Originally Posted by Alice
Was that the only Rib for sale in your area ( Southern Atlantic!
) at the time? Not saying that it's a bit of a pup! Oh no.
Yes it was, as it happens. They are few and far between! Most are really old ones, in fact I think this (and another one which came at the same time) are the newest privately owned ones here.
Given that the freight would be ~ £2000, I doubt I could have got a five and a half year old RIB in the UK ready to go with engine, trailer and a respectable selection of instruments (fishfinder/VHF/GPS) for five grand, to get to what I paid for it. Most of the ones I saw that age in the UK were nearer ten without the freight! So I will persevere, despite the problems. Buying second hand boats is like buying second hand vehicles, you can guarantee that somebody won't have done something properly, just a question of what that something is.
So it may well be a puppy, but its a cheap puppy and that leaves quite a lot to spend on dog food
What I am annoyed about though, is that the Rigid Raider I was originally after is now up for sale, the owner having told me only a couple of months ago that it wasn't for sale
I want one of those, waaaay cooler than any RIB
and a darn sight tougher as well, and unsinkable, cost about fifty grand new, and you can run 'em up on the beach and they won't bat an eyelid! Wish I had waited now, but I ain't changing just yet. - though the concept of something that doesn't leak all the frickin time is quite appealing, fixing it is getting v boring
I have just finished fixing the toob and I am almost sure that the reverse of the patch hadn't been prepared at all, having had a close look when I peeled it right off, in fact I could probably have scrubbed it up and re-used it but I didn't risk it. It took me half an hour and 2 fully charged batteries with the 60 grit flap wheel on my DeWalt electric drill to get the glue off the tube, so it was ^&*ing well stuck to that half!!
The flap wheel is brilliant, hate to think how long it would have taken to get that glue off by hand.... and I used it to get the glue off my fingers afterwards, its good for that too
As is the lamp, a perfect heat source, the new patch is clamped on with a cunning clampy thing I found in a shop the other day and bought for the very purpose, and is sunbathing gently about a foot from the lamp right now (after dark) with everything nice and warm but not too hot.
I don't have any thinners so I used the nearest I could get to acetone which was nail varnish remover! It isn't pure acetone but hopefully near enough. The patch I did the other week seems to have stuck OK though, having used that to clean it prior to glueing.