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Old 28 November 2008, 16:48   #1
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Ribcraft 7.8 Maverick Project

Well here goes my first message into the RIBnet forum ... I have been following the site for months and have found it brilliant source of information and inspiration - so thank you all!!

I have recently commissioned Jason and the guys at Ribcraft to build my dream 7.8m rib which I have called Maverick - no jokes please - it will suit the rib I promise... I have based the layout on Vampire rib which featured recently in the Round Britain and performed extremly well - thanks to Greg Marsden at 2012 Marine for some useful insight into the spec and performance of Vampire.

I pass the Ribcraft factory regulary even though I live 300 miles away so I will probably become an enthusiastic (but pain in the arse) client watching the build process. I have attached my first photos of the hull just finished in mould ..... will upload more all the way up to launch.
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Old 29 November 2008, 18:17   #3
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Great choice we did the ribcraft tour last year build quallity was excellent keep the pics comming
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Ribcraft 7.8 Maverick Project

Visited Ribcraft again yesterday - talk about a busy factory!

I was excited to see at what stage Maverick was at and I wasn't disappointed! The fuel tank has now been 'cemented' in place and the matrix system fitted - I just can't stress the quality of the build process and attention to detail these guys apply. The rib already looks and feels bombproof....I know I am biased but you have to do the 'tour' to see for yourself ...

The tubes are done and will go on once the rest of the deck is finalised.

I met with Dorian who expertly guided me through the project scope and remaining timeline as well as mocking up the layout of my console to suit my style...a thorough process and I welcomed his guidance throughout.

I have gone for a full suite of Raymarine equipment and can't wait to see it all in place..some pictures attached and Dorian has promised to take some at the next stage and forward them on...
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As no-one else has beaten be to it - Welcome to RIBnet Ronin

Looks good - do keep the photos coming. Judging by all the comments from other Ribcraft owners I feel sure that you won't be disappointed
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great boats but customer service has slipped dramatically, im still waiting for a quote for a new trailor from nearly 2 months ago, after 3 left messages and 4 phone calls, i gave up,went elsewhere also took 4 weeks and over 10 phone calls/messages for a replacement seat to be re-covered and sent out, very obviously don't want the business.real shame considering i have given them a total of 20450 worth of business in the last 4 years.
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great boats but customer service has slipped dramatically, im still waiting for a quote for a new trailor from nearly 2 months ago, after 3 left messages and 4 phone calls, i gave up,went elsewhere also took 4 weeks and over 10 phone calls/messages for a replacement seat to be re-covered and sent out, very obviously don't want the business.real shame considering i have given them a total of 20450 worth of business in the last 4 years.
Better customer service available from other manufacturers even before the credit crunch. Given that its such a small industry i'm surprised they think they can get away with it at any time.
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great boats but customer service has slipped dramatically, im still waiting for a quote for a new trailor from nearly 2 months ago, after 3 left messages and 4 phone calls, i gave up,went elsewhere also took 4 weeks and over 10 phone calls/messages for a replacement seat to be re-covered and sent out, very obviously don't want the business.real shame considering i have given them a total of 20450 worth of business in the last 4 years.
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looks good i love seeing boats in the making.

Couple of questions is the tank made of steel or is it GRP and my first impresion was the tank was along way forward what are your thoughts on where the tank should be.
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Old 11 December 2008, 13:18   #10
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Hiya

I'm no expert on tank postioning so took advice from the guys in the know really, also did check with Greg who ran Vampire for the RB08 (same spec nearly) and it handled brilliantly...very stable in rough conditions etc..

The tank is 270L stainless steel...
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