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Old 06 March 2006, 14:28   #21
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Whiteshoes, that is at the back of my mind - I'm planning a trip to the UK in probably July some time (no dates set yet) so I could have a look at a few while there and see what is what. It's most likely I'll be based in Worthing on the south coast, where is the nearest place to there that one could find a good selection of used stuff to look for?? Dad bought a sailing dinghy a couple of years ago and got that from some place down in Southampton but closer than that would be better.

Trouble is we have been having a lot of fine weather and October or November when it would arrive here seems like a long way off!!!
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Old 07 March 2006, 04:23   #22
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If you made the trip in May you could visit Ribex in Cowes. You will have a load of RIBs to look at in one place. They will be new, but it will give you an idea of who makes what, and would help with choosing second hand.

http://www.ribexhibitions.co.uk/

I spent 6 weeks at MPA a few years ago (civilian) in July/August and from what I saw, I would prefer to have the extra bouyancy of a rib in your sea conditions, should anything go wrong.

As a matter of interest, is the pub just up from the front on the right (Victory?) still flogging Zippos with mirrored maps, or do I have the only dodgy one?
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Old 07 March 2006, 06:38   #23
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Whiteshoes, that is at the back of my mind - I'm planning a trip to the UK in probably July some time (no dates set yet) so I could have a look at a few while there and see what is what. It's most likely I'll be based in Worthing on the south coast, where is the nearest place to there that one could find a good selection of used stuff to look for?? Dad bought a sailing dinghy a couple of years ago and got that from some place down in Southampton but closer than that would be better.

Trouble is we have been having a lot of fine weather and October or November when it would arrive here seems like a long way off!!!

Take a look at www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk a selection of used RIBS all over the U.K, and as Mark says you could visit RIBEX.

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Old 07 March 2006, 08:31   #24
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Stephen,
it was indeed Dave Mallett at Wavelength Training who did some work in the Falklands. I did my vhf course with him, and he certainly knows his stuff!
You could PM him or try www.wavelengthtraining.co.uk

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Old 07 March 2006, 10:10   #25
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Unfortunately May is out - late June or July are the possibilities, a shame as that would be ideal to go to as you say.

Mark - no idea! I didn't know they sold dodgy ones! The Vic is still there though

I'll PM wavelength later on

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Hi Stephen,, remember ,, early july is also 7S event with the lr4x4 !!
you are always welcome for a run out in Torbay on mine !!
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Old 07 March 2006, 19:19   #27
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ok here are some pictures of the Blue Chip taken this evening:









so what is the verdict please, is it a Winner Wildcat from 70s/80s or something else....?

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looks a dodgy boat to me id stick with a rib

no realy nice boat if thats what you want but i think you need to think hard what you do want there is a big gap between a rib and that
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Yes it's a Winner Wildcat-though I don't recall ever seeing one with an outboard. The only ones I've seen are sterndrive. Might be worth checking if it's been converted.
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Yeah looking at it again since I posted the photos you can see the similarity in the kicked up seam at the stern with some of the ones in adverts linked to earlier, so I'm sure you're right.

If it is a "conversion" it's a good job, you wouldn't know to look at it, looks like it was designed to be an outboard so whoever did it seemed to know what they were doing. Having said that, is a conversion something to be wary of? it doesn't look like there has ever been an inboard engine, no fittings left over inside that I noticed.

Still gotta go see the RIB so no decisions yet. In a way the presence of a roof is a good thing because it'll probably get a lot more use on cooler days, the sea temps here are pretty cold and its a chilly business on a boat at speed! But on nice days you'd wish you didn't have a roof. Kind of like a car I guess.....
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