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Old 31 December 2012, 17:45   #11
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Rope reel placment

Could really use some ideas for what type of top this should have and any inspiration pictures as well
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Old 01 January 2013, 14:28   #12
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Very cool. I was wondering about the purpose of the swing up jockey seats until I saw the location of the cargo hatch. Now it makes sense.

With regard to the floor mounted recessed cargo rails, I usually see them used on their sides (eg. interior sidewalls of cargo trucks, etc.) Do you foresee any issues with trying to keep the rails from clogging up with mud or other debris?
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Old 01 January 2013, 14:39   #13
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Plastic Rails

The cargo rails have plastic caps that cover them when they are not being used so no dirt fills them.
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Old 01 January 2013, 23:33   #14
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Ryan - I like the drawings, a lot of thought is going into the layout.

Is there any way to move the console further aft to help reduce operator fatigue, even on a small RIB like the 730, every foot farther back that you can stand is helpful.

I used the track system like you are proposing many years ago on a boat, the problem was that all of the connector fittings that engage the track and act as d-rings eventually have their workings corrode and have to be thrown away, that's why the tried and true flush-folding d-ring works out so well on the deck of a boat.

I have actually gone to a 1/2" threaded insert on my boats now. They're pretty well flush with the deck and I can thread several different types of fittings and hold-downs into them when needed.

Here's one with a 1/2" nylon protector threaded in....keeps the water and debris out of the holes;

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Good feed back thanks

Thanks for your feedback. I have assumed i will need to sacrifice the fittings every 12 months. Do you have a suplier for your fittings and receivers? We really need to have a tool free option for our decks. You have any more details you can share with your ooptions?
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New scaled layout profile

This is a scaled side view of the boat with all build components minus top.
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Old 02 January 2013, 17:57   #17
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Sorry, all I see is green (with envy)

I was excited that i cut the front off my console to free up some deck space but now that seems so lame ....

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Ryan - I thought that I'd also occasionally replace the fittings or keep spares, none of which seemed to pan out when I needed to tie something down while underway and all I could find were rusted fittings :-)

Anyway, we make our own tie-down fittings now; basically a piece of 1" stainless all-thread, parted off in 3" lengths, drilled & tapped for 1/2x20 with a 3/16" thick x 3" dia. stainless flange welded on the top.

Drill a 1" hole in the deck, bedding compound under the flange, drop the all-thread through and come up from the bottom with a backing plate and 1" nylock.

Here's a few pics of the tie-down fittings, the latest version doesn't have the counter-sunk holes on the flange, they proved to be overkill...







For most tie-down jobs, I thread a forged eyebolt into the fitting, hand tight, no tools needed, no moving parts to corrode;



I do have some specialized fittings that I can thread in for special jobs related to my industry.

Now, some of the items that I need to secure on deck weigh 6,000 or 7,000 pounds, so the 1/2" works good for me, the items that you'll be securing are significantly smaller, so you might be able to fabricate a similar system using 1/4" fittings and eyebolts.
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I have a fabricator buddy who makes truck beds. He makes tie downs that are a captured vertical rectangular loop that you can pull up to hook on to and drops flush when not in use. There is space enough for dirt and such to drop through so it would need to be able drain below. All the farm boys he sells to like them a lot. He cuts it all on his CNC plasma cutter so I bet they could be done in stainless. Just another idea.

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Jason, any chance you can score some pics? Thanks for the ideas guys keep them coming.
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