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Old 19 September 2012, 02:42   #1
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Nav lights

Hi I am buying a 5m rib which has an A frame but no Nav lights. I don't want to start trailing wires through the boat if I can help it. I see you can get battery run nav lights that are good for 9 hrs. I see myself only using them a few times on longer journeys. Any advice as to these lights or if fitting proper ones is really that difficult?
I would be grateful for any help on this matter.
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Old 19 September 2012, 06:13   #2
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Hi. I have recently put nav lights on my Rib.
fairly simple

run 2 pairs of wires from your switches. one to the port and starboard and one to the white anchor light so you can independantly switch on/off nav and anchor lights.

battery ================switch====================nav port+ starboard.
battery =================switch===================anchor

or you could run some 3 core. eg

battery (+ nav)------------------sw--------------------port+stb------|
( + anchor)--------------sw---------------------anchor-------|
(- return )----------------------------------------------------|

make sense.
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Old 19 September 2012, 06:51   #3
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Thank you that has been a great help. Adam
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Hi I am buying a 5m rib .......I don't want to start trailing wires through the boat if I can help it.......
I guess from this you don't want trip hazard central on your deck?

Does the boat have an under deck duct for the steering / throttle / gear cables? If so, problem solved. If not, you probably already have a steering, a throttle, a gear and remote electrics cables running between the transom & the console. You may also have two huge battery cables and a fuel hose.

Find your nearest electrical store (Big B&Qs might do it too) and buy yourself a suitable length of "Copex". 30mm (the biggest I've found "off the shelf") will usually take three of the battery / control cables. push the other two through the other run along with the nav lights cable. Put one copex down either side of your steering bowden & tiewrap them in place. It's the tidiest deck run you will get without spending something like £40/m on the "official big bore" stuff. (and it sits flatter, so is less of a trip hazard! )

A bit like this:
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I am hoping to pick it up next week from a brokers. I have looked at several so far and all have the cables down the right side. The rib is a Zodiac pro 9 man if you know the layout.
I just hope the boat is as advertised as I will be going 100miles to pick it up.
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I am hoping to pick it up next week from a brokers. I have looked at several so far and all have the cables down the right side. The rib is a Zodiac pro 9 man if you know the layout.
I just hope the boat is as advertised as I will be going 100miles to pick it up.
Where is it advertsed?
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Wolf rock. I have read several good comments on this forum and only the odd negative one.
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i have pro 500 and got it from them, never had a problem with purchase or delivery( i met them half way) when i had a dickie relay for motor tilt they sorted it next day. Lovely guys. Enjoy your zodiac!
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Thank you it's a relief to hear positive feedback.
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I have the smaller pro being the 420 and a friend also has a 420. His came from wolf rock at start of last season and had no issues at all. He had it delivered based on good reviews of the company and the fact it was a 6 hour drive each way and is still very pleased.

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That's really good news. Thank you for letting me know.
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The Pro 470 doesn't have under-deck trunking as far as I'm aware. The cables come out of the console at the starboard side and run along the side of the hull/sponson to the engine, etc. Certainly the case with the 420. Makes life a lot easier than hauling cables under the deck.

Would be worth wiring it, rather than batteries in the lights. Just did the same on a Ribcraft 4.8, but lights are in console not A-frame.
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. The rib is a Zodiac pro 9 man.
What would be your primary requirements of this rib?
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I would be using it for exploring more of the coast. I would like to visit the Scillies eventually and do some of the rib challengers but I would need to have all the correct safety kit first. I the short term I will be getting use to how it feels and copes with different sea states. My play ground will be Falmouth bay. So I will just wave at the MCA if I have problems!
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I would be using it for exploring more of the coast. I would like to visit the Scillies eventually and do some of the rib challengers but I would need to have all the correct safety kit first. I the short term I will be getting use to how it feels and copes with different sea states. My play ground will be Falmouth bay. So I will just wave at the MCA if I have problems!
Just to point out, the Zodiac Pro isn't exactly an offshore tool. More of a harbour to beach inshore runabout. The bench seat, shallow vee etc. will not exactly do the job other than in fairly benign conditions.
Before splashing any cash, prob best to run your requirements and budget past the boys on this site and get some recommends.
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Hi they were my concerns! After looking at nearly every rib either on YouTube, Rib Mags and the Internet over the past 4 years I know the likes of Ribcraft,Avon,Humber etc are far better in the rough stuff.
A really good one would be close to 10k upwards for a 4.8 to 5m that is out of my budget for a while. I am hoping the Zodiac is better in the sea than my Honwave if it isn't O dear. I am looking to go out in reasonably conditions but with the hope it could manage a 1m chop if necessary. Please if you think even that would be a challenge for it than let me know.
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A really good one would be close to 10k upwards for a 4.8 to 5m
Nope, you could do fine for £6-7k.

That sort of budget would get you a nice 4.7m Avon Searider (Ribnet favourite small rib ) or 4.8 Ribcraft.
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Thank you. I will have another search around and see what's there. It's a tidy good nick Zodiac but useless if I can only play on sunny days in the summer.
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Thank you. I will have another search around and see what's there. It's a tidy good nick Zodiac but useless if I can only play on sunny days in the summer.
Zodiac and Avon live by their name. Both still build superb commercial/military spec. boats, but the leisure stuff is now very, well leisurely.
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