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Old 17 September 2014, 11:48   #1
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Folding rib

Hi all, have to Ask
Saw some folding ribs at the boat show which looked quite impressive, they caught my eye as it seemed easy to set up compared to a Ali or wood floor, but something is telling me that a folding rib is just wrong, any one owned one?
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Old 17 September 2014, 12:06   #2
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I had one of the Henshaw Tinker foldaway RIBs for a while. It was smaller than the folding RIBs at the show though, and only took a very small outboard.

It worked OK, but was very unwieldy and difficult to carry on my own when folded. I recommend not getting your finger caught in the hinge

With two people to move it I reckon one of the bigger ones might be quite good though, and worth considering as an alternative to an inflatable albeit at a significant price premium.
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Old 17 September 2014, 12:27   #3
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I had the Zodiac/Avon/Bombard 3.1m version. Didnt really rate it. To get it to fold into a nice small bag the hull is very flat, and it slammed in even tiny chop. Single skinned floor felt flimsy and you ended up with wet feet if even a little water got in the bottom. Bag arrangement was neat but IMHO folding ribs of this type give no real advantage over a solid or air floor option.

However I have also tried a Walker Bay 310 folding rib and this was much better, deeper hull, double skinned floor, nice seating arrangement and even an anchor locker. It wasnt as neat in the bag but I would happily buy one of these.
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I had the Zodiac/Avon/Bombard 3.1m version.
That's just a folding transom though. The boats at the show have hulls in 2 or 3 hinged sections.

I agree with you about the 3.1 btw.
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That's just a folding transom though. The boats at the show have hulls in 2 or 3 hinged sections.

I agree with you about the 3.1 btw.

Sorry, my mistake

One of those keeps turning up on Ebay, doesnt seem to have sold.
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I'm sat 10 yards from them!
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This made interesting reading, now on my wish list. Wonder if there is any flex when the boat is fitted with launching wheels and engine mounted. The 330 is the same weight as my Excel SD330 which is amazing.

Nesting, Portable, Folding Boats & Dinghies UK - Nestaway Boats Ltd - F-RIB Folding hull RIBs

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Interesting concept. Expensive but so are the premium inflatables like Futura, Aerotec, Zodiac Classic etc.

Good video... they seem to travel well but I'd like to see one in heavier weather...



Nice HD quality assembly video...

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Thxs for posting the videos, have to say I'm even more tempted, they are expensive and getting hold of a second hand one doesn't seem likely, but a proper rib you can get in your boot seems great as I hate towing and storing a boat and trailer on my drive way,
Think I'll get some saving done and take a plunge around March
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Some impressive youtube footage of them been used with completely deflated tubes.
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