Look forward to Knapdale Fenlander
Im sure you will enjoy the F-Rib JRZ. You will certainly know all the good the bad and the ugly points of this one. I am writing an honest review on everything .. I dont sell them.. and I bought this one ..no discount or freebies either. But I am still 100% delighted with her.
In the same way that I was a bit over enthusiastic thinking that I could easily carry the F-Rib ..in my arms..across a 100m rocky shore .. I think the advertisement which says ... “CAN be folded into an impressive size of 34” x 36” x 18” is a bit optimistic too.
It was certainly that size when delivered.. but unless you like spending time sucking every last gasp of air out tubes..then wrapping neat parcels .. I suggest you give yourself another inch ..perhaps two inch.. on all dimensions.. which is still impressive for a 2.75meter RIB.
Im a man who likes a quick deflate after a days graft.. followed by a fold and tuck..so wont spend time trying to get the F-Rib small enough to perfectly fit its straight jacket. The Guppy’s package looks like the Incredible Hulk busting out his tight shirt.
I have no problem moving it on my DIY transom dolly.. even in a folded state. You even get a spare strap in the carrier holdall.. perhaps its intended as a compression strap..but it is handy to strap it to the trolley dolly.
Hmm..looking at the side view of it .. .perhaps I now know why I was counting Guppies instead of sheep ..trying to get to sleep...last night ?
Although a little oversized ..due to my poor packing process..it fits in my car ..no problem..and the bunk I sleep on has plenty room too. I take the rear seats out during summer months..so plenty room behind the boat for outboards..dollys.. duckboards and a big box of misc boating gear.. so for me ..it get another 100% for portability .. considering it is an almost 3m long RIB.
However ..for those of you who are OCD about their boats ..keep in mind..it is a gel coated hull..and as such will get scratches along the keel. If you don’t like that..best keep to SIBs. I have a few marks from only a handful of days working on it on the concrete slabs. It doesn’t bother me as I have had a few gel coated hardshell boats in the past.. and they all do the same. I have kept strips of PVC from my retired Seago..and will glue them onto the keel at a later date.. for protection..as I know I will haul her ass up barnacled beaches...without wheels or other protection.
I started painting the duck boards a nice guppy grey last night ..but things got a bit messy..so will finish them today.