I would definitely like to meet up. It is always good to learn from more experienced RIBers like yourselves. I bought the RIB because I am a diving instructor and was always going out / driving the club RIB which is considerably bigger and more powerfull ( I think it is a Humber 6 or 7 metre with a 200HP engine on ).
I needed to get a fairly small RIB because it has to go in the garage and this fits perfectly. The ballast holes had already been sealed off when I got it. I intend to use it to take the family out and for occassional diving with a couple of friends at the most.
I have magaed to get it on the water twice but due to problems with the engine ( turned out to be the Stator ) I twice ended up getting towed back in.
Just when I thought I had fixed it all, I decided to take it to Southend on Saturday to give it a try to be greeted by a suspension unit snapping on the trailer on the way there and having to be taken home by the AA. I have decided to replace the whole suspension both sides ( including HUBS, bearings and wheels etc ). The parts for this arrived this morning which I hope will fit. If all goes well I should have it all completed by the end of the weekend, although the old suspension unit is all bent up and is proving a pain to remove because it is covering up the nuts underneath. Luckily, none of the chassis was damaged.
I seem to have problems getting spares for this trailer and a lot of the trailer places say they refuse to deal with SNIPE anymore. Eventually I measured up the suspension unit as best as I could and orderd it all from www.trailerpartswarehouse.co.uk
which I hope will fit.