Motor Boats Monthly. Irresponsible??
I have just read, reread, and read again an article in the June 2007 edition of Motor Boats Monthly and I am less than impressed. The article is on page 27 and is about a Ribquest 6.3m on a long term test.
The article states that the magazine took delivery of the rib two days before a shakedown cruise of 80nm accross the English Channel and to quote MBM 'accross some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world'.
Again to quote: As it turned out, we needn't have worried.....
Well it worries me and it clearly worried them, that a journal would even suggest that a shakedown cruise of 80 nm accross the channel would be appropriate to anyone with a two day old boat, let alone to the writers of a magazine which could be read by many inexperienced people who might think it is OK to set off accross the channel with a new boat and outboard! I wouldn't dream of it. Maybe I am cautious, but so many items shake lose, break, disconnect etc over the first few hours of use! In fact, again, to quote: 'the radio and passenger grab handle were items that needed regular retightening after every long trip!
Anothe issue seems to be a leaking fuel tank. The magazines solution was to 'not fill the tank'. What happens in a force seven???
Am I being picky? I don't think so. Someone out there has a second hand rib with an internal fuel leak!
Again, to quote the magazine: And on a petrol boat, leaking fuel is to be avoided like a sneeze in a crash helmet.
I would love to hear what other ribbers think of this article!