What size of cabin rib are you looking for? and do you want to sleep on it or just keep dry when it rains (i.e. wheelhouse or berths or both). I looked at a a Pac22 which had a wheelhouse fitted about a year ago. unfortunately funds wouldn't allow at the time - but it convinced me it was possible. Getting a Pac22 and adding someform of wheelhouse is on my serious options list at the moment. I wonder if Garf has a spare tractor cab?
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Old 27 January 2008, 06:36   #8
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Maybe coming in at five tons dont rush out and buy it .I would be very interested on any info conserning a decent cabin where to look and things to consider as i have plans for the bare hull with tired tubes next year once i,m on the water with Shockwave.Whatever i do will have to end up being of a very good standard and add to the boat rather than de value it
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Peter,

I will try to find the pictures I had of the wheelhouse on the Pac I looked at last year. IIRC it was removable (some chunky bolts) so you could reinstate the boat to its "original" state easily enough. I wonder if there are enough people interested here to justify getting a tool designed/built to make a series of pacific 22 cabins?

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Hi Polwart

I will try and answer you question as i am not sure.

I would like a cabin rib that we could berth on properly, not just go to the toilet. However we also like the idea of a cabin to keep us dry (e.g no berthing), if that was the case we would plan our journey and stop in B+Bs. So i am quite flexible.

I like the idea of getting an ex RNLI rib and either converting or just leaving as it is, i want a good workhorse.

Price has also to be a consideration, e.g a Scorpion cabin rib will probably be too expensive.

So basically i am looking what i can get, happy to spend some money on conversion

I think at 5 tons its a bit over the top
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