Im no expert but are you?I speak to those that I believe have the lots of experiance on there respective subjects and take there advice on ribs and engines and RCD.
As you can own a car for 20yrs but it doesnt make you an expert car builder or indeed a good machanic or bodyworker.
On ribs there a only a few that Ipersonaly rate there oppinion on who usualy have done a lot of sea of miles.,So are qualified in my oppinon by experiance, ,or builders or marine engineers and people in the Trade that I rate as telling me the truth and have used the products for some time ect.
Pete 7 there are unfortunatly regs for fuel systems to comply with RCD and workboat practice ribs
Its not my fault if your not aware of them?,It is my oppinion that a simmilar boat to yours with the present set up will not easily in my oppinion a cat B rcd ticket cos it may not conform to the Iso12217 stability standards withought a lot of expence and or modificatons.
So in my oppinon one should take your advice with a certain amount of caution as with many posters as were are not experts but just trying to help others make costly mistakes.
The reason for my comments is that i am aware of a 7.5 mtr boat had difficulty passing the freeboard requirments so a 6.5 will also have even more difficulty,as I have seen one fail with a heavy big diesel and gearbox and jet in her.If you know of any ribs simmilar to yours with the same inboard engine configuraton as you are fitting that has a cat B ce mark for offshore use then good luck,but yours will have to be the same to comply fully.
As I said at This stage I am not aware of exctly what the fuel regs are for offshore craft, but I am aware that for a rib contemplating accomodation the regs are different again on spec,I need to be aware as I am importing a rib into this country that needs to comply with all associated regulation for both workboat code and RCD cat b.When I am aware of the regs re fuel I may post them as it may be of use to those that are contemplating fitting out there own boat.
As far as going down to lymington and buyng a 50 k Scorpian I am of the vew that this does not represent to me a good investment long term as I wanted a cabin rib and there are other cheaper options that I would go for,if I wanted an open rib long term.
I speak not from yrs of rib experiance but from a punters perspective who has owned different boats for over 25 yrs and therefore gets advce and doesnt like what I believe is sometimes a blinkerd view as to what is a good value or handling boat/engine combination, from those that own one or have one in bits or believe they know cos they have been on one for maybe short period of time period,or have purchased one to sell.
But a rib is like any commodity in that there are pluses and minuses to most decsisions and therefore I stand bye my advice for advising any new purchaser to think carefully about RCD and there ramificatons.
My advice is dont go by a second hand work boat if you want to use it for pleasure use offshore and it is built afer 1998 unless you have specilist advice or can do the work becouse your very skilled to the standard required or it is used as a recreationl craft with CE marking of a cat b today.If your wanting to go offshore for a number of yrs to come.
I apprecate if you own one then it may be a little annoying
I personaly have and made my choices and I am happy,I have no view on Brit/European Manufactures/USA as all can produce good and bad boats in my oppinion.
I am not sure what you mean about factual accuracy can you explain ? on another thread.
I HAVE EXPLAINED MY VIEWS ON THIS SUBJECT AND I APPOLOGISE FOR GOING OFF THREAD JW.
But not for my views there is nothing I have heard yet that will change my mind so why dont you give up trying and we can all have a rest. from RCD
As an update to this theme for pete 7 as requested some legisation that exists
To be accurate I am not sure how up to date it is as there maybe changes to the iso standardes for 2003 for fuel instalations.
even if the boat isnt going to be for sale within 5 yrs it is in my oppinon useful to consider the regs.
And for those who think there are no rules for workboats see http://www.mcga.gov.uk/survey/code_vessel/index.htm
and pick your code.
I am not saying I like rules what I am saying is ignorance isnt bliss,or it could cost you IMHO.
To tell you what the rules are for your paticular fuel instalation will cost me money therefore,its the owners responsibility to try and conform or dont sell for 5 yrs for RCD or as a workboat get it coded or you could be in deep gaga and for coding you will need to comply.
Unless your running a good old workboat around for leisure use and not contemplating going offshore in the a few yrs time and being insured,as it may be dificult to find unless your maybe prepared to pay a big premium ,To clarifie offshore Im talking 20 miles+ and night time use,For me Irish Sea?
My final word on this is dont totaly disregard them cos others do,The world would be a bad place if we all thought the same and Im am not saying the rules are all right ,some are some arnt ,but it is going in that direction and anybody who knows me will confirm I am no rule lover for sure.