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Old 09 March 2012, 13:05   #1
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just got Ribtec 585

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.
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Old 09 March 2012, 13:13   #2
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Look forward to seeing the pics.... Any idea what she was known as in her time with the EA?
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Old 09 March 2012, 13:19   #3
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No , there were no markings other than the hull plate .
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No , there were no markings other than the hull plate .
Just curious.... If it had engine 's' then its not Vikki Jane (which I thought it may have been).....

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Old 09 March 2012, 19:14   #5
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Andy, so glad you're pleased with the final product! They're great boats. Here's a couple of photos of yours: first one when it was owed by the EA (kindly emailed to me by CJL on here who used her back then). The second is on the shoot of a forthcoming British gangster film which is what I used her for.

Hopefully see you down Salcombe way over the summer
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Old 09 March 2012, 20:11   #6
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Another one down in Salcombe!

Look forward to seeing you down there!
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Old 10 March 2012, 03:28   #7
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Same engine as mine but I'm 6 knots shy of you even on a flat day would love to see how high the leg it to the keel.
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Old 10 March 2012, 03:43   #8
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cool , i've got a film star boat !!
Thomas , re top speed , I might be wrong , the CP and speedo are out of the ark and in black and white. i just slow down when my eyes start to inflate ! lets put em side by side in the summer , drinks are on me and i know a guaranteed bass spot 10 mins from Polly Steps
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Old 10 March 2012, 03:49   #9
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Hi Tim , stop in at Teignmouth on your way to Salcombe and we'll go for a spin !
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Thomas , i'll get a pic of the leg , as you know it was a concern as the transom had been cut down to accomodate the previous twin set up . the prop is an inch or so lower under the V than others i've seen, it had to be on the lowest possible to allow tilt under the A frame but it seems to work, perhaps the balancing with the fuel and console helps to alleviate this a bit , will be interesting to try it 1 up with lower fuel , i think it may get a bit skitty at WOT
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