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Old 12 November 2018, 06:34   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: Margate
Boat name: RIBCRAFT 55
Length: 5m +
Engine: Twin 75hp Outboard
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 3
RIBCRAFT 55 (5.5m) - Rebuild Project £2399

This advert is for a RIBCRAFT 55 (5.5m). This is the boat with 'A' Frame (cost £475 to have fabricated), trailer, engines and pretty much all other ancillary equipment including:

2 x Mariner 75hp Engines (1980s) with Power trim/tilt rams
1 x Bespoke Stainless Steel 'A' Frame
2 x Single Jockey Seats
2 x Quicksilver Engine Controls with electrical connections and teleflex
1 x Marine Battery Box
1 x Spare Mariner Engine transom mount and leg
1 x 70(ish) litre Bespoke (to fit bow) fuel tank
11.4m new fender strip
Pile of wires and cables for electrics
1 x 'Vetus' Helm Pump with steering wheel mount
1 x Aluminium Steering wheel with new foam wrapping
1 x 'Wagner N-40' Steering ram with new reconditioned seals
Piping for hydraulics
Sprung connecting rod for twin engine steering
1 x Silva Compass
Fuel tank/system control valves
2 x Fuel connectors for engines
2 x Used square 'Poly Bottles' (not pictured)
Stainless Steel backrest for Console (not pictured)
Stainless Steel Handrail for front of console (not pictured)
Large boat battery (not pictured and not recently tested)

She's a terrific sea boat and went well with the engines; it's a pity that Ribcraft stopped making the 5.5. This is an old boat and will not suit someone looking for something 'flashy'; she's functional and comfortable! The tubes are hypalon. They exhibit some discoloration and sun damage and there are a couple of minor leaks that won't challenge anyone with semi decent repair skills. I'm a pretty good solutionist but have never got round to the repairs as the tubes hold air for about five hours before there is any worrisome softening.

There's a terrible repair on the underside of the port sponson (pictured) made, I assume, by a previous owner but it has never bothered me; I'd planned to repair it when it let me down (I've had the boat for about 13 years and that never happened). The long and the short is that, given some care and attention, these tubes are good for at least another 12 years. This will make an excellent rebuild project for someone with a little skill that wants to acquire a great RIB at low cost. The boat location is Margate, contact Guy on 07901517244

I have plenty more pictures of the boat and some video (shot 15/06/18) showing the engines starting, running, revving and tilting.

Price - £2399 (THE LOT!)
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