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Old 27 October 2013, 08:22   #1
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Hi!!

Hi guys, thought i'd join up here as ive been a long time browser of the site. Im currently on my third rib in about 10 years, i started out with a 5m humber assault and quickly changed it for a 5.5 destroyer as i found the assault very slappy in the rough stuff. The destroyer was a great rib and handled so well in rough seas for such a small boat. Anyway once the destroyer was sold on i didnt do a lot of boating but ive just bought another rib and cant wait for the next season to get some good weather to enjoy it.

Its a ferryman frm630, yes, a ferryman lol. I know its a swear word to most ribsters after the fiasco with "big yellow" etc but the smaller ribs seem to be fine and all the research that ive done revelled that there hasnt been any problems with any other ferryman rib. Mine is 2004 with a wrap round console with a df140 suzuki outboard, both have only done 20 hours from new! I plan on upgrading the navagation system and vhf. Also would like to add a sound system. It needs a good clean and i plan on doing a kind of build journey with the progress.

Look forward to chatting with you all. P.s i have my flame suit on for you all to have a go at me for buying a ferryman lol







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Old 27 October 2013, 08:28   #2
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hi, welcome to RIBnet

looks a nice rib, only 20hrs from new, can't go far wrong with that eh look forward to seeing what you do re VHS / chartplotter etc, I hoping for a few winter bargains myself
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Old 27 October 2013, 08:50   #3
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Welcome to the forum Chris86.

A friend of mine has one of those. It's a 1998/9 and standing the test of time well - he's made very good use of it, had it over the North Channel a couple of times. As you say, the smaller boats were built well - your's has a more polished look to it than my friend's FRM 6.3 - those few years saw much improvement.

That Suzi is a decent lump, I bet you'll make nearly 40kts with it. Very economical cruising too. Another ribbing buddy has one on a similar sized Redbay and she cruises at around 0.85L/Nm

I had a play with the Lowrance Sonic Hub sound system earlier this season, good value kit.
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Old 27 October 2013, 14:12   #4
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Cheers guys.
I haven't had her in the water yet apart from the test which wasnt very long and didnt have any gps etc running so it will be interesting. I had a df140 on the 5.5 destroyer but it was to much for it, went into a speed wobble lol, did achieve a very scary 49.3mph in it though. Im still researching different gps's at the moment but the garmin 750s seems excellent value for money.
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Old 27 October 2013, 16:44   #5
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Hi and welcome Chris 86.
Like your rig. Especially the wrap round consul - very neat.
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Old 27 October 2013, 17:05   #6
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Like that, funky and a beast at the same time,Like it very much Chris!
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Old 27 October 2013, 17:50   #7
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Old 28 October 2013, 01:21   #8
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look forward to seeing what you do re VHS / chartplotter etc,
Before you start down that route, can I point out Betamax is technically superior?
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Old 28 October 2013, 07:18   #10
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Chris good luck with the new boat, there is one the very same, same colour aswell though doesn't have the rear bench, kept in Fahan Marina during the summer - it has a Suz 115 and talking to the Owner he wishes his outboard had a little more oomh - the 140 no doubt would be perfect.
He only got his last year, and very happy with it.
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Old 29 October 2013, 15:55   #11
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Again, thanks for all the positive replies guys.
Im looking forward to getting a few trips in her. I always found travelling along a cross wind in the destroyer that i got hit with spray so thats what drew me to the wrap round console for a bit off added protection.

Glad to hear off other happy owners. I'll tinker with it over winter and get it ready for the next season
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Old 19 June 2014, 07:40   #12
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Revival of an old thread..

After doing a few bits over winter i had my first outing in her at the weekend.

Things done so far..
1. Full upholstery retrim and new marinr ply bases
2. Minor gel coat repairs to satisfy my ocd
3. Removal of "yellowing" from console, (had to wet sand it and polish back)
4. Every screw removed, sealed and put back)
5. New graphics
6. New Bosch battery
7. Engine checked over
8. Tubes cleaned and protected with ribshine
9. Two small patches over grazed spots on tubes

Stuff still to do
1. Decide on a new gps, thinking garmin 751xs?
2. New vhf
3. Fit aux bracket
4. Change impeller (current one fine but i'll feel better)
5. Sort ropes out
7. Cup holders!!!!!
8. Hatch fitted in console so storage can be accessed from helm
9. Fit sound system
10. Fit new bilge pump with float switch (already purchased)

Im sure there's more but that should keep me
Busy for a week or 2.

It went very well at the weekend with 2 minor hic-ups

1. Tell tale was blocked (easy cleared and running fine since)
2. Engine trimming its self right out if water... But off water ingress on trim switch at engine, the grommet wasnt located correctly but im going to replace switch and grommet as a precautionary measure.

Not bad for a boat that hasnt seen water in 6 years!!

Few rubbish jumbled pics off the work in progress and last weekend.. Before anybody has a go about the kill cord i was in the marina moving berths lol







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Old 19 June 2014, 07:44   #13
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Old 19 June 2014, 07:47   #14
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Old 23 June 2014, 04:07   #15
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Garmin 751xs purchased anyone any idea on what nmea kit i need to buy to link it to my 2004 df140 so i get engine and fuel data? Thanks
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4. Change impeller (current one fine but i'll feel better)
That's when you want to do it.



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No ropes on a boat (unless you have a manual bell.) When a rope crosses the gunwales, it is a line.

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Drink straight from the beer bottle.


I'm impressed. That's a lot of work.

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Old 07 July 2014, 16:55   #17
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Quick update!!

Bilge pump and float switched wired in.
Garmin 751 fitted

Launched her last night and she's ready for some summer fun!!





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