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Old 16 January 2007, 19:08   #1
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My new Ribcraft nearly complete

Well, went down to Ribcraft the other day to check on the progress of my RIB: Hull and floor done and consoles being fitted. All ahead of schedule with a completion expected in 5 weeks

Have gone for a 5.85 with 4 x Jockey seats with winged backrests, double seat at front, 140HP outboard, 180 litre underfloor fuel tank & skiing towbar.

After doing my Powerboat lvl 2 course, I am extremely keen to get back out on the water. Already considering the Aldereny push 16/17 June as there seems to be a big group going.

Roll on next month.

p.s. Use your imagination when looking at the picture (Grey and Blue tubes)

p.p.s. great forum, thanks for all the top tips; have also sorted out all my CG66, SRC, VHF licence, MMSI etc etc using the links on this site.
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Old 17 January 2007, 01:38   #2
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Well, went down to Ribcraft the other day to check on the progress of my RIB: Hull and floor done and consoles being fitted. All ahead of schedule with a completion expected in 5 weeks

Have gone for a 5.85 with 4 x Jockey seats with winged backrests, double seat at front, 140HP outboard, 180 litre underfloor fuel tank & skiing towbar.

After doing my Powerboat lvl 2 course, I am extremely keen to get back out on the water. Already considering the Aldereny push 16/17 June as there seems to be a big group going.

Roll on next month.

p.s. Use your imagination when looking at the picture (Grey and Blue tubes)

p.p.s. great forum, thanks for all the top tips; have also sorted out all my CG66, SRC, VHF licence, MMSI etc etc using the links on this site.
yep can just see it know

Where will you launch on the east coast

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Old 17 January 2007, 05:27   #3
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Can you tell me more about the Alderney Push? Thanks.
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Old 17 January 2007, 05:32   #4
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Can you tell me more about the Alderney Push? Thanks.

Details here:-
http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=16411
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James to answer your question: Where will you launch on the east coast?

There is a slipway on the Welland leading to the Wash or I can go up to the Hull estauary where the lifeboat launches. For weekends away I will travel a bit further north to Amble, Berwick to have access to the Farne Islands etc. Week trips down to the South Coast.


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Well, went down to Ribcraft the other day to check on the progress of my RIB: Hull and floor done and consoles being fitted. All ahead of schedule with a completion expected in 5 weeks

Have gone for a 5.85 with 4 x Jockey seats with winged backrests, double seat at front, 140HP outboard, 180 litre underfloor fuel tank & skiing towbar.

After doing my Powerboat lvl 2 course, I am extremely keen to get back out on the water. Already considering the Aldereny push 16/17 June as there seems to be a big group going.

Roll on next month.

p.s. Use your imagination when looking at the picture (Grey and Blue tubes)

p.p.s. great forum, thanks for all the top tips; have also sorted out all my CG66, SRC, VHF licence, MMSI etc etc using the links on this site.
Hi,

Its hard to see in the picture but as a fellow RIBCRAFT owner who hasn't had the luxury of seeing their boat during the build stage is the floor made of wood, it certainly looks it, and are the formers on the transom thick pieces of wood ?
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Old 17 January 2007, 16:37   #7
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Its hard to see in the picture but as a fellow RIBCRAFT owner who hasn't had the luxury of seeing their boat during the build stage is the floor made of wood, it certainly looks it, and are the formers on the transom thick pieces of wood ?
Yes the floors are plywood (hopefully marine ply), the knees, hull strengthening and the transom is as well. All encapsulated in fibreglass providing a strong and durable boat, if a little agricultural in comparison with boats with fully moulded decks etc. Though once the deck is fibreglassed and flo-coated and painted with anti-slip you'd never know.
Thus it is very important to seal any holes drilled in decks or transom to keep any moisture out; if proper marine ply is used it is fairly impervious to rot but it is also expensive and I suspect builders believe a lesser grade will do if it is to be laminated over.
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James to answer your question: Where will you launch on the east coast?

There is a slipway on the Welland leading to the Wash or I can go up to the Hull estauary where the lifeboat launches. For weekends away I will travel a bit further north to Amble, Berwick to have access to the Farne Islands etc. Week trips down to the South Coast.


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I live on the Welland but about 70 miles up river so not good to launch, normally launch out of Wells for the wash
Aldereny in June seems like a good idea but some work to do yet

Wheres the Welland slip

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I live on the Welland but about 70 miles up river so not good to launch, normally launch out of Wells for the wash
Aldereny in June seems like a good idea but some work to do yet

Wheres the Welland slip

James
James, Slipway is at Fosdyke Bridge, just a short distance from the Wash. Map and pictures enclosed. You need to get a key from the environment agency, around £4. The environment agency general number is 08708 506 506. I can't remember which dept you ask for, but just ask about the slipway.

I am not yet sure how close you need to be to high tide to launch though, as it is extremely tidal; I intend to go down one day and watch around high tide.

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Looks like the seat cushions have changed their shape !
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If i were you i'd have the plotter above the wheel where the driver can see it.

Theyre seems to be lote of consoles laid out with a "navigator" role but what when your on your own or the person in the passenger seat can't use the kit or you may not quite trust them?

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Old 19 January 2007, 06:12   #13
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Looks like the seat cushions have changed their shape !
Biggles, these are the new 'Toumer' seating style, which I preferred. They still do the standard D curved seats as well. The Toumer cushions are slightly lower than the others so I had the base seats units made slightly higher to get a better view over the front console.
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If i were you i'd have the plotter above the wheel where the driver can see it.

Theyre seems to be lote of consoles laid out with a "navigator" role but what when your on your own or the person in the passenger seat can't use the kit or you may not quite trust them?

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I went through months of debate and thoughts on where to place Plotter. I ended up on Passenger side, because, IMHO the driver should be heads out looking for reefs, rocks etc. I will always have passengers on board and, if going somewhere unfamilair, I will simply plot a course. They only have to follow the line.

As you can see from the pircture though, it is not completely to the left, but near the throttle, so can still be seen by the driver for the occasional glance.

I generated a thread on this a few months ago (not wishing to start this one off again ). All the various options have some advantages and disadvatages; personal choice I guess at the end of the day.
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