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Old 28 June 2010, 07:41   #1
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Please help with Ribcraft spec on new order.

After reading this form for alsmost a year now (as a guest). I was not a member because I have no RIB myself yet and didn't have any suitabale contributions to topic's.
I want to ask fellow users to help determine the final spec for a new Ribcraft 6.4 or 4.8m.

Boat is used as work boat (mainly) but should be suitable for family and instructor boat for sailboats as well.

The below spec was offered based on my requests so far. I asked for a Yamaha 150, but as Ribcraft is ussing Suzuki's more often they offered this engine instead.

What other options should I need?

Ribcraft 6.4 or 6.8m Basic Boat including the following items
- Commercial Specification Hypalon inflation tubes with colour choice
- External tube looped lifelines, with 'D' ring tube patches (Grey or Black)
- 'D' section rubbing strake fendering. Available in Grey or Black.
- Anti-Slip decking finish in either Grey or Black
- Upholstery Colour: Note Std Colours, "Black", "Grey with Black Piping", or "Bluewith Grey Piping"
- Under deck trunking system for all cables.
- Aft deck water collection sump
- Elephant trunk style deck drainers 4" minimum
- Stainless steel bow winch eye strong point and transom mounted towing eyes.
- Whale Supersub Smart 650 automatic bilge pump wired to console, includes skinfitting, hose and carling switch. ISO15083
- Foot pump and emergency tube repair kit
- Anchor locker, hatch and deck tie off cleat

Console and Seating
Offshore console complete with front seat, stowage locker, upholstery, access hatch, passenger
stainless steel grab rail and spray windscreen including stainless wrap round steel grab rail 2 One person jockey seat with hinged seat, stainless steel backrest with bolster and seat securing latch.
2 Two person jockey seat with hinged seat, stainless steel backrest with bolster and seat securing latch.
4 Wing side supports for one man jockey seats
1 40 gallon (180 litre) Fuel Systems approx stainless steel under deck fuel tank with water separating fuel filter, console recess filler, Perko filler with integrated breather, emergency shut of valve, electronic fuel sender and fuel gauge. ISO 21487
1 A' Frame Heavy duty stainless steel double 'A' Frame manufactured from 2" tubing. Mounted to transom. High tow point included for water-skiing.

Tube Accessories
7 Over Pressure Release Valves, One per chamber
1 Reinforced tubes at bow, 200mm above 'D' section at the bow section and incorporating rubber roller fairlead for retaining anchor line.
1 Upgrade of the standard 1300 gsm Orca 828 Hypalon to 1500 gsm Orca 866 Hypalon.
4 Rubber grab handles bonded to tube.
4 Wear patches bonded to tube

Steering System
1 Single engine "Seastar" outboard hydraulic steering system including helm pump, engine ram, all hoses and all installation costs (For single engines up to 225hp)

Electrical and Instruments
1 Series 25 Navigation lights wired to console with carling switch, Port, Starboard and all-round white. (The all around white can be individually illuminated via the two position switch).
1 Ribcraft six way electrical distribution box with battery isolator bus bar and fuse board (Required
for electrical & electronic installations).
1 A Frame mounted spot light for deck illumination.

Miscellaneous
1 Stainless steel engine bolt lock fitted (Usually and insurance requirement)
1 2 litre foam fire extinguisher housed in console GRP recess.
1 Keelguard running full length of the hull
1 Stainless steel lifting points, Four point (for use if you are lifting the boat via crane or davit)
1 Boarding ladder mounted to transom.
Fitting and Installation of Outboard (Single Engine, Double Console)
1 Outfitting and Installation of Outboard Motor including the supply of battery, battery cables, battery housing, control cables, ISO 7840 fuel line and all other small parts

1 SUZUKI DF175 TX EFI four stroke outboard motor Including propeller, tachometer and remote control box (power trim and extra long shaft).

