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Old 28 February 2012, 12:29   #21
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Interesting. In the UK most dive RIBs that I have seen and been on have the opposite approach, with the cox position as far forward as possible. Gear and divers mostly go sternwards of the cox, giving the divers and kit an 'easier' ride. Having now made the switch to 'leisure' RIBs I go out in cnditions which would be completely unacceptable to a diving party. The helm position on my boat is further sternwards than any UK dive RIB I have seen. As Ribcraft is a UK company, DiverDMD may get this view given to him.
Yeah I don't know why you sit up there. The cylinders are heavy and don't care if its rough or not. Let them ride on the rough end, I want to ride on the comfortable end.

There are essentially zero RIBs in the States used for commercial scuba charters. A combination of distances to dive sites, market expectations, cost effectiveness, and Coast Guard rules all make different non-RIB vessels for commercial charters much more common. So we are just using these RIBs for our own diving, not customers.
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Old 28 February 2012, 14:24   #22
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Yeah I don't know why you sit up there. The cylinders are heavy and don't care if its rough or not. Let them ride on the rough end, I want to ride on the comfortable end.
Ah, but that is sort of the point. The divers (the important ones ) and the kit get the best ride, and if it is that rough that the cox cannot cope, divers should not be out there.
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Old 28 February 2012, 14:43   #23
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Ah, but that is sort of the point. The divers (the important ones ) and the kit get the best ride, and if it is that rough that the cox cannot cope, divers should not be out there.
Its my boat. I get the comfortable ride, my free-loading guests can sit wherever, cylinders get the worst ride up front...
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Old 29 February 2012, 01:32   #24
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I also find it's easier to kit up in the water. No fighting to maintain balance in swell and chop while gearing up. Not so easy to do with Peter_C's tech gear though.

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I have a SIB, but usually I gear up in the boat, whether using singles or doubles in a BP/W. Well all but one fin, as I find it easier to put my second fin on in the water. Some of my friends throw their gear in the water and kit up there. Either way we keep our gear clipped off when gearing up in case we accidentally let it fall overboard, or to keep it from floating away.

We have a few local ribs that offer dive charters, although they tend to cater to tech divers more than the cattle boat type of diving.
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Biggest Boat with most deck space, oversized tubes, rugged construction, Comercial spec, with the Biggest, newest engine ALL in the Best condition...you can afford, would be my bet!
In the meantime, have a look at the most Rigs you can, you'll soon seperate the Wheat from the Chaff...and maybe a Bargain will pop up.
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Thanks fellows, I really appreciate your inputs......

Happy Ribbing.....
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Old 29 February 2012, 11:12   #27
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Are a pita when you are actually intending to get in and out. Depends on how high they ride in the water but for instance an 18ft Avon with 20" inch tubes is dreadful to muscle your way back in.
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Its my boat. I get the comfortable ride, my free-loading guests can sit wherever, cylinders get the worst ride up front...
I like you, Jack.
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DiverDMD- HAve you selected your pleasure/adventure craft yet?
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I think I have........

I just have to budget for it since it way more than I anticipated.

Thanks for asking.......
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