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Old 27 January 2003, 09:05   #51
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This might be out of your budget

but I came across a well set up Ribcraft 585 yesterday. Ex police or customs as it still has the blue flashing light on the A frame! Double console, 4 jockeys, 135 Mariner & trailer. Well kitted out as you would expect from a working boat. Looked all in good nick for 11450. Brokers are Interyacht at Suffolk Yacht Harbour, Levington. (I have no association with either them or the boat!)

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Old 27 January 2003, 10:36   #52
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? ex Essex police diving unit ?
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Old 27 January 2003, 11:56   #53
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Dunno exactly but I'dve thought not as two side by side jockeys and console leaves no room for kitting up divers plus no bottle rack. The boat normally lives afloat in the marina. I reckon police, coastguard or customs but its not marked in anyway.
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Old 27 January 2003, 12:16   #54
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Enviroment Agency had some Ribtec/ribcraft 5.85's but normally with 4 strokes.
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Old 27 January 2003, 15:16   #55
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Dunno exactly but I'dve thought not as two side by side jockeys and console leaves no room for kitting up divers plus no bottle rack. The boat normally lives afloat in the marina. I reckon police, coastguard or customs but its not marked in anyway.
Commercial divers rarely have a bottle rack (SDDE), CG label theirs, Environment Agencies cannot use blue lights, possibly customs. There's another coming up for sale extremely similar via Essex then somewhere in that area.
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Old 28 January 2003, 04:54   #56
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The Fisheries part of EA do have blue lights, but their boats normally have touch more horse power on the back. So probabbly not theirs.
Well this digresses from the thread nicely
As Tiger and others have said, use your contacts and the chances are that for a lower budget you will have to do some work yourselves if you can to keep the prices down. Cables and seats can all be fixed easily. For cheep seat covers try asking the local coach company who they get to repair their seats as that is often a cheep option.
Watch out for wiring problems showing lots of rust and other water problems as once you get water in the looms replacing that is not the easiest of jobs fo DIY.
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Old 28 January 2003, 14:42   #57
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If your buying second hand Rib consider a rcd cat CE mark B for a offshore rib.

If you happy using near the coast then a rcd CE mark cat C rib will be fine.

If your buying a workboat for pleasure then please bear in mind that the stability regs for new offshore pleasure ribs Iso 12217 havnt come in for no reason in offshore boat design.

At present the insurance companies have a cross over and are not insisting on stability regs for offshore work boat ribs, but I am of the oppinion it is only a matter of time before it will come into force.

As it is the perfect reason to limit our range and therfore there responsibilities.

Good luck and it may be 5/10 yrs before this happens who knows?

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