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Old 04 December 2005, 08:52   #31
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Talking of mass produced and fibreglass....

A mate of mine bought an Avondale Argente snailhome about a year ago. Top of the range and the biggest they do. Avondale have been making caravans for long enough to know what they are doing.

It wasn't long after he bought it that he noticed nasty cracks at the front and back - around the moulded in handles. These handles hadn't even been used to shift the van around with. When he complained they got him to take the caravan away to an independent repair centre where they have changed the complete front and back ends!!! Apparently it is quite a common problem and has been on other vans of theirs in the past!!!

Surely the company would have realised by now that a few extra layers of rovings or mat in the area concerned would save them a fortune in the long run? Obviously not!!!
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Old 04 December 2005, 09:40   #32
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Mollulnan, you might want to have a read of this:

http://www.yachtsurvey.com/Fiberglass_Boats.htm

"One good example is a Sea Ray where the hull side had ONE layer of woven roving, two thin layers of chopped strand mat, and all the rest of the laminate was some kind of brittle putty".

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That article is certainly an eye opener. I couldn't imagine spending the kind of money that some of these RIBs fetch without acually touring the plant to see exactly how the boat I am about to order is fabricated.

If the plant were within a reasonable driving distance I sould also put a stipulation in the contract that I could regularly stop in at the plant to check on it's progressive production. Many of the boats cost as much or more than houses, and it's pretty much a given that if someone were having a house built for them that they would regulary stop by the construction site to monitor the progress.
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Old 04 December 2005, 12:39   #33
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That article is certainly an eye opener. I couldn't imagine spending the kind of money that some of these RIBs fetch without acually touring the plant to see exactly how the boat I am about to order is fabricated.

If the plant were within a reasonable driving distance I sould also put a stipulation in the contract that I could regularly stop in at the plant to check on it's progressive production. Many of the boats cost as much or more than houses, and it's pretty much a given that if someone were having a house built for them that they would regulary stop by the construction site to monitor the progress.
Interesting idea... go and buy a Merc or any other "high end"car.. then ask if you can drop by the plant to see it being made...
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Interesting idea... go and buy a Merc or any other "high end"car.. then ask if you can drop by the plant to see it being made...
Funnily enough, they (Mercedes-Benz) invite you to do exactly that!
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Aston Martin too!

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Ok, backa few pages...which manufacturer used to use chipboard transoms then?! Scary!
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Old 05 December 2005, 03:13   #37
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Funnily enough, they (Mercedes-Benz) invite you to do exactly that!

Wonder, why they didn't invite me...
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Ok, backa few pages...which manufacturer used to use chipboard transoms then?! Scary!
If I said that this was a UK rib manufacturer would that make a good rumour?

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It can only be personal!
Yeah... probably... maybe the same reason a local boat builder (Hard boats and no-one on here.!!) won't welcome me back... well he did ask what I thought of his set up..... I think I was supposed to admire the elegant furniture in his craft and not lift all the hatches and poke around in the internal spaces...ho-hum...
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