New Rib

Tony Davis

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After several months of fecking about by me troops, their rib has finally taken to the water, minus the seats. Bit of a backlog in the upholstery department!
 

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Looks very sexy but where are us RIBsters gonna attach all the essential stuff like radio (& spare), GPS (& spare), depth sounder (& spare) etc? :D :bolt:
 
tony davis said:
After several months of fecking about by me chimps, their rib has finally taken to the water, minus the seats. Bit of a backlog in the upholstery department!
At the speed that you'll be doing in that finely honed powerhouse I would have thought that a couple of deckchairs would suffice! :D
 
Your forgetting that this is a rib built by hardboaters, so there's plenty of room in the r/h console for ambre solaire and a couple of pairs of ray bans!!!
 
Johnny Rocket said:
At the speed that you'll be doing in that finely honed powerhouse I would have thought that a couple of deckchairs would suffice! :D

They did consider that, but the only one's that they could find were striped and the colours clashed. Stidds would be nice, but might blow the budget!!!

Joking aside though, it's still faster than a certain P22!!!!:D :D

And the powerhouse only cost £300!!!!!!!!
 
Being serious for a moment, who is your target market for this? Or is it a one-off? If so, why did the client want a RIB built by a hardboater?
 
Mrs Nobber said:
Being serious for a moment, who is your target market for this? Or is it a one-off? If so, why did the client want a RIB built by a hardboater?

Being serious is not something that I'm very good at, but I'll give it a try.

The rib was built by the guys who work for me, for themselves. It came about through a "challenge" during a lunch break walk about in our yard, when one of them said, "there's not a lot to building a rib", to which one of the yard staff said if they thought it was that easy they should give it a try...

It is, like a large amount of ribs on the market, based on a "hardboat" hull. And is indeed a one off, but there is a possibillity of a few being built for next season, although they would almost certainly have a conventional console.
 
Looks like it will make cool tender for a big boat :D

Have you had a word with the people converting that old Navy ship in the background of your photo?
 
Interesting, Tony - thanks.

Any chance you could give us some more info, particularly tech spec e.g. LOA, beam, tube material, fuel tank size...

Cheers. :up:
 
Brambles said:
Looks like it will make cool tender for a big boat :D

Have you had a word with the people converting that old Navy ship in the background of your photo?

Funny enough, we have been all over the "superyacht" in the background, and it's very impressive. We did talk to a mutual party about the possibillity of supplying tenders for it, but it's unlikely that it will happen.

What's really funny about that is when I visited the boat show at Ocean Village earlier this year, I spoke to at least 4 different rib builders who assured me that they had the job!!!!
 
looks good tony, i could be very interested in one... ill pop and see you as promised
 
Nice looking. Like the concept look of the consoles. Just one insy winsy question if I may? When you "laid the decking" why did you go for that layout and not the traditional "King Plank" type layout and is it TecDek?

OK OK so it was two questions really but, hey!

Cheers, Jono.....:dizzy:
 
tony davis said:
Funny enough, we have been all over the "superyacht" in the background, and it's very impressive. We did talk to a mutual party about the possibillity of supplying tenders for it, but it's unlikely that it will happen.


What can you tell us about the superyacht Tony?

When we first put the rib on a rack in the yard in February it was Navy grey. Since then they appear to have grafted a new stern on the ship & altered a lot of the super structure. Looks like an expensive conversion job.
 
Jono said:
why did you go for that layout and not the traditional "King Plank" type layout and is it TecDek?

OK OK so it was two questions really but, hey!

Cheers, Jono.....:dizzy:

I think they just preffered the look, and it kept the cost down a bit as you buy it by the sq metre! and no, it's flexi teak.
 
Brambles said:
What can you tell us about the superyacht

It used to be HMS Beagle, built by Brooke Marine in Lowestoft in 1968 as a Hydrographic Survey Platform, as well as a tour of duty in the Middle East and Sierra Leone with the Royal Marines. She's 196' long with a 36' beam and has a top speed of 17 knots courtesy of 4 Lister Blackstone 750hp motors.

When fully converted she will become superyacht "Triton" and will cruise the med from its base in Monaco during the summer, and the Caribean in the winter, with 24 guests and 20 crew.
 

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