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Old 21 July 2015, 08:51   #1
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Folding Rib

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I'm not happy with my inflatable floor Sib, not matter what I do I can't get the floor feel solid.

I've decided I need a F-RIB. Does anyone own one?

I'm looking at the 360 or 375. Are they really what they are cracked up to be? Do you feel safe going out to sea on it?

I do hear overall they are far easier and quicker to set up than my SIB

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Old 21 July 2015, 09:37   #2
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A member on here philpot, i think his name was. Had one and seemed to rave about it, have you tried a search?
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Hi Calibra,
A few people have them on here, Philpot has the 330 I believe, and Wozizname has a 360.

I've been in the 375 and with a 20hp went like the proverbial. I was very impressed but had a few very small concerns of my own that the owners don't share.

There was a very long thread here Folding RIB first impressions part one that philpot wrote.

There are also youtube videos (in 3 parts:
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John K also said that he was organising a comparison between the bombard and the f-rib although I never saw the results. Try doing a search on here and Google and loads turns up on them.
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A member on here philpot, i think his name was. Had one and seemed to rave about it, have you tried a search?
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I started going thought the thread named Folding RIB first impressions part one but there is loads of things to go through lol

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Hi Calibra,
A few people have them on here, Philpot has the 330 I believe, and Wozizname has a 360.

I've been in the 375 and with a 20hp went like the proverbial. I was very impressed but had a few very small concerns of my own that the owners don't share.
Thanks for the videos. I don't know how I missed those on you tube.
Off to watch them now
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The videos make it look flat, it certainly wasn't.

The f-rib cut right through the chop and there was no water inside at all. I on the other hand had a permanent inch of brine swishing around my ankles!

The feeling of the hard hull vs the fabric hull was amazing. It was so slippery in comparison and you barely needed any throttle to move.
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John K also said that he was organising a comparison between the bombard and the f-rib although I never saw the results. Try doing a search on here and Google and loads turns up on them.
I had planned to do a group test to include an F-RIB, Ribeye TS370, Highfield CL380 as well as an Aerotec and possibly a couple of other inflatables.

Steve Bruce who imports the F-RIB was really keen and although Ribeye and Highfield initially said they would take part they unfortunately pulled out which put paid to the idea.

I haven't got round to doing anything with F-RIB yet but if any of the Aerotec owners here fancy a day playing with an F-RIB in the Solent I am sure that Steve would be up for it. He's based at Hamble Point Marina and contact details are on his web site Home
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Aww that's a shame. Would have loved to find out more about the highfield CL380!
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Me too. I think those little lightweight ali RIBs have a lot of potential as a step up from an inflatable. I don't know anyone who's actually used one though.
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