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Old 05 May 2015, 18:01   #191
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>>>linking is helpful

Oh yes just noticed Biggy has the link in his sig few posts above.
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Old 06 May 2015, 00:30   #192
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Did I miss some spat? Did the Admins here ban this folding craft? I see some names on the new forum that also exist here so I hope someone can explain.
I was a bit surprised too, but there's definitely nothing against folding RIBs here.
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Old 06 May 2015, 01:36   #193
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Is anyone going to post the actual reviews here though? I too don't belong to any other RIB/SIB forums (was not aware of them but haven't looked TBH). The size of the topic here was pretty impressive so there must be a lot of interest?
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Old 06 May 2015, 02:00   #194
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There will be more here shortly because I'm sorting out a back-to-back group test next month.

It's been a long time coming but I'm hoping we'll manage to put together an interesting lineup. I'll post more about it when I've got a bit more confirmed.
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Old 06 May 2015, 02:30   #195
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I must say your avatar is very life-like.
Did someone produce it from an actual photo?
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Old 06 May 2015, 02:31   #196
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There will be more here shortly because I'm sorting out a back-to-back group test next month.

It's been a long time coming but I'm hoping we'll manage to put together an interesting lineup. I'll post more about it when I've got a bit more confirmed.
Could you let me know when the date is set John as I would try to get down if possible.

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Old 07 May 2015, 05:09   #197
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I will be in the area where theres a dealer next week. I will take a full video, no cut scenes of the setup process and record all the issues and fixes. I am currently a sib owner. The main things i will be looking at is movement from and to vehicle vehicle due to weight, put together and break down times. I am also concerned about the material that attaches the hull together, is it pvc or rubber what is it? Is it glued to the hull? Is the hull made out of plastic or fiberglass? If he will water test it. I want to see it cut chop. How good is it in shallow water? Meaning how much water is needed for it to float. This is important to the lake fishermen who would like this.
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Old 07 May 2015, 05:27   #198
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I was personally very impressed by it, it was very dry, and stable.
My concerns were the joins (chaffing from sand/stones etc) and light weight means not much fibreglass so had concerns over the durability of the hull.

That said it was a cracking ride, went like stink and if it wasn't the price of a highfield CL380 would consider getting one. My reasons for the highfield CL380 are that I don't make use of the folding aspect, but do enjoy the lightweight and transom wheels.

There are quite a few people who now own them and they seem very happy with them indeed.
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Folding RIB first impressions part one

Theres nothing wrong with them IMO.
Weimed, perhaps if you ask the f-rib users on the f-rib site to do a video for you, I'm sure they'll oblige.
They're all going to be glued at some point, difference in manufacturer won't make any difference.
The heat in USA or the heat in Spain, it's the same heat, the same U.V isn't it ?


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Old 07 May 2015, 08:24   #200
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Theres nothing wrong with them IMO.
Weimed, perhaps if you ask the f-rib users on the f-rib site to do a video for you, I'm sure they'll oblige.
They're all going to be glued at some point, difference in manufacturer won't make any difference.
The heat in USA or the heat in Spain, it's the same heat, the same U.V isn't it ?


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"difference in manufacturer won't make any difference."
i disagree with that statement. Different manufactures use different glue and different PVC material and thickness. As to frib aka Winboat (same manufacturer) might use cheap chinese glue which will fail within couple years. And it does not matter uk or usa glue is glue. Salt water is Salt water. Has anyone owned this boat for 2 years? The answer is no so you cannot possibly say the boat is durable. I do not want to be negative but this boat is probably made by 5 russians in a shop drinking vodka and eating Sala (russian for bacon or lard). I am russian speak it and was born there. Once again i am not knocking the boat i am just saying there is not enough evidence out there to support durability of the boat (to support the $3000 price tag). One other person mention little rocks getting into the areas where you connect the hull which is a red flag because if you do not see them when putting it together, you can damage the hull and cause little cracks, dents or holes.
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