Well, got my new RIB today
Absolutely thrilled with it!
Got a BRIG F400S with a 40HP E-Tec on the back, took it out for a play earlier - really impressed. The E-Tec is fantastic, really quiet but also really punchy. It's pretty heavy too though!! When I'm winching onto the trailer I have to hold it down at the front to stop it tipping
(prob should explain that due to my slip being ex-naval it's a shallow gradient and I need to go about 7m from the shoreline to get enough water to launch hence it's not connected to the towbar!).
Got two problems though.... I have a Lowrance 332C chartplotter and an ICOM M421 VHF to get on there and the console is pretty small... I think I'm just going to mount the VHF vertically on the left hand side of the console, I'm assuming that the ICOM plastic bracket will be strong enough foir that?? I'll put penny washers on the other side to avoid stressing the 'glass.
The chart plotter is another issue though.... I decided to remove the compass which was supplied (I didn't ask for it, was an ex-demo boat) as it's slap bang in the middle of the top section of the console, I was just going to fill in the holes from the 3 screws with Gel Coat filler, however I removed it to discover a huge (like 100mm diameter) hole in the top of the console as it had a recessed part
So.... thinking of covering the whole console top with a piece of white plastic (like UPVC, the stuff they use for double glazing) and mounting the plotter on top of that so that it looks nice - good idea or is there a better one?
Anybody know where I can buy a sheel of plastic like that?? Will just need a wee bit.