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Old 19 April 2008, 15:57   #1
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metzeler merkant rib

i have just bought a metzeler merkant rh sports boat and would like to know the history of it if any body could help as i am rebuilding it to its former glory and hope any one can help me and if there is any spares available such as new inflatable tubes ect please can any body help or know of somebody that could give me any information on it regards barry
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Old 19 April 2008, 18:40   #2
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Hi Nobby,
These RIBs crop up from time to time - there's a thread from 2004 here: http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...hlight=markant and if you do some searching there may be some more. Good luck!
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Old 20 April 2008, 09:17   #3
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Hi Ritchard Thanks For The Reply I Will Search That Address In Depth Thanks Again Nobby
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Old 21 April 2008, 20:21   #4
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35hp fast little rib

I have a suzuki 20 and I find that fun on a boat this small. You should really move with the 35 hp. One chap I talked to on Ribnet said he put a 70hp on a metzeler? Did not hear much of him after though.
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Old 22 April 2008, 07:46   #5
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yes i think it will go well grand children will have somethink to tell their school mates regards nobby
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Old 23 April 2008, 02:08   #6
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How are you going to rebuild it.

To what point are you going to rebuild the rib? Do you have any pics of it?
I am trying to figure out the best way to get two comfortable seats in mine. My wife said unless I can get it more comfortable she's not going in it. I think it's because i hit a good size wave last year with her in it and almost lost her overboard. Kind of a two edged sword, not being mean but it's nice to get away from everyone for awhile and go fishing with no one araround.
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Old 23 April 2008, 04:32   #7
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up to now i am going to move the jockey seat cut down up to the forward seat triangle space and that will leave me the the space for 2 bench seats 1 at the rear and 1 next to the steering console the floor space is 79 in so plenty of room for them i also purchased a rear double stainless box frame that i am putting behind the rear bench reat as a back support and hand rail i will send pics as they come the ss frame cost 4 cans of lager i have got the tubes ready for painting i am spraying them and what a difference it makes spraying them arather than brush paint definatly worth the effort the paint was from poly marime Colwyn bay Wales speak to you soon barry
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Thanks for the e-mailed pics.

Thanks for the picks. I see you separated the hull. Do you have a pic of the inside bottom between the two layers. You have a great set up on your rib and I'll probably copy it. You said your going to cut to the forward seat. I was looking at installing two pedestal seats in mine but was told I would have to reinforce everything afterward.
Thanks again for the pics keep them coming they will help for ideas.
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Old 23 April 2008, 18:39   #9
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hi again no i did not split the hull it is sealed together in manifacture but i cut the jockey seat down today and positioned it in the boat and it looks great a lot of messing about but will be worth it in the end i have a good vision of what it will look like after looking at so many ribs so many combinations it is all about practicality and what you want it for i have my grand doughter staying at the week end so will have to get a move on as she wants to help me put it back together i will keep you up dated on progress cheers barry ps have you any pics of your rib regards
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Bare bones metzeler

A work in progress.
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