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Old 27 October 2007, 18:52   #1
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New RIB owner

Hello, I have just become a proud owner of my first RIB. OK well a Ceasar Thundercat which I know is not stated really as a RIB, having said this, she handles fantastic, so thought i should join on here.

I bought her from Tom Montgomery-Swan, who sold me a number of different boats in Guernsey.To prove to be that she could be used for different things, he brought her across by sea from Weymouth!! A mixure of the boats fantastic sea-worthyness and also Toms service helped me make my mind up.(often taken me out on Sundays for demo's, when I know it wasnt often the best time for him, meeting for lunch and explaining what was best) Highly suggest anyone who needs help in boating advice go to Tom, lovely guy and gives honest good help.

Regards the boat, she is a couple of years old, Red and very fast, Tom showed me how to drive her in the condoor's wake, WOW. She just flies, no jet ski is like that. Its been all set-up for myself and is really easy to drive.
Love Ceasar's build quality, I had fitted some extra padding and now is great.

All in all, boat is great and lots of fun, even the wife has given the nod. Thanks to Tom and the bank manager for showing a blind eye.

If any one else has any tips on these boats let me know.

Regards

Craig
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Old 28 October 2007, 03:54   #2
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congrats on you purchase...!
I'm sure you will have more than your share of fun in our waters.
Hope to see you out there sometime,
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Old 29 October 2007, 00:56   #3
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Back to the subject of thundercats.

I went on a sea trial (in this case river trial) on a Sovereign thundercat yesterday and my god was it quick. It had the usual 50hp on the back.

I sat in the front of the thundercat with the broker steering, his advice to me as it was very windy was to stay forward when going into wind and get as much weight to the rear when we were running with the wind.

Also said you may want to put your feet in the foot straps and hold on tight.

Off we went, i thought the accelleration of my last rib was quick (7.5m tornado with twin 130s), this totally blew that away. The G's going round the corners was also phenominal.

Really considering buying one now and having heard people blasting around Guernsey etc, i am sure i could have fun here in Perth.

The only way i can really describe a Thundercat is like it is on rails, you move the tiller and you change direction.

Congrats with your purchase, i may be following suit.
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Old 29 October 2007, 02:29   #4
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Bored at work so though i would explain why these things are so quick and stable which i found out this weekend.

The boats itself weighs approx 80-85 kg
A 50hp engine weighs approx 80-85 kg.

Therefore you have 50hp pushing 170kg along the water plus crew members.

Also the tunnel of the cat gives the thing lift so that only the prop is really in the water.

They are also about a wide as they are long so are very difficult to capsize
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Old 29 October 2007, 02:54   #5
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Mark,

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Old 29 October 2007, 05:38   #6
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Well, If you are thinking about buying a cat for the Channel Islands, Toms your man. His number is 07912342099. Had a great weekend on mine, around Cobo bay etc. Really had a lovely times with my boys.

Plan to go over to Sark maybe this week, for a beer. Play in the Tridants wake
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Old 01 November 2007, 09:01   #7
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Thank you Craig for your post here. Im so glad that you are enjoying your Thundercat, any questions feel free to call. Love to you and family. Will be coming over in the Ribeye very soon for sure, so will meet up for a beer when we do. Until then, happy boating and glad to get you out on water.
Next time I have a cat over there, will race you to sark and back...loser has to buy the round.

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Old 05 November 2007, 19:02   #8
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.... Will be coming over in the Ribeye very soon for sure......
Looks like you got over there VERY SOON and met up with your old pal Craig:

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Looks like you got over there VERY SOON and met up with your old pal Craig:

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?p=225377#post225377





Yes I was over-but not in the Ribeye 1050 which some people wanted me to take over. I had gone by Condoor as one of my previous customers Bill Thompson had an unexpected problem with his set up and at the same time brought back a boat to the UK on my return.

Craig is a long standing customer who we proudly have looked after for all his Ribbing needs. We have become good friends and to save me paying to stay somewhere he lets me stay at his. Is there anything wrong with this. Have a good day.
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Heck, the way you were wishing dear old Craig and his family all your love and best wishes, I thought you were the other side of the world, not in the next room.


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Top bloke - wish I had something to sell him

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Nothing at all.

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Thank you very much - you too




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