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Old 03 June 2011, 18:08   #1
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Rib manufacturer mystery!

Hey folks,
I have a 7.1 metre rib, it has been modified fairly extensively, both by myself and by a previous owner. Its now fitted with a 200hp nanni diesel and volvo penta sx stern drive.
The mystery lies in the question of who manufactured the boat originally. Any plates or significant markings have been lost due to mods made over time. the only mark left is a swooping eagle on the lid of the front stowage compartment. I am leaning towards an american origin as the boat had an inboard OMC petrol engine at one stage. Also, much of the plastic accessories in the rib are `Nuevo rade`.
I suppose my real question for y`all is could anyone here tell who the maker was from a couple of photos of the rib?????
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Old 03 June 2011, 18:38   #2
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Hey folks,
I have a 7.1 metre rib, it has been modified fairly extensively, both by myself and by a previous owner. Its now fitted with a 200hp nanni diesel and volvo penta sx stern drive.
The mystery lies in the question of who manufactured the boat originally. Any plates or significant markings have been lost due to mods made over time. the only mark left is a swooping eagle on the lid of the front stowage compartment. I am leaning towards an american origin as the boat had an inboard OMC petrol engine at one stage. Also, much of the plastic accessories in the rib are `Nuevo rade`.
I suppose my real question for y`all is could anyone here tell who the maker was from a couple of photos of the rib?????
My first RIB was an 1989 Osprey 6.4m Sparrowhawk (swooping eagle?) with a V6 4.3l OMC Cobra inboard petrol
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Hey folks,
I have a 7.1 metre rib, it has been modified fairly extensively, both by myself and by a previous owner. Its now fitted with a 200hp nanni diesel and volvo penta sx stern drive.
The mystery lies in the question of who manufactured the boat originally. Any plates or significant markings have been lost due to mods made over time. the only mark left is a swooping eagle on the lid of the front stowage compartment. I am leaning towards an american origin as the boat had an inboard OMC petrol engine at one stage. Also, much of the plastic accessories in the rib are `Nuevo rade`.
I suppose my real question for y`all is could anyone here tell who the maker was from a couple of photos of the rib?????
Upload as many photos as you can, from every angle you can, you will be suprised what you will find out
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Old 04 June 2011, 03:29   #4
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Old 05 June 2011, 09:50   #5
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Pics of the rib

Finally got some pics resized to post. Ive been looking at the Osprey ribs (Pikey Dave), and they are very similar, just cant be definite. Anyway, I hope somebody can give me some help from the pics attached.
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I rather like that!
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Nice boat - it certainly has an Osprey-ness about it

The grey patch on the outside of the tube near the bow is about where the Osprey logo is normally fitted so maybe it was to cover that up - see OSPREY RIBS UK Osprey_Vipermax Range

Is this your eagle?
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Old 05 June 2011, 10:34   #8
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Thanks Bogmonster,
The Osprey logo you posted exactly matches the one on the hatch cover of my rib. Finally I can say for sure where it was made and find out a little more about it. You wouldnt believe how long its taken me to uncover even that, and I only found the Osprey symbol on the hatch by chance as I polished it.
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mike would of done the lay up on the hull
whitten glassfibre or something like that the number is at work
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The grey patch on the outside of the tube near the bow is about where the Osprey logo is normally fitted so maybe it was to cover that up...
I can imagine how that could happen
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