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Old 21 December 2002, 16:45   #71
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The guy comes on asking for advice and he has done nuthing but give it. Manos you will have anybody on your boat your just a nice Guy.

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Old 21 December 2002, 16:51   #72
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To reply to your question Pete
I think that the manufacturers use SS tanks because they have better margins (steel is VERY CHEAP). I'm in the shipping bizs and I know.
In Falcon they use heavy duty plastic tanks. They can fit in SS tanks but is not recomended.
For SS tanks should go between deck and hull, then the deck is sandwiched and you just get a small opening for inspections purposes. If anything goes wrong with the tank or the lines you will have to cut through the deck.
Now the boat is very light (380 kgs without engine) and is constructed with advanced technology materials. If you cut through the deck you will compromise the seaworhthiness of the boat.
So, Falcon in SAfrica recommends Palstic.........and as the moto says

PLASTIC IS FANTASTIC!!

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Old 21 December 2002, 16:53   #73
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MANY THANKS!!
You made blush now. Don't know what to say (for a change)
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I wish you luck, BWM started to use plastic for petrol just before they folded. Result: tanks melted

And yes they had to cut them out. I take it your deck is sandwich construction to save weight, how are you fastening anything down to the deck ? My Ribtec deck is marine ply with grp and will withstand inspections holes being cut into it, but then its not a race boat.

Crazyhorse, we did offer advice as assistance to Dirk, but that was about five pages ago. However the offer still stands.

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Old 21 December 2002, 17:06   #75
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Whos said that BMWs are good cars any way LOLOL (I own one by the way) LOLOL
Your assumptions correct.
Deck similar to yours. Small inspection hatches can be cut through but you cannot cut large sections off.
You can tie things up on deck the same way as you do on any other RIB. I suppose you can say that you screw eyes on the deck and pass lines trough them and rap them round and secure the tanks on deck. (my English here is not clear but I'll get a photo when I'm in Greece and post it to see).

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Sorry about that just got in and am trying to get up to speed.


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Old 21 December 2002, 17:21   #77
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Manos, sorry been a bit of a miss understanding, there used to be a budget rib firm called Blue Water Maritime (BWM) , they went bust in hmm 98 I think. Paul Lemmer was the MD and he is still about on the rib scene. He has a reputation which I am sure isn't jstified of breaking everything he touches. Its called lemerisation to those in the know or who have suffered. Shame realy as he is a nice chap. Towed him into a beach once when he broke the transom of a rib, two 60 hp mariners were held in the boat by a piece of string around the console the whole transom moved 3 or 4 inches in and out with every wave.
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How long have they been manufacturing Falcons ? not long if I am right, so how did Dirk find one that needs a refit ?

As Alan and Crazyhorse said something not quite right here, think we have been invaded by the OCR boys. They do seem hostile to ribs. Of course on a rib net forum they are bound to find individuals who think ribs are superb just as on a race boat forum they will be singing the delights of fantoms and rings. Something not quite right.

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I bet paul lemmer gets back into ribbing with a cabin rib soon,

Watch this space.

And it might be from good old SA,its just a little guessee, I maybee wrong.

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Falcon is been making boats for the last 20 years.
Look at their site if you like.
I suppose the RIB Dirk has is the one (700 RSR) that Volvo bought for a support RIB during the translantantic race a few years ago
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