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Old 27 August 2019, 05:12   #1
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Hello all, especially those who possibly remember me.

Iíve not really been active on the forum for several years, and havenít even ĎLurkedí much either, but still have very fond memories of good friends made in the Solent area and beyond, and trips out to terrorise Cowes and Yarmouth when 20 or so Ribs on a Ribnet Cruise needed to raft up at the same time.

Life has just sort of got in the way of using the Rib. Illness, a run of what felt like really bad luck, family commitments, that old Chestnut - cash, and just life in general meant that whenever time and money allowed, and crucially when I felt up to it, it was easier to drag my motorbike out of the garage, have a ride out, and tuck it back up in the garage, than make the much bigger commitment in energy, time and money to use the RIB. Weíve also not had a holiday in 3 years, so Iíve not towed the RIB to Devon for what was our usual 2 weeks of boating and Diving around Dartmouth with friends.

A priority for me is to make a public apology to Nos4r2, heís a good mate whoís tried to keep in touch, but Iíve only returned the effort sporadically, so Iím sorry mate, weíll meet up soon to catch up I hope.

And so to The Nashers Revenge, my 1997 6.5M Ocean that was the subject of quite a few technical threads on here years ago, including when I replaced the ancient 150HP Johnson VRO with a 1997 Suzuki 200EFI, a lovely motor that sounds great, has given years of faithful service, and actually used far less fuel than youíd expect at cruising speeds, although itís a different story when towing a doughnut or at WOT.

Iíve made sure that TNR has been protected from the weather whilst mothballed, sheís had a wash down once a year, and although kept covered has been well ventilated and hasnít suffered too much through lack of use. I canít move her at the moment from the storage facility where sheís sat on her trailer as Iíve also lost my Tow Car, my faithful D3 finally got to the point where it wasnít worth spending money on parts to fix it a couple of months ago, but at 15yrs old and 232K miles I couldnít really complain.

But, life has turned around a little recently, and Iíll soon be in a position to purchase a newer Discovery and resurrect TNR for next summer.
Of course the resurrection will be covered on here, but donít expect too much immediately.

The trailer I know will need a good service, new brakes etc, and possibly a new hitch, but should be OK on the whole.

The tubes, despite being 22yrs old still hold air and clean up to an acceptable level for the time being, but once other work has been carried out Iím sure a new set of tubes will be considered sooner rather than later.

The Hull is very sound, apart from I do think the very bottom of the ply in the transom may need cutting out and replacing due to water ingress over the years.
But working with fibreglass and wood holds no fears for me so Iím not that worried about doing it, and Iíll need to do some major work on the transom when I swap engines anyway.
There are some little bits and pieces of damage to attend to, and Iíll also need to do the horrible job of getting all the old antifouling off.

Iíve fixed the engine a few times over the years, rebuilding the gearbox, servicing it and keeping it in good condition, but when last used it was hesitating, and friends following in other boats said I was leaving a nice smell of Petrol in my wake. Iíd had a concern about it for a while, my gut was telling me itís going to get unreliable.
This is the big one, Iíll not be happy to use the boat until itís been changed, but itís also not worth sticking a £20K engine on such an old boat, so Iím now starting to look for a low hours Yamaha 200HPDI or First gen ETEC200 to drop on. As usual weight is an issue, the boat isnít built for heavy modern engines, and I also like 2 strokes, so donít want to use a 4-stroke.

So there it is, I really want to get the RIB back on the water for next summer, but know Iíll have a lot to do in the spring.

Hereís the Nashers Revenge in better times:
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Old 27 August 2019, 05:29   #2
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Hello all, especially those who possibly remember me.



Iíve not really been active on the forum for several years, and havenít even ĎLurkedí much either, but still have very fond memories of good friends made in the Solent area and beyond, and trips out to terrorise Cowes and Yarmouth when 20 or so Ribs on a Ribnet Cruise needed to raft up at the same time.



Life has just sort of got in the way of using the Rib. Illness, a run of what felt like really bad luck, family commitments, that old Chestnut - cash, and just life in general meant that whenever time and money allowed, and crucially when I felt up to it, it was easier to drag my motorbike out of the garage, have a ride out, and tuck it back up in the garage, than make the much bigger commitment in energy, time and money to use the RIB. Weíve also not had a holiday in 3 years, so Iíve not towed the RIB to Devon for what was our usual 2 weeks of boating and Diving around Dartmouth with friends.