Thanks,

Q.
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Old 28 June 2010, 08:09   #2
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Go to max design HP what ever you do. Look into an Etec rather than a lazy Suzy.
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Old 28 June 2010, 11:12   #3
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Nothing lazy about the 175!

Spec looks good, won't be cheap but it will be a god boat the 150 Suzi is same block so same weight.
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Old 28 June 2010, 12:03   #4
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I have a Ribcraft 6.8 with a 225 ETec. Although I need a smaller propellor the boat will still do 47kts WOT and will cruise at 39/40kts all day. The fuel consumption is 1.5 litres per nautical mile seemingly at any speed. This will improve with the right propellor, obviously. Actually, I am thinking of getting the boat converted to a jet drive when funds allow.
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Old 28 June 2010, 12:22   #5
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Actually, I am thinking of getting the boat converted to a jet drive when funds allow.
Never mind the jet Ribcraft, the way things are headed, you'll end up wiv an 'Ovvercraft so you can penetrate the shallowest waterways of la belle France and pull donuts in the carpark at Carrefour
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Old 28 June 2010, 13:18   #6
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Nothing lazy about the 175!
Ever tried anything other than 175 Suzy?
An RC 6.4, or moreso a 6.8, ain't gonna be too exciting with a DF175 on the back.
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Old 28 June 2010, 13:25   #7
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An RC 6.4, or moreso a 6.8, ain't gonna be too exciting with a DF175 on the back.
I was in the company of an RC6.5/DF175 on Saturday. The owner seemed quite excited at times - don't know whether that was down to the DF175 though.
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Old 28 June 2010, 14:46   #8
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Never mind the jet Ribcraft, the way things are headed, you'll end up wiv an 'Ovvercraft so you can penetrate the shallowest waterways of la belle France and pull donuts in the carpark at Carrefour
I'm seriously considering a hovercraft after visiting this site: www.hovpod.com
They can do 45mph, they're far more economical than a rib, they can operate in anything up to a F4, they can be launched from a trailer and even the most expensive model "only" cost 21,000.
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Firstly, hello TopQ & welcome!

Jumping back to the original question, my only observation is your choice of "D" rubbing strake - You say it's mainly as a work boat - what kind of work, as I have D strakes on mine (a hangover from it's days in the North Sea), which are brilliant alongside vertical steel stuff and wooden pier legs, but are a pain in the @rse in marinas as they catch on the pontoon - either under it whan you step off or on the deck of it as you step on board.

Having said that, it being a bigger boat, you may find they sit above the pontoon at all times.

Also as another observation, if it's a work boat you are still allowed a new "proper" 2- stroke. Not sure how your planned leisure use would affect that tho'.
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Old 29 June 2010, 08:22   #10
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Firstly, hello TopQ & welcome!

Jumping back to the original question, my only observation is your choice of "D" rubbing strake - You say it's mainly as a work boat - what kind of work, as I have D strakes on mine (a hangover from it's days in the North Sea), which are brilliant alongside vertical steel stuff and wooden pier legs, but are a pain in the @rse in marinas as they catch on the pontoon - either under it whan you step off or on the deck of it as you step on board.

Having said that, it being a bigger boat, you may find they sit above the pontoon at all times.

Also as another observation, if it's a work boat you are still allowed a new "proper" 2- stroke. Not sure how your planned leisure use would affect that tho'.
Hi

We make steel structures. At the moment we are building a bridge. This bridge runs trough the water whit its belly (just lilke a pontoon). We will tow it as a pontoon to its final destination (Rib is for guidience not for towing ).

Most remarks (direct in this topic or PM's) seems the engine!
Is the Suzzy that tame?

Other options to consider (came from PM's as well):
- Upgraded hatch in the front of the console to a lewmar hatch;
- Twin batteries setup;
- An extra cleat at the bow just in front of the anchor locker for mooring etc.
- Make a deal in electrics (Plotter VHF);
- Handle position to higher up the console .
- Waterproof canisters on the a frame not a bad safety feature for flares, spare vhf etc.

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