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Old 13 April 2012, 09:07   #11
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Don't forget, got a couple of props here to try out as well.
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Old 14 April 2012, 01:41   #12
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Most RIBs are able to achieve the full range of trim by the outboard alone, so they are not a common sight.
IMO most ribs would benefit from tabs. My 6.5 had an e-tec 150 on the back so was not stern heavy at all, but in the rough being able to really pin down the nose made a very noticeable difference.

Also when you have a heavy load onboard having the tabs is very handy!

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I am prepared to bet a pint that the comfortable cruising speed, in conditions other than calm, will improve
At least 5 knots more !

Nice job Erin ! You mat want to get those tabs stiffened though...

One final word of caution.. If you find yourself out in really shit conditions and are using the tabs just don't forget they are down if you turn round to run with the waves or it could all end in tears !
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Old 14 April 2012, 04:34   #13
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Nice job Erin ! You mat want to get those tabs stiffened though...
I did consider that, but wondered whether this need for stiffening was really genuine or just a form of ribnet Chinese whispers. I suspect someone some time ago though it'd be a good idea and this then became gospel. Not disimilar in my view to having two batteries on a single engine leisure rib - a bit overkill. Time will tell tho'.

Do you actually know anyone who has buckled their tabs?
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Roy Bishop was the Originator of this and yes he did it because he had bent some in the past.

I guess a lot comes down to how you use them and the speed you use them at.
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Nice job

Interesting that you went for the "Lectra" both our's and Chris' are Lenco so time will tell how you get on! Agreed the switch looks nicer!

Re strengthening, it does just provide a little piece of mind knowing how strong they are. I have even found them useful for climbing up into the boat (not regularly, just when necessary) and it makes the transom access route much easier I think. With these physically large sized engines, the cowling extends out so far either side that climbing up the skeg is hard I find.

Top speed will not increase I don't think. I know Channel Ribs is an opponent of tabs on ribs but we find that they are very very useful. The conclusion of our trials last year resulted in us deciding the engine is slightly too high to be perfect for us but nothing proper trimming can't solve as demonstrated by CR!

I think the most telling thing was on the way back from MtStM last year, we were able to comfortably run at least 5 knots faster than La Frette which I don't think on its own the extra half metre could achieve nor the extra crew of LF. She was certainly bouncing around a lot more in the head on 1.5ft? chop, which for us was not too bad at all.

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I think the most telling thing was on the way back from MtStM last year, we were able to comfortably run at least 5 knots faster than La Frette which I don't think on its own the extra half metre could achieve nor the extra crew of LF. She was certainly bouncing around a lot more in the head on 1.5ft? chop, which for us was not too bad at all.
You'd better watch it Gotchi -
I think Mrs E may have something to say about that next time she sees you.
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So when do we get our consultation fees?
Stupid Boy! I only pay for worthwhile advice....

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You'd better watch it Gotchi -
I think Mrs E may have something to say about that next time she sees you.
She's lookng for her hockey stick as we speak, ready to belt him one.
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She's lookng for her hockey stick as we speak, ready to belt him one.
Please remind her that it was a comment on quantity rather than quality....
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Please remind her that it was a comment on quantity rather than quality....
I'm not sure that actually helps your case
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