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Old 31 May 2004, 19:57   #1
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I am having a Rib coded and the surveyor has told me he expects to see 300 mm of Freeboard and 250 mm at the transom. Now I am presuming that the Gunwhale on a rib is at the top of the tubes so the sides are OK but the transom is much lower than 250 .

I have been looking at a lot of other ribs and I can't see any of them meeting this spec. I also don't understand why this is required !
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Stu, I think you will find the coding agencies have some discresion here, afterall an Atlantic 21 doesn't have a transom above deck height and no one is going to argue that they are not sea worthy.

Alternatively you could raise the transom with a fillet and use an extra long engine.

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Thanks Pete, i am gonna have to argue it out

We have already had a strange conversation where he requested I supply scales with a digital readout to measure the ballast , and I said why can't we use plastic 25 litre drums and fill em with water cos that's gonna weigh 25 kilos. he accepted the logic but didn't seem to happy about it
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Alternatively you could raise the transom with a fillet
That would be a despicable waste of good food!
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Stu, I would go and find a different surveyor. It sounds like your's may be lacking in common sense.

Get hold of a surveyor who has coded a P22 and your transom will look huge to him

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i am gonna have to argue it out
Yep, a lot of these surveyors seem unsure how to apply the regs to ribs as they don't consider the top of the tube to be the freeboard. Speak to Jonno as the school boats were coded recently so he'll be able to give you the gen. Strangely enough, my positively dangerous med style rib with its self draining deck and sportsboat type transom easily meets the criteria.

Also, if you look carefully, there's a good ladder which is useful to those prone to being ejected from their boats.

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Agree with John, find a different surveyor. We use Savage & Rea via the RYA technical dept.

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Old 02 June 2004, 19:03   #8
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In my mind, it depends on, if you bought this boat with the intention of getting it coded, and adding paying passengers to it ??

there are so many people, that buy a rib, and think, i can make a few squid on the odd trip -- these boats are sometimes not good for the job -- there is a big difference in buying a rib for a blast around the bay, with the wife and kids, and back - and taking a boatload of people out, for an enjoyable experience -- these are the people that are paying per head for the pleasure--and should be treated to the best in safety -- not all boats are made for this, and so cannot be expected to pass all coding requirements -- otherwise i could turn an x reg fiesta into a 6 person taxi? - did you buy this boat with the intention to get it coded? from new, or secondhand.

The freeboard thing -- the boat may sit fine and well with one in it, but with say 8 odd people in it (an extra half ton or so) it will not sit so well and high, and if you go backwards into a big sea with that lot on it gravity may get the better........?

Changing your surveyor is like taking your car to a garage that is 'good with MOT's' and you may get away with it?
At the end of the day it is not only your safety you are dealing with it is other lives as well.............. your choice.
I have had different surveyors do all my boats and i deal with their differences in a safe and passable way......... that is what surveyors and coding is all about .. you have to live with it and pay the financial price to do so,,, otherwise people will get hurt and all will end up on the lifeboat.

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Changing your surveyor is like taking your car to a garage that is 'good with MOT's' and you may get away with it?
To take your analogy a bit further, if your MOT inspector was unfamiliar with your make of car but decided that the steering box was worn and needed replacing it wouldn't be unreasonable to seek a second opinion from someone familar with your particular vehicle.

In this case there are established precendents and surveyors do have a certain amount of discretion. As it happens the surveyor was more than satisfied with the RIB in question.

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You wanna try taking a trike for an MOT then.. Try and find an MOT tester who knows what the feck they're talking about then! Always pays to take a copy of the regs to "point out" the relevant paragraphs..
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