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Old 30 November 2014, 04:08   #21
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Cracking write up on the F-Rib Philpot. 🚣

After viewing the legendary bombard two weeks ago,at Pennine marine, I can honestly say..
"I wouldn't swap my honwave for one. "
For my use, that floor would be totally unsuitable. As the nipper grows older, I might think differently, but then again... Why buy a bombard when the f-rib ticks more boxes?

The f-rib, that looks superb and manageable too.

Dare I say "a few folk might even look at the expensive & over rated (IMO) bombard in a different light now"
It'll be interesting to see how pennine's sales go, they're a zodiac dealer at the moment.

For hose who haven't been to Pennine marine that live local, it's worth a visit.
I bought my outboard from there. The owners a cracking chap, it's a pleasant place too.
Good luck with the F - Rib 👍👍👍
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Old 30 November 2014, 06:28   #22
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Excellent write up. Look forward to hearing more.
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Old 30 November 2014, 11:19   #23
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Dare I say "a few folk might even look at the expensive & over rated (IMO) bombard in a different light now"
It'll be interesting to see how pennine's sales go, they're a zodiac dealer at the moment.
I wouldn't get too carried away. It's going to be a long while before there are enough used F-boats on the market to make any difference to the Aerotec's popularity on RIBnet. I don't know who buys them new, but I'm pretty sure they are a very smal minority round here!
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Old 30 November 2014, 11:32   #24
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Very nice report and pics Phil the F rib looks nice and solid and the price look right too. It will be interesting to see if they become popular in the near future and I personally don't see why not

p.s. I think that you should post a report of your own design anchor hub on here too
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Old 30 November 2014, 11:59   #25
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Very nice report and pics Phil the F rib looks nice and solid and the price look right too. It will be interesting to see if they become popular in the near future and I personally don't see why not

p.s. I think that you should post a report of your own design anchor hub on here too
You think so ??
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You think so ??
Most definitely
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Old 30 November 2014, 12:40   #27
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Folding RIB first impressions part one

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II don't know who buys them new, but I'm pretty sure they are a very smal minority round here!

"Ok guv fair cop" Hands up, it was me who acquired a new Aerotec earlier this year. Couldn't stomach all this aggro with the glued seams disintegrating after a few years! Despite the hype, price, and whacky internal deck profile they do provide a unique performance ride in the sib world. Sadly in grey (cheaper) so obviously not as fast as the red ones! But with the added bonus it doesn't explode in the sun.
I am also seriously considering an F-Rib 375 but won't be parting with the Aerotec, as I imagine they are totally are different animals. I fancy a solid hull inflatable to maintain speed when towing teenage kneeboarders in North Sea chop! I do realise the F-Rib does not have a deep v hull and is likely to be a bit of a tank slapper when pushed - not too concerned on comfort but more interested in transom rigidity. The relatively hard chines