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Old 27 May 2004, 17:19   #51
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OK to give me an idea of it's angle how long is it when the tide is out? Is this the slip at Saxon Wharf looks steep to me!
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OK Nick the beeers are waiting in the fridge show me how to do it. This is a very shallow slipway and I want you to show me the way


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Old 27 May 2004, 17:30   #52
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* Solent (Fareham). 150hp 2 stroke. 6.5M. Looks the part. Much more obviously sportif than the Ribcraft (but I saw one in the water and one on the land so not a fair comparison. Very nicely put together. Excellent demo in some chop just outside portsmouth harbour. Enough to thrill, but with a surprisingly comfortable ride. Seems forgiving and really secure and safe. Totally dry, even after some genuinely scarey thumps (but I am a newbie and the demonstator was very skilled). 45mph down the river (according to engine elecronics). Don't mored boats come up quickly when you are going like the bat out of hell! Could not be unsettled even with some very tight turns and figure 8s. Probably a little over budget, but bnot as much as the Rib-X. Huge number of options and flexibility which makes it a bit over-powering for an ignorant newbie. I wonder if they had ever sold to rib to someone as ignorant as I am??

glad to see you are starting to make up your own mind (still think they are Ford Escorts)

go for a light colour fades less though a bugger to keep clean
don't see many second hand ones around
Take it Kevin was doing the demo then
and yes every manufacturer sells to guys like you and hopefully points you in the direction of a school
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Old 27 May 2004, 17:41   #53
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No, don't think they are escorts. More like a Scirocco with an aero engine under the bonnet!

Yes, the school idea is good. Have powerboat 2 but realise I am going to need some serious tuition for signifcant chop!

Your assumptions are right, and Kevin is a star!! Even politely, after taking us round and round the chop, stopped asked if we had had enough. When we said we were game for more, pointed us out away from the wall and took off like a jack rabbit.... Wow!!

I could get to being addicted to this! 47-year old boy racer!

Still a bit confused on colour
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Old 27 May 2004, 17:49   #54
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if you buy one , come to the isle de blanc and we will go and play
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Old 27 May 2004, 17:59   #55
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Thank you

The labourer is worthy of his hire!

I would love to take you up on the offer if:

1) you promise to be very critical and demanding - I do not respond to gentle nudges (ask the wife (Jo) - see also under "tidying the garage")

2) you promise to push me hard

3) you let me pay you!

4) you never never tell Jo the extent of what we have been up to.... in time she will want her own lessons, but for now.... softly,softly catchee monkee

Guess it will be September before I get mine into the water, whatever it is....

Until then I will be sibbing (and sobbing with envy!)

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Old 27 May 2004, 18:01   #56
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not a problem
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Old 27 May 2004, 18:03   #57
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Guess it will be September before I get mine into the water, whatever it is....

Until then I will be sibbing (and sobbing with envy!)
You will be very welcome on 'Blue Ice' any time, Bruce (& Jo & family of course).
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Old 27 May 2004, 18:56   #58
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Still a bit confused on colour
Tubes really are a matter of what you like personally. I will say one thing to you about hull colour though. White is a b*$!# to keep clean and shows up every mark. Having scrubbed the white hull on my last rib for a week solid I've come to realise that some marks just don't come off. I've gone for grey glass on my new one to try and hide any marks etc on the hull. There is one advantage as far as I can see however with regards to white hulls, the gelcoat is easy to obtain for repair work etc. However as you are in the UK pretty much every colour should be readily available to you. (Not the case on the emerald isle!!)

Oh and if you get black tubes, be sure to get pressure relief valves fitted.

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Old 27 May 2004, 19:19   #59
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Not black. Not orange - I don't want anyone think I am ready or competant to provide lifeboat facilities!

Agree on the grey hull.

So what 'goes' with grey?

I like yellow but am I going to regret it marking easily?

Else it is dark blue. But will grey / dark blue look dull and be hard to see? (Safety issue?)

I think the lighter blue / greens look weak?
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Old 27 May 2004, 19:38   #60
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Its a tough one I know. Trying to pick a colour combo can sometimes be harder than picking the boat itself. Here's a link that I found quite useful when deciding which colours to go for:

http://www.boat-finder.com/12460/ind...ve_menu_id=266

Only thing is the guy who wrote this was talking about PU tubes which don't really fade, compared to Hypalon so you will have to take this into account if you are getting a Hypalon boat, avoiding colours that will look terrible faded.

I've gone for the blue tubes/grey hull combo you see in the link. I personally think the boat you see with the yellow hull/grey tubes looks very smart as well. You could always have contrasting bright wear patches to make the boat more visible. At the end of the day it comes down to what YOU like so we can only advise. You have to make the hard choice.

Oh god you haven't even decided what rib you want and I've probably gone and got you alll worried about colours. Sorry!!
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