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Old 12 October 2010, 14:50   #11
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thanks Keiron

HMS said he remembered the boat - a good boat but very wet !
Can you remember what you fitted in the console originally?
There is a cut out for a VHF - its ICOM 505 size, and apart from engine gauges, there is also a what looks like a larger rectangular cut out thats been blanked over - did you fit a plotter?
Do you remember what the capacity of the tank was that you fitted?
Anything you can remember would be good.

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Old 13 October 2010, 05:28   #12
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This is going a long way back. I think it was fitted with a Icom M501 the (the old 505) probably a Garmin 416 or similar. The underdeck tank should be around 75lt but it was also running a flexi tank in the bow locker. For the RB4 it only had the one jockey seat with a bucket seat behind, this was changed to make it saleable after the event.
Thatís about it just a good basic solid boat built for the job.
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Old 13 October 2010, 06:46   #13
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thanks for that Keiron.
By mid November it should be almost a new boat again. There is a full refurb and repower going on at the moment.
I will post some pics. If you do remember to ask your mate if he has a record of the serial number I would appreciate it, it would just confirm the history of the boat.
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Old 19 February 2011, 19:20   #14
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Refurb

How's the refurb coming on?

Think I might have seen it at Amble marina, blue tubes with yellow hull and full keel guard. Not sure if it was yours but looked very impressive.

Have you made any further progress - any pictures?
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Old 20 February 2011, 20:32   #15
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yes that was it.
Repowered now, new tubes from Humber, couple of new hatch covers, new drain trunks,
the tank has been cleaned and pressure tested.
All seats have been re-upholstered, just have to refit them.
I need to tidy up the electrics, and the console needs a polish.
Fitted new fuel filter and housing, new battery. Have a new new VHF and aerial to fit,
new steering wheel to go on, and need to make a template for a new screen.
Definitely getting there, but havn't had it in the water as yet. Just need a week off work lol!
oh ... and I have to dispose of the SR4 cluttering up my garage!

Hope to have it finished in time for a weekend pottering up at Tayvillich mid March.
Have 10 hours of running in time on the motor to get done!

I finally got the full DVD sent to me of RB4, and have set myself the target of
taking her round the UK again in 2012. Just me - by myself. Something I have wanted to do for a while.
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Old 21 February 2011, 05:37   #16
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Wow, it was looking good when I seen it. Where will you be launching from?

I ordered the RB4 DVD last August from RIB magazine, still hasn't arrived. I think when they did it they had quite a bit of back up. Are you really considering round the UK on your own?
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Old 21 February 2011, 16:41   #18
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I need to do some more pics, but the boat is in storage until I get
back from work.

I will launch from the Groyne at South Shields (I expect) but keen to launch at Seahouses as well.
I am not going to attempt it in 8 days like they did, so am not so worried
about the back up. I have a plan I am working on with regard to the trip.

Will post some more pics later
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Old 21 February 2011, 16:50   #19
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Think its £25 to launch from Seahouses and the slip can get busy. Amble is £5 to launch then 45 minutes ish to get to Seahouses.

Its a nice run up the coast, lots to see on land and the occasional dolphin for company.

Plenty of seals as well, if you slow down a bit the seals usually pop up to see whats going on. Never ceases to amaze me.
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Hi I am just on here looking for some pic of RB4, came across this, I did it in your boat. Toby
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