Originally Posted by London_RIB
As an owner of a rib, I see I have every right to complain about the manufacturer of the rib... but given it's the 2nd make of the rib which I have owned I now come to this conclusion that our two most reputable rib builders are a bit short sighted... Ribcraft and Ribeye - owned both makes (Ribcraft 7.8, and Ribeye 750) and on both ribs I needed to pull cable from console to the A-Frame.
Both manufacturers have put something like a big pipe which runs underneath the deck and even Ribcraft has passed a rope to makes it easier to pull....BUT! The size of the pipe is so small, and the outboard cables are pretty thick which means with fuel pipes and the engine, steering, and shift cable there's simply no room for passing any new cable!
I am quite disappointed by this, as it goes to show the lack of vision or even flexibility when designing the rib, and the cheapest, and easiest option; for the builder and not the consumer, has been put in place...
I have to completly agree with you, having done lots of work on fitting new stuff and replacing an A Frame on my cobra it was a right pain in the backside sorting the cables out and pulling various through. I have two right hand parts in the pipes as they come up the back of the boat and up through the console.
If wanting to pull new stuff through then try a good deal of talcolm powder along the cable you want to pull through, that does help, but if you really have limited space due to pipe size you may have to pull all out and then clean, dose of tal and redo all.
Yes I wished manufacturers would put much bigger pipes in or simple a run along the deck that you could potentially uncover.
We need a calsberg rib.