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Old 01 December 2010, 03:44   #11
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So you think I should try and make contact? What sort of things was he involved in with the Vectors? I assume as a naval architect he was one of the designers and engineers?

Seems a fairly important bloke: designing warships for the Thai Navy would surely indicate someone fairly important; would you reckon he'd be up for giving a little email interview?

And Pete Kidd also, I doubt he'd be interested?
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damien and pete owned the company and shared design work i think . the rib in question is a Vector XR24 which vector started to manufacture around 1992 ,the vagabond had a tube all round rather than a hard nose and was the forrunner of the ribeye 725 possibly .
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I own one of these ribs (4yrs+) I had it surveyed by a very well known RIB journalist. (friend) He knows Peter Kidd (Malaysia is his last known location, and yes he does that kind of work out there).

Vector Mirage bloody strong RIB, made well, goes like stink. Good sea boat. I took mine from Portsmouth to Torquay and back this year (one of many journeys) - no problems for the boat, occupants where a little rough (it was a stag weekend).

Mine has 200L integrated fuel tank, Water Ballast (noes tank), Came originally with Mariner 200HP V6, now fitted Evinrude 225 HO (probably a bit over the top). Before going bust Vector had strong off shore sales in the Canary Islands, the boats were renowned for speed, sea handling and build quality - hence their rather dodgy use out there on runs to Africa and back.

I believe Ribeye 7.85 uses the same hull mould, Osprey and another company also use it or have rights to it, I don't believe they have built many, I did speak to them earlier in the year (Milton Keynes based from memory) Certainly the similarity is uncanny underneath.

Definitely a proven design, Hope that helps.
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These are the guys who push the design

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I own one of these ribs (4yrs+) I had it surveyed by a very well known RIB journalist. (friend) He knows Peter Kidd (Malaysia is his last known location, and yes he does that kind of work out there).

Vector Mirage bloody strong RIB, made well, goes like stink. Good sea boat. I took mine from Portsmouth to Torquay and back this year (one of many journeys) - no problems for the boat, occupants where a little rough (it was a stag weekend).

Mine has 200L integrated fuel tank, Water Ballast (noes tank), Came originally with Mariner 200HP V6, now fitted Evinrude 225 HO (probably a bit over the top). Before going bust Vector had strong off shore sales in the Canary Islands, the boats were renowned for speed, sea handling and build quality - hence their rather dodgy use out there on runs to Africa and back.

I believe Ribeye 7.85 uses the same hull mould, Osprey and another company also use it or have rights to it, I don't believe they have built many, I did speak to them earlier in the year (Milton Keynes based from memory) Certainly the similarity is uncanny underneath.

Definitely a proven design, Hope that helps.
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