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Old 27 April 2015, 17:03   #1
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Pulling Cable below deck...short sighted builders

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...
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Old 27 April 2015, 17:28   #2
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...........a big pipe which runs underneath.......BUT! The size of the pipe is so small,...........
Sooo! is that a really big small pipe, or a small big pipe? AFAIK the Ribcraft is 4" which is about as big as will fit under the deck, I've had a couple of RC's & will soon be on my 3rd, & I've never had problems pulling cables through ( & believe me, I have a lot of "stuff" at the back end)
Use plenty of lube & be gentle If you are having a boat built from new, they will always fit a 2nd duct if you ask.
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Old 27 April 2015, 18:03   #3
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Ditto. Never had a problem with the under deck cable on the Ribcraft either.

You must be caught on something. Are you using a mouse line or just shoving it under the deck and hoping it appears in the console?

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Old 27 April 2015, 18:35   #4
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I think there's another member on here that's had exactly the same boats as you, London_Rib. Might be worth asking him if he's had the same issues.

I think his ID was Vandad.

Might just be a funny echo in my head though.
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Old 27 April 2015, 18:51   #5
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i can't comment on the ribeye but my RC has a single 3-4" dia truck under deck, plenty of room in it. i'm sure the wires are all tangled in there which may explain why things are difficult sometimes.

IMO a bigger issue is water always gets in them, i'm currently contemplating how to dry mine out before sealing it with non stick tape.

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IMO a bigger issue is water always gets in them, i'm currently contemplating how to dry mine out before sealing it with non stick tape.

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Don't. You'll never dry it out properly. if it's done properly it's probably even got drain holes in it, so you'll never manage to seal it either. All you'll do is create a damp , stagnant area under your deck that's far more likely to cause you issues than it is if air can flow through it.
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Don't. You'll never dry it out properly. if it's done properly it's probably even got drain holes in it, so you'll never manage to seal it either. All you'll do is create a damp , stagnant area under your deck that's far more likely to cause you issues than it is if air can flow through it.
I don't think the RC ones have drain holes in them, but I'll ask.
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Dont laugh but for tight spots like this KY jelly works well without any fear of damage to the plastic/ rubber componants

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Dont laugh but for tight spots like this KY jelly works well without any fear of damage to the plastic/ rubber componants

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