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Old 19 September 2014, 03:52   #11
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I realise I was talking about the wrong kind of rib above, but I think this one will have similar problems.

Although it has a little V at the bow the rest of the hull looks flat. Its going to slam like mad and I doubt it will perform better than a good sib.
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Old 19 September 2014, 03:55   #12
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Oh ok, I'll give them a miss then as 3.5k is a lot for anything less than near perfection
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Old 19 September 2014, 04:22   #13
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Nice idea, BUT that hull is flatter than my Arotec and watching the video of the Rushan setting up buy the lake, bring up the real world of setting up as he opens it up and gets the bag pinched in the hull as it opens out + think about having to be carefull of not getting dirt grit or stones trapped in the hull joints as it opens up! I like how they have fitted the seats on side rails not all bad
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Old 19 September 2014, 06:36   #14
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I do see downsides but to be fair to them the 3.3/3.6 are priced just either side of 2500.

"Performance" is a broad word too.

From experience of similar hulls on GRP boats I'd expect they would plane quickly and give good speed and economy for any given outboard size. They should also be free of the cavitation/ventilation/flex issues sometimes suffered by flat airfloors and (as long as the floor is decent quality) they should feel much more solid to be in.

For me a worry might be if the join would have any tendency to open up (even fractionally) in bumpy weather and also the way they fold makes quite a big box type shape which may be much harder to fit into the car than just the compactly packed airfloor or even an alloy floor with the separate boat/flooring packs.
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I asked about these a while back but didn't get much feedback.

Folding RIB?
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Old 19 September 2014, 18:59   #16
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For me I think it would fit the bill very well as I am not really going into rough waters, I want the boat for fishing in both fresh water and sea with family trips on the Humber and local rivers. I agree the package is a different size to my Excel 330 but to be honest I could live with that and I have been thinking of a camping type trailer to put the sib in so these craft would be no different.
Both the Winboat and the F-Rib appear to be the same size, weight, assembly etc, so I assume the same manufacturer is making both.
The price is much higher than my Excel but similar to Zodiac prices and I have been in touch with Nestaway, who are handling the F-Rib to establish if there are any boats near me to have a close look at but all the sib/ribs are on the South coast so I will wait until some come closer to home.
I take on board the possible downside comments but confess they have great appeal to me and seriously look to be on the cards for a future purchase. I will be much happier with a solid floor than the air floor I have but not wanting the messing around with ali floors. These boats are certainly quick to set up, comparable to my sib and a hell of a lot faster than aluminium floors.

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Old 20 September 2014, 01:50   #17
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Both the Winboat and the F-Rib appear to be the same size, weight, assembly etc, so I assume the same manufacturer is making both.
Correct. The F-boat is a rebadged Winboat.
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Old 20 September 2014, 06:32   #18
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Have you given them a prod? I wonder how strong the floor seems? Like a proper grp boat or a sort of plastic tray?

I wonder what size boat is folded on the pallet... it looks a neat package if it's a 3.3 or 3.6.

One issue I think I can see is any water shipped will stay in the 3 separate floor areas and be harder to bail out.
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Old 20 September 2014, 06:53   #20
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I must admit this was something I am very curious about because the weight at 43kg for the 3.3 is exactly the same as my Excel 3.3 air floor so is the skin very thin, does it have strengthening strips down the sections. Looking at the blurb, you can also have Hypalon instead of PVC which will of course take the weight up.

Go on Whisper, give it a prod and tell us how tough those floor section are----------I really want to know !!!!!

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