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Old 21 January 2013, 03:14   #1
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New Member / New RIB Fit-out

Hi,

Have been lurking for a while and figured I should join since the new toy is on it's way.

Have finally pulled the pin and bought a RIB, main use is to take the kids for runs in the harbour to explore beaches, do some fishing, tow the kids on tubes and as a tender for our 38" yacht when we go cruising several times each year.

So it's a real multipurpose boat

As it will need to be towed behind our yacht I did not go for a really large RIB, rather a Grand Goldenline G380EF (new but older shape to the current one) and will be fitting up a new 40HP Mercury outboard.

I was lucky to be able to change the console for a larger one to allow me to install an A67 Plotter/Sonar, VHF and Fusion Stereo as I like my gadgets

Any advise on fitting out RIB's?

The new boat is basically an empty shell and I'll be doing the fit-out myself over the coming weeks. Will hang and connect the motor myself but have the dealer pre-commission / check & test before the first launch.

Cheers & look forward to learning heaps from those more experienced than myself.

Stuart
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Old 24 January 2013, 18:53   #2
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RIB home from the brokers ready for fit out.

Trailer needed some adjusting to fit the boat so that was task #1.
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Old 24 January 2013, 18:58   #3
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First evenings work of fitting out.

Mounted gauges (still waiting on the trim gauge), controls, A67 display and roughed in hole for Fusion stereo. Neighbours would have complained if I'd kept cutting so still need to cut holes for the VHF and switch panel.

Also mounted the fuel filler fitting and the VHF antenna.

Heaps more to do over the weekend.
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Old 28 January 2013, 19:24   #4
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A busy weekend.

Finished mounting all the instruments, lights, console and battery.

Test fitted the fuel tank.

Hung the motor onto the transom & fitted the speedo pickup and transducer for the sounder.

80% of the cabling, just need to connect the bilge pump and a locker light for the aft locker.
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Old 28 January 2013, 19:26   #5
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Some more pictures from the weekends work.
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Old 29 January 2013, 04:53   #6
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Looks like you're having fun. Good set of pics telling the story unfold.

Good luck
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Old 29 January 2013, 06:59   #7
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Looks like you're having fun. Good set of pics telling the story unfold.

Good luck
Thanks, it's my first powerboat fitout so learning heaps.

It's fun knowing where all the stuff runs and how it bolts together, will make trouble shooting issues later much easier.

Ran the main cables to the engine tonight and ascertained the fuel gauge won't read correctly, needs some adjustment to the sender unit. Might change the power source for the sender from ignition to constant 12v so it always reads when power is switched on.
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Old 30 January 2013, 16:42   #8
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Pretty much finished the fit out last night.

All that remains is to run some additional cable protecting plastic tubing, put another few bolts to hold the console in place and apply the boat name and rego numbers (after it's had a good wash).
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Old 30 January 2013, 17:33   #9
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Love the console. Well done, I am very jealous.
Look forward to seeing the pics of it in the water.
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Old 30 January 2013, 18:12   #10
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Love the console. Well done, I am very jealous.
Look forward to seeing the pics of it in the water.
Thanks, console was certainly the decision maker for me.

I wanted all the gadgets and in the 3.8 - 4m range of RIB's there was nothing that would allow me to flush mount the toys. The dealer here was happy enough to swap the standard console with the one I got from a larger boat in the range, fits everything and looks great while still leaving room to move around the boat.

Just need to get a trim gauge at some stage, will mean I'll need to move the hour meter from the dash but that's not a big issue IMHO.

Assuming all goes well with the outboard commissioning Saturday morning by the Outboard guy's the RIB will have it's virgin splash down Saturday afternoon
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