A priority for me is to make a public apology to Nos4r2, heís a good mate whoís tried to keep in touch, but Iíve only returned the effort sporadically, so Iím sorry mate, weíll meet up soon to catch up I hope.



And so to The Nashers Revenge, my 1997 6.5M Ocean that was the subject of quite a few technical threads on here years ago, including when I replaced the ancient 150HP Johnson VRO with a 1997 Suzuki 200EFI, a lovely motor that sounds great, has given years of faithful service, and actually used far less fuel than youíd expect at cruising speeds, although itís a different story when towing a doughnut or at WOT.



Iíve made sure that TNR has been protected from the weather whilst mothballed, sheís had a wash down once a year, and although kept covered has been well ventilated and hasnít suffered too much through lack of use. I canít move her at the moment from the storage facility where sheís sat on her trailer as Iíve also lost my Tow Car, my faithful D3 finally got to the point where it wasnít worth spending money on parts to fix it a couple of months ago, but at 15yrs old and 232K miles I couldnít really complain.



But, life has turned around a little recently, and Iíll soon be in a position to purchase a newer Discovery and resurrect TNR for next summer.

Of course the resurrection will be covered on here, but donít expect too much immediately.



The trailer I know will need a good service, new brakes etc, and possibly a new hitch, but should be OK on the whole.



The tubes, despite being 22yrs old still hold air and clean up to an acceptable level for the time being, but once other work has been carried out Iím sure a new set of tubes will be considered sooner rather than later.



The Hull is very sound, apart from I do think the very bottom of the ply in the transom may need cutting out and replacing due to water ingress over the years.

But working with fibreglass and wood holds no fears for me so Iím not that worried about doing it, and Iíll need to do some major work on the transom when I swap engines anyway.

There are some little bits and pieces of damage to attend to, and Iíll also need to do the horrible job of getting all the old antifouling off.



Iíve fixed the engine a few times over the years, rebuilding the gearbox, servicing it and keeping it in good condition, but when last used it was hesitating, and friends following in other boats said I was leaving a nice smell of Petrol in my wake. Iíd had a concern about it for a while, my gut was telling me itís going to get unreliable.

This is the big one, Iíll not be happy to use the boat until itís been changed, but itís also not worth sticking a £20K engine on such an old boat, so Iím now starting to look for a low hours Yamaha 200HPDI or First gen ETEC200 to drop on. As usual weight is an issue, the boat isnít built for heavy modern engines, and I also like 2 strokes, so donít want to use a 4-stroke.



So there it is, I really want to get the RIB back on the water for next summer, but know Iíll have a lot to do in the spring.



Hereís the Nashers Revenge in better times:


Welcome back, I hope the future is kind to you & yours
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Old 27 August 2019, 05:30   #3
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Hi Nasher
Great to see you are back.
Sounds as if you've had a tough old time.
Glad things are now looking up dor you and hope to see TNR out on the water next year
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Did I see it on a trailer this weekend?
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Old 27 August 2019, 06:12   #5
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Did I see it on a trailer this weekend?
I hope not

I last saw it at the storage facility where I keep it about 16.00hrs yesterday after I'd given it a wash and a made some notes.

It would rip the back end off the temporary car I'm driving at the moment if I tried to tow it anywhere, so if it's moved since then it's been nicked!

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Old 27 August 2019, 06:15   #6
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Good to see you back, Nasher. There's a guy on Boatmad selling a couple of HPDI a few weeks ago, iirc somewhere around 250 hours use. I'll see if I can fine the ad for you.
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Old 27 August 2019, 06:22   #7
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Here ya go.
Yamaha 250 HPDI XL X2 - Boatmad.com
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Old 27 August 2019, 06:51   #8
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Thanks JW, it's nice to hear from you, I hope all is well with you.

Thanks for the link, I'll see if my Boatmad account is still active and contact him.

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Old 27 August 2019, 06:55   #9
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Actually JW thoses are 250 HPDIs, which are a bigger block and are known to have reliability issues.

The 200 is lighter and has a better reputation.

Thanks anyway.

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Old 27 August 2019, 07:13   #10
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Hi Nasher, as all have said before me - welcome back and good to hear things are getting sorted for you to the best. You and I are part of the ribnet "oldtimers" some just vanish and you never hear from them again but others like yourself bounce back- and that is nice
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