The painting is what bothers me the most..
I'll shoot an update once I have all questions answered by the seller.
It's rubber engine plate according to their website. I guess it's bolted, but not sure.
They are going to rig the boat with Honda 50HP. There will be an elephantís trunk once
they rig it.
It's 2009 model, so I'm not paying any extra for ally hull. The price is better than I would pay for Zodiac Pro 500/Pro 9 hypalon with similar rig. They are getting rid of previous years models. 10 years warranty is another thing which attracts...
Not that I decided to buy it already. I definitely need some help from this forum...
Here are some more pictures and drawings from their site:
Originally Posted by Jon.esp
When you ask why it is painted could I suggest you ask what it is painted with.
They may say the reason for painting is for non slip of deck areas and to allow you to antifoul the hull. But paint will also cover up any filler used if the hull has been poorly constructed. For me the beauty of ally is that where ever possible you donít paint it but others may disagree and you are an engineer so no doubt have your own opinion.
I would like to know more about the under deck fuel tank which I think from the web site you have, its filler and how the fuel lines run. Also are there any conduits in place for steering cables / hydraulics etc.
It looks as if they call it a modular boat with grp console, seat and anchor locker already in place. From the pictures the anchor locker looks as if there are some plates welded to the deck and perhaps the locker is bolted to them. Possibly the console and the seat have the same arrangement but it would be interesting to know for certain how these modules are attached.
The transom seems to have what I would suspect is a ply plate attached which also has been painted. If this is correct again how is this attached?
I like the idea of lifting points as standard as long as they are properly reinforced.
No sign of any elephantís trunk
It isnít a big boat so I guess you will probably be taking it out at the end of each day and wash it down with fresh water. As such corrosion wonít be so much of an issue.
Lastly I have no idea if you are paying a premium for this or if it is competitively priced compared with a non ally rib which at the end of the day is all important.
I would be interested to know how you get on