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Old 07 September 2009, 11:34   #41
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Trouble is that Chris is worried it may be quicker than his relic!!: i would imagine that he has ordered a faster prop and engine re -bore!

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Old 07 September 2009, 13:26   #42
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You may be faster but i bet you missus will still want to ride with me
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Old 07 September 2009, 13:35   #43
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dah, clucking bell you got me there!! she loves going on your boat, she says your all soft and squidgy.anyway if the waves are more than 1 inch she aint coming!!

you got that candid camera thing working??
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Old 08 September 2009, 03:14   #44
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Old 09 September 2009, 12:26   #45
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Ribcaft 5 Mtr new build pictures

As promised some new build pics!!

Called in to Ribcrafts new Research and Development factory in Yeovil today to see the Gelcoat going into the mould. Blimey, talk about spotless !!!! Hull looks superb!!

I'm going to post the new build pics as comprehensively as i can mainly because I've had alot of e mails wanting to see the build process as I have done before and also I guess it will be of interest to many of you how a Rib is made from start to finish. Just as well I'm working near Yeovil at the moment, as once the Hull has been formed its quite a quick process through the stages. yeeeha

I was having a sneaky look at other stuff in there and quite obviously a shit load of money has gone into other methods of Construction, mainly associated mouldings and in the not so distant future the hulls themselves.
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Old 09 September 2009, 12:36   #46
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wow, that's some facility!
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Old 09 September 2009, 12:44   #47
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Ribcraft new 5 Mtr Build

Anyway the new system that is up and running in the new R&D centre is called RTM Light closed moulding (stands for Resin Transfer Moulding)

Whilst I was there, they were making a single jockey seat, normally this takes many hours of labour to construct manually as it would have been rolled by hand the normal labour intensive traditional way.

Basically with this new system, the fibre glass weave is placed in to a Vat type thing (picture 1 ,2 and 3) and under a vacuum presssure (blue machine) the resin, which is pre heated with a 2% mixture of Catalist ,together is forced and bled down the side of the seat moulding to make a seat base.

Takes 1 hour to set the machine up to the completed moulding of the seat, I would imagine that saves 3 hours or more labour per unit which would ensure a faster build for your new Rib.

Using the RTM Closed system they acheive a total 100% coverage at exactly the same thickness they want. If you want the seat base to be thicker in some parts and not other, it can be easily done, any extra waste goes into a catchpot through a hole shown at the bottom.

Last picture is my new hull...... Yeeeeha
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Neil, Hope your be out for some winter cruising again??
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Old 10 September 2009, 16:01   #49
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Neil, Hope your be out for some winter cruising again??
yep, whenever I'm back and the weathers not horrendous
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Matt - Was out of Lyme today with full fuel, 3 adults and gear. Cruises at 23knots at around 3800rpm. Still taking it easy with the engine but did couple of runs up to 6000rpm and got 37knots. Felt like it wanted to keep going. Got a 19" pitch prop. Don't know anything about them, reckon I should try a steeper pitch?
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