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Old 13 June 2006, 15:27   #1
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Ribquest - broken consul ?

My first RIB's a Ribquest LR5.8 with a Suzuki DF115TUL - took delivery (very happy boy) - June 2005 & the boat now has less than 100 hours on her.
Last weekend we were out both Saturday and Sunday off Bridlington & Flamborough in fantastic weather, but pretty choppy (Moderate) sea's. Cruising at about 18 - 25 knots where possible - it made for a couple of lively days out.
After one landing on Sunday PM there was a really loud & uncharactoristic bang. On stopping the boat, the immediate inspection didnt reveal any obvious damage however it felt like the steering was 'damped' throughout the rest of the run back - which was about 6 miles.
A steady run to safety ensued & on arrival back it was clear that all was not right & I immediately got the boat out of the water onto the trailer for a full inspection. The consul is a 2 piece unit & houses the 2 portable 22 litre fuel cans in the lower section, with the upper section accommodating the steering, electronic's, throttle set up etc. The consul set up is exactly as shown in the two images below. See :- http://www.ribquest.com/pages/boat_4.htm and http://www.ribquest.com/pages/boat_22.htm
The damage had occurred at the joining of these 2 sections with significant & clean breaking of the fixing points along both port & starboard sides for half the length of the consul seam from the aft point forward and a 4 - 5 inch crack below the joint at the front of the consul 'dry locker hatch' forward of the driving position on the front end of the consul.
With only slight back pressure on the steering wheel, (as a driver would exert through normal motion when driving in this sea state - the forward crack opened up to 5 mm and it was clear any further use of the boat, could end up with the upper half of the consul breaking away completely, leaving no fixed steering point or throttle control – an incredibly dangerous situation – especially with young kids on board. The sea state at the weekend was slight to moderate – but more so moderate in the afternoon.
Ribquest have been informed and have requested the boat back for inspection / investigation - The boats to go back this Friday.

Has anyone else experienced this sort of issue with a ribquest consul or similar 2 piece consul ?
– I’ll post comments on how ribquest deal with the situ…….watch this space.
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Old 16 June 2006, 17:17   #2
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Thumbs Up for Ribquest !

Returned the boat to Ribquest today.

Julian Goodhead – Sales Manager reviewed the damaged consul and advised Ribquest would replace it. No quibble & no issues what so ever.

Excellent service from Ribquest !
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Excellent service from Ribquest !
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Good result

I imagine they wanted the old one back to see why it fell to bits too!
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There is also a lesson to be learnt here (possibly)

The main reason I purchased a Ribcraft was the build quality - 2 part moulding like that IMO have no place on a vehicle that can be subjected to some serious pounding.

All the ribcraft consoles and seats are one peice and fully glassed into the boat no screws, bolts or fixings to cause any weak points.

If its gone once - it could very well go again - how many times are they going to give you a new console ???
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Old 18 June 2006, 15:50   #6
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Good question Roy.

I've taken some snaps of the damage but couldnt sus out how to get them online here. I've managed my technophobia and got help to get them on line on the 'ribsters' site.

Follow this link (& sign up) if your not a member to view. (its free), go to rib talk, then view the ribquest link.

http://ribsters.proboards22.com/index.cgi?

Ribquest have offered me the option of upgrading the consul to their new model @ cost price (£300) - shown here;

http://www.ribs4sale.com/index.php?p...ate&supplier=#

(Scroll down to the Ribquest LR58DRC)

The current consul on my boat isn't GRP, I took it for granted that it was. ( - in there lays a lesson.) Its actually a plastic called ARP / ARB. When I get to replacing this boat, it will definately be a consideration.

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is the new console grp?
i thought there consoles where polyethylene (same stuff as plastic fuel cans...)
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As the old console failed in use and Ribquest have decided to fit an improved part on their new boats, that in itself may suggest that the original part was inferior and perhaps not fit for its intended use. In this case, I would expect a free upgrade to the new improved part. Asking you to fork out an extra £300 is out of order, in my view.
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I've managed my technophobia and got help to get them on line on the 'ribsters' site.
In that case, all you've done it upload them to Imageshack and linked to them (the ribsters site doesn't have the capability to host images) so you can just link to them here.

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As the old console failed in use and Ribquest have decided to fit an improved part on their new boats, that in itself may suggest that the original part was inferior and perhaps not fit for its intended use. In this case, I would expect a free upgrade to the new improved part. Asking you to fork out an extra £300 is out of order, in my view.
I'm with you in this one. The fact that the console has split is use would suggest a problem which is why Ribquest have updated the console. There was a recent MAIB report in which a console had come adrift in use and had resulted in the helm going over the side. It was not Ribquest I hasten to add, but it goes to show how cutting costs can affect safety. Keeping prices down doesn't always work

All very well for Ribquest not to quibble over replacing it - so they should, but to ask for £300 to upgrade is no service at all.

No, Ribquest should put the issue right.
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