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Old 16 May 2010, 16:26   #11
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my 2 pence worth...

For what it's worth I had a hydraulic failure on our RIB today; engine went hard over throwing wife & 2 kids into the water, and 3rd kid hitting her head on the A-frame.

The connection between the hydraulic line and the ram/piston at the engine can off.

The biggest problem was being unable to steer to get to them so they could get back aboard.... not to mention that 2 of the 3 lifejacket didn't inflate! - there will be phonecalls tomorrow to the lifejacket manufacturers
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Old 16 May 2010, 17:12   #12
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For what it's worth I had a hydraulic failure on our RIB today; engine went hard over throwing wife & 2 kids into the water, and 3rd kid hitting her head on the A-frame.

The connection between the hydraulic line and the ram/piston at the engine can off.

The biggest problem was being unable to steer to get to them so they could get back aboard.... not to mention that 2 of the 3 lifejacket didn't inflate! - there will be phonecalls tomorrow to the lifejacket manufacturers
Yikes all ok I hope?

What failed - did the pipe blow out of the crimp on the end of the hose, or did the connection come unscrewed?
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Old 16 May 2010, 17:28   #13
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not to mention that 2 of the 3 lifejacket didn't inflate! - there will be phonecalls tomorrow to the lifejacket manufacturers
Scary stuff - hope all OK now. What Manufacturer and Design of LJ were they? i.e. Halkey Roberts or Hammar action?
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Hi DJ and welcome. Was it the steering bracket that snapped and if so was there a lot of corrosion?


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Scary stuff - hope all OK now. What Manufacturer and Design of LJ were they? i.e. Halkey Roberts or Hammar action?
and did the auto mechanism fail (assuming fitted) - or did even pulling the cord have no effect?
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and did the auto mechanism fail (assuming fitted) - or did even pulling the cord have no effect?
Plus, were they in date?
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Old 17 May 2010, 08:13   #17
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Apologies only getting to review thread now. Re-assessed steering over the weekend and on basis of all your replies I reckon the steering cable could at least be 2ft beyond required length. This creates an aggressive 's' bend running over aft floor for which I would assume would not the cause. The steering is perfectly manageable but I suppose I would just like some silky smoooth driving experience. (I'm am happy with my trimming technique) Might enquire as to shorter and or thinner cable and possibly hydraulic cost - if available for 60hp and under. Thanks for all replies.
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Apologies only getting to review thread now. Re-assessed steering over the weekend and on basis of all your replies I reckon the steering cable could at least be 2ft beyond required length. This creates an aggressive 's' bend running over aft floor for which I would assume would not the cause. The steering is perfectly manageable but I suppose I would just like some silky smoooth driving experience. (I'm am happy with my trimming technique) Might enquire as to shorter and or thinner cable and possibly hydraulic cost - if available for 60hp and under. Thanks for all replies.
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Old 17 May 2010, 15:31   #19
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So that I don't hijack aye_capn's thread I have started a new one here : http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?p=353004#post353004 and posted the answers to the questions that people have asked.

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