Hi all, i just got my new rib
. Thanks to all on here for all the tips, input and ideas that you all took the time to post in answer to my questions.
I bought the hull some months ago from Tim M , it's a 1999 585 that was ex EA , Tim removed the engines and repaired the transom and then removed the console which i did not want and kindly delivered it to me in Devon. Next up I took a trip to the Ribeye factory in Dartmouth where Danny and the gang took loads of time to help me dig though their treasure trove store to get a new double console and 2 double jockeys at their excellent sale prices. Then the hunt for a motor , after lots of research and looking i went for a lightly used 115 4S Mariner from Wolf Rock Boat Co in Salcombe , after a bit of a chat they agreed to fit out the boat as well as fit the motor for what i think was a really fair price. Tony at Wolf Rock did the fit out which was :- remove some nasty treadmaster to seat the console and seats, fit a new 100l tank in the console along with filler , breather guages etc, twin batteries with full switching, fuel and trim and rev guages, fit lighting and sounder / plotter and fit engine and controls. fit new seats and console, engine locks and new Baystar stearing, a new drain through the transom and an auto bilge pump. The console was pushed about 6 inches forward with the tank and batteries at the front in an effort to balance the 175kgs of Mariner.
I tested the boat in Salcombe on Monday and I'm really pleased. The fit out is really nicely done and everything feels very solid. The boat handles fantastically , we got 42kts 3 up with full tank in a fairly choppy sea before i backed off, no slam or creaks after a bit of air and corners like it's on rails !
Tried some tight turns over waves at various speeds and suprised at the grip and lack of cavitation. The balance is perfect , i was worried about the bow riding too high at lower speeds but the console and tank forward seem to have done the job.
All in all I'm really chuffed and all the more because the process of buying and building was made simple by everyone involved doing exactly what they said they would in the time they said it would take. So a huge thanks to TIM M , Ribeye and Wolf Rock and of course all the Ribnetters who so freely gave advice.
Pics to follow.