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Old 15 August 2011, 06:14   #1
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After a couple of years having water leaking into the anchor locker, I decided to have a looky see what the problem was. After removing the 8 s/steel screws the whole hatch lid & frame came out of the hole in the deck with the easiest of tugs. The bead of sealant was virtually non-existent & not continuous around the frame. The holes for the screws were not sealed & the icing on the cake was the raw edge of the hole, exposing the ply wood under the GRP. The ply was water logged & showing signs of delaminating. After a couple of weeks of drying out, I've now sealed the cut edges of ply with a good dose of West Epoxy & sealed & refitted the hatch. I had a Bailey hatch fitted in the deck at the stern for my through hull transducer, that has now had the same treatment. You can see from the photos, they made a cracking job of cutting the hole in the deck

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ee lad, tha can't educate pork
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Old 15 August 2011, 08:55   #2
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Good job you didn't leave it for another couple of years P.D. It'd bloody annoying when just for the sake of putting a bit of sikaflex down where it should be, I think its a case of if you can't see it it doesn't matter.

I'm going out to get a tube of sikaflex myself, I undid the bung on my rib and a builders bucket full of water came out." Rain water at that". I took out the screws holding the bench seat down and only six out of twenty screws had sealant on them. Argggh
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You really should keep your rib in the garage.....
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You can see from the photos, they made a cracking job of cutting the hole in the deck
You have no idea how long he had to practice to get a line that straight!
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Good job you didn't leave it for another couple of years P.D. It'd bloody annoying when just for the sake of putting a bit of sikaflex down where it should be, I think its a case of if you can't see it it doesn't matter.

I'm going out to get a tube of sikaflex myself, I undid the bung on my rib and a builders bucket full of water came out." Rain water at that". I took out the screws holding the bench seat down and only six out of twenty screws had sealant on them. Argggh
Kerny, you should be kicking off with that, it's not even been in the water!!
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This was a Ribcraft fitment? Not an add on after delivery?
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Kerny, you should be kicking off with that, it's not even been in the water!!
92 mile round trip, I might as well do it myself. But yes your right.
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You really should keep your rib in the garage.....
Ouch!! that hurt
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Ouch!! that hurt
sorry...but back on subject, the MAIB a report on a incident about screws and not using proper glue to secure seats to the boat causing accident...

I would at least verbally give them hassle, trading standards etc...

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This was a Ribcraft fitment?
Sure was, this is just one of a long list of things I've had to put right.

I know I should kick off, but TBH I can't be ar5ed. It's a 600mile round trip for me & it's easier to do it myself. At least I know it's been done right. It just pi55es me off that I have to do it on a £30K+ boat from a manufacturer that's supposed to be one of the best around. But that seems to be the way the world works these days, oh hummm
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sorry...but back on subject, the MAIB a report on a incident about screws and not using proper glue to secure seats to the boat causing accident...

I would at least verbally give them hassle, trading standards etc...

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The seat is securely fitted, it won't budge even with the screws out as it has been bedded down on a bead of sikaflex. Whoever fitted it just forgot to add some to most of the screw holes.
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Hi Dave

No not great on our part so please accept our apologies, theyíre supposed to be well staged in and certainly the boards sealed. The hatches are trimmed in by the fitters and the correct method is below, they obviously didnít do a great job with the sealant on your boat. If you would like me to supply an over sized hatch to trim in or some sikaflex, please drop me a line. Also with any other issue youíve experienced as Iíve no record of anything on file here.

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Are Ribcraft losing their reputation for quality products? I'm thinking of the 'cracked transom light pole threat' and now this. Or are these isolated incidents that any manufacturer that produces their volume of boats slips up on from time to time?
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Are Ribcraft losing their reputation for quality products? I'm thinking of the 'cracked transom light pole threat' and now this. Or are these isolated incidents that any manufacturer that produces their volume of boats slips up on from time to time?
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Are Ribcraft losing their reputation for quality products? I'm thinking of the 'cracked transom light pole threat' and now this. Or are these isolated incidents that any manufacturer that produces their volume of boats slips up on from time to time?
I thought the cracked transom was Humber

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Hope not, it's going to ruin this thread

I'll check

Strewth....
http://www.rib.net/forum/f8/not-a-ha...all-39859.html

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No not great on our part so please accept our apologies, they’re supposed to be well staged in and certainly the boards sealed. The hatches are trimmed in by the fitters and the correct method is below, they obviously didn’t do a great job with the sealant on your boat. If you would like me to supply an over sized hatch to trim in or some sikaflex, please drop me a line. Also with any other issue you’ve experienced as I’ve no record of anything on file here.

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Hi Jason, hopefully the problem is cured now, I just hope that I've got all the water out of the ply. I might take you up on the oversize hatch / Sika & make it a winter project just to be sure. As for the other problems, speak to Charlie. He had the boat back for a week, about a month after delivery, for a list of snagging issues.
Re the fitting of the hatch, mine's nothing like your photos, the non-slip floor finish was still in place & the hatch was just plonked on top. It hasn't been ground back at all, as you can see from the photos.
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Re the fitting of the hatch, mine's nothing like your photos, the non-slip floor finish was still in place & the hatch was just plonked on top. It hasn't been ground back at all, as you can see from the photos.
Over to you Jace. Somerset have produced some good spinners over the years, get some spin on this one.
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