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Old 29 August 2010, 12:44   #1
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Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Aberdeenshire
Boat name: Sula
Make: Ribcraft 4.8m
Length: 4m +
Engine: Tohatsu 60hp + aux
MMSI: 235087213
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 3,059
New Ribcraft 4.8m Commercial

Picked it up last weekend. Ribcraft have done a great job, with fantastic attention to detail. The hull looks like it will handle the rough stuff, which was part of the reason from switching from a Zodiac Pro. Named her 'Sùlair' which is gaelic for gannet, as her second will be on the west coast.

Extras include hypalon wear patches, bow snubber, windshield and stainless steel grab rail, and six internal grab handles. Fits in the garage by the smallest of margins (sits higher on the Rapide trailer than the Pro used to on the Indespension Rollercoaster). Had to drop the jockey wheel right down and inch it in.

Planning to install navigation lights, Perko stern light, anchor locker light, Tohatsu tacho, fuel trays (x2), Plastimo compass, hand-held Garmin GPS on marine mount, dry-powder fire extinguisher, and auxilliary engine.

Engine will be a mint 2006 Tohatsu 2-stroke, 3 cylinder engine.
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Old 29 August 2010, 13:54   #2
Country: UK - Wales
Town: Cardiff
Boat name: zapcat 74
Make: gemini
Length: 4m +
Engine: tohatsu 50
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 16
Nice, ribcraft make great ribs. I use one in work, awesome!!

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Old 29 August 2010, 14:06   #3
Country: UK - England
Town: Essex
Boat name: Club Boat
Length: no boat
Engine: Yam 40hp
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 288
They are great boats, only critism on the one I teach on, (585) is the surround over the windshield gets in the way of your view of the water when driving.
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Old 29 August 2010, 14:19   #4
Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Edinburgh
Boat name: Sula / Mingulay
Make: Ribcraft 7.8/4m avon
Length: 7m +
Engine: 300 hp outboard
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 79
great looking boat spartacus and best of luck with her...thats two boats ribcraft have knocked out in the last three months called sulair..albeit we went for the non gaelic spelling.

Suits your boat better than ours frankly as our boat is black and i am yet to see a black gannet on my travels!

Shout if you are ever in the water anywhere near oban
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Old 30 August 2010, 12:21   #5
Country: UK - England
Town: Leeds
Boat name: Bam Bam
Make: Zodiac YL-380-DL
Length: 3m +
Engine: Outboard, petrol, 40
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 271
Excellent boat Spartacus. I'm saving hard for a 4.8 but need to sell my Zodiac (comedy boat) first. Hope you have plenty of fun with her. Would you let me know what she's like once you get her rigged and on the water, especially in the lumpy stuff.
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