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Old 29 June 2011, 16:07   #1
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New Toy!

Will be asking a fair few questions on here over the next few months....as we're about to embark on a new project!

Have been in Southampton today collecting our new RIB.....

She's an ex Met Police Halmatic Pac 26 (at least thats what the paperwork says....was a new one on me tbh).....she used to belong to forum member Dunc who ran her for wildlife trips in Penzance after she left the Met....

She is coded for 12 plus 2 with a 1996 Hull, 2006 Yanmar 440 and Castoldi Jet.....She sits pretty well on the Indespension Super Roller Coaster 10, but the 250 miles trip towing her with the Grand Cherokee was a tedious one.....

The plan is to give her a full makeover ahead of a project we've got lined up for her in January (by which time I hope to be a proficient Jet helm.... ) with a view to her giving us years of good service.....In short, the plan is (in order):

- Remove Jet unit and send off (somewhere....see previous post re recommendations....any suggestions??) for a full overhaul /recon.
- Comprehensive engine service and steam clean the bilge
- Remove Sponsons (airtight, but wear strips etc are tired) and send off to Henshaws for a refurb
- Remove all deck equipment and treat the console, engine cover, a frame etc etc to a coat of miltary grey paint (proff job...again, suggestions /experience of what products works well appreciated)
- Reupholster seats in black and make front pods removeable....
- Full rewire
- Do something with the deck....all seems sound on first inspection so poss just flowcoat....yet to decide....

Sure there will be more, but very excited at the prospect! Here are some pics from today....
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Old 29 June 2011, 16:28   #2
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Old 29 June 2011, 16:35   #3
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Cheers Nasher I love it and I'm sure will grow to love it more, but am currently feeling a bit disloyal to the Ocean...Razorbill was /is still my baby
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Cheers Nasher I love it .... but am currently feeling a bit disloyal to the Ocean...Razorbill was /is still my baby
Indeed - another rooster in the henhouse.

Best of luck with, um, it. I always think of Halmatics as "him" - dunno why...
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You're a very lucky git Dan, I don't think it's going to take much to make a nice boat out of that

Might now be worth starting a Halmatic Owners Association
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Having just bought my first rib and picked it up yesterday I know the exciting feeling - however perhaps my SR4 was a bit easier to tow!

look forward to seeing what happens as you work on it...

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Only if we can all dress up as SBS and do covert ops cruises
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Having just bought my first rib and picked it up yesterday I know the exciting feeling - however perhaps my SR4 was a bit easier to tow!

look forward to seeing what happens as you work on it...

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Cheers Alasdair....ditto! I shall mostly be spending tomorrow on my new boat pretending to drive it (with noises, but don't tell anyone)....Try it (if you haven't already )
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Old 29 June 2011, 18:19   #10
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Spotted that there last week and wondered exactly what it was.

I think you've got a few evenings work there :-)
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