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Old 17 May 2008, 19:08   #41
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what is the hight.

what is the hight of the seats? I have to look at a hight of probably 2' to 2 1/2'. I'm just over 6'2 and about 250lbs. Your layout is great for my needs the only difference is I want to get part of my gas tank under the back seat so I can lift the motor for trailering.
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Old 18 May 2008, 15:55   #42
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seating

hi dverstege the fuel tank is going to be set into the plywood over the drian section of the rear floor as in the photo s i have a 6 gall tank and it fits in superb and the engine goes on to tilt o/k the seat height is about 12 in high and i am 6ft 1in and the seats seem to be the right height for the boat as you will see from the pics the engine tilts o/k with the tank set into the rear compartment floor i am just in the prosess of desighning a seat back that will fit on the back of the seat whilst driving and to be put on the front of the seat whilst fishing i will send pics as soon as i decide what size i need the radio is going in to morrow and the engine started up to check the electrics and gear shifting is o/k the cushens will be ready for the weekend and the backs made cheers nobby
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Old 24 May 2008, 08:23   #43
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This is the week.

The Metzeler is finally getting out of itís winter resting place. The hibernation is finally over. Hoping to get it out on the water by Sun, needs to get the cob webs out of it today and tweak it. Iím interested to see how your boat handles with you so close up front. If it handles the waves good then maybe my wife wonít be so eager to sell it. Personally I love this little thing, easy to tow, takes a small 20hp and makes you feel your in a race boat, the build quality in better than Iíve seen in other ribs, and itís small so nobody else wants to go fishing with me ( silence is golden )
Happy boating.
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Old 24 May 2008, 12:49   #44
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all done

i have just started the engine after the rewire on the boat and all seems well started first clik electric choke works a treat runs well now for the water
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Old 25 May 2008, 14:56   #45
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engine tilt support

i have just made a support bracket for towing the rib and without putting the engine on full tilt as the brackets are not substancial enough it is very easy to make and i have had one on all my outboards and is very efective and secure for traveling just slides onto the tilt pin and the engine clamps hold of the new tilt pin gale force 5to7 here so no chance of a launch maybe next week ps did you get yours wet cheers nobby
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Old 25 May 2008, 15:58   #46
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great idea

I have a support arm for traveling, hooks to motor and trailer, like your set up better. I finally got mine out of the garage. Going tomorrow and pay the marina for summer storage, itís not much for I keep in on the trailer and in the locked winter storage area when not in use. Iíll get the motor ready and should be out on the lake tomorrow. I think if the changes you made help tame the boat down Iíll do the steering switch myself. My wife still wants a larger boat from the scare she got last year. For most people this would be and opportunity to buy a 16-18 footer but I like the small size for storage. I donít know how it is there but to keep a boat in the water and have winter storage here your looking at 2-3 thousand a year. To rich for my blood.
I suppose your getting antsy and canít wait for your maiden voyage
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Old 02 June 2008, 17:57   #47
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Out and About today in the rib.

I had the Metzeler on the water today. It was great did about 3-4k. The boat handled great and motor started on the 3 pull very impressed. Hadled nice tell the wave hit that magic number for me 1-1 1/2ft then slowed down a bit. Hope your first run was as good as mine. Sadly to say that this might be the last ride in it for my wife is still on my back for a begger one. I have someone looking at it Sat.
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Old 02 June 2008, 18:25   #48
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not got mine wet yet

sorry to here that you will be selling up glad you first trip went ok i have been working all weekend and i will have next weekend off hopefully i have just been geting my caravan ready for the summer i have a freind that is borrowing it next week so i have been busy getting it out of winter layup keep me in touch as to how much you get for your rib a lot i hope it is worth it because they are few and far between now regards nobby
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Old 06 June 2008, 21:50   #49
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The guy didn't show for the boat.

I get to keep the boat. The guy was a no showe. He said that he was going to come buy in couple of weeks but after having it out last time fell in love with it again and going to keep it for another year. I have to face it with gas going up all the time the little 20 is great little motor all way round. I was told that the Suzuki by are standards is about a 25 because we measure hp at the block were Suzuki measure at the prop about a 5hp gain. True or not who knows. I figure I put about 3 to 4 k's on it and only burnt 3lt. Anyways moved my steering up about 1ft not much but I did notice a better ride. I am going like you though putting it right up front but with a small jockey seat, ( ok small box with padding ) one seat behind it, going to try to have it done July.
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sorry to here that you will be selling up glad you first trip went ok i have been working all weekend and i will have next weekend off hopefully i have just been geting my caravan ready for the summer i have a freind that is borrowing it next week so i have been busy getting it out of winter layup keep me in touch as to how much you get for your rib a lot i hope it is worth it because they are few and far between now regards nobby
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