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Old 26 October 2007, 20:02   #11
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In better nick than the one on Garf's pic tho'
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Old 27 October 2007, 03:23   #12
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ribeye 625/725 or vector vagabond ???
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Its a "Baracuda" made by some small firm whoes name escapes me right now....:
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Old 27 October 2007, 18:20   #14
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From the MAIB report about the "Big Yellow" Ferryman RIB:

The hull mould from which the FRM 900 is constructed was first conceived in 1991. Blue Water Maritime (BWM) Ltd of Hamble, Hampshire was the first manufacturer to use it for their BWM Rapier 8.5 RIB.

The mould and designer later transferred to Loxton Marine in Bridport, Dorset, where, in 1998, the designer modified the hull form to incorporate a reverse chine (see Section 1.5.2). RIBs continued to be marketed as the BWM Rapier 8.5.

Loxton Marine went into receivership in the late 1990s, and the mould was sold to South Down Marine in Kilkeel, Northern Ireland where the product was advertised as the Barracuda 8.6. It is believed that only one of this type was manufactured and sold, its whereabouts is unknown. At about the same time, the RIB was once again marketed by BWM Ltd of Hamble, but was now sold as the BWM Animal.

In 2000, Parker RIBS based in Czosnow, Poland purchased an identical mould and produced a boat under their “Parker RIB 900 RS” logo.

In early 2001, Paul Ferry of Ferryman Boats Limited of Londonderry, the builder of Big Yellow, bought the mould from South Down Marine, having previously worked there. The RIB is currently marketed by Ferryman Boats Ltd as the FRM 900, and to date 13 of them have been built and sold.


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Spot on John well said.

On page 34-36 of the said report Parker Ribs are even shown as an example how that particular rib should have been built
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Very intertesting. So this one above is the one and only that South Down Marine made.
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Spot on John well said.

On page 34-36 of the said report Parker Ribs are even shown as an example how that particular rib should have been built
Point 1.6 says at one time an owner struck a 6m by 75mm log at 20 kts on the bow .. thats a very odd size of timber ? I wonder how accurate that measurement was, and how much it contributed to the damage ... buts thats another story I'm sure. Any logs I've passed are almost totally submerged.
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Yes John I have seen that report,

To put the record straight…

Steve Loxton (in partnership) ran a company called Loxton Marine Ltd, in 1997BWM was purchased with all of the moulds and their intellectual property rights to add to its range of products.

BWM Ribs Ltd was incorporated and Loxton Marine Ltd transferred all of their assets to BWM - later, as there was no use for Loxton Marine Ltd any longer it was wound up.

The moulds were not sold to South Down Marine or anyone else come to that and when the reverse chine was incorporated, copyright for this design was submitted.

We at BWM still own the moulds and are still producing this product – The above report was commissioned because of the actions of Ferryman Boats who somehow obtained the Rapier hull and copied it – I believe Ferryman Boats was put into liquidation shortly after the issuing of the report?

I hope this is helpful.
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Yes John I have seen that report,

To put the record straight…

Steve Loxton (in partnership) ran a company called Loxton Marine Ltd, in 1997BWM was purchased with all of the moulds and their intellectual property rights to add to its range of products.

BWM Ribs Ltd was incorporated and Loxton Marine Ltd transferred all of their assets to BWM - later, as there was no use for Loxton Marine Ltd any longer it was wound up.

The moulds were not sold to South Down Marine or anyone else come to that and when the reverse chine was incorporated, copyright for this design was submitted.

We at BWM still own the moulds and are still producing this product – The above report was commissioned because of the actions of Ferryman Boats who somehow obtained the Rapier hull and copied it – I believe Ferryman Boats was put into liquidation shortly after the issuing of the report?

I hope this is helpful.
That still leaves the question of who built the hull above then?
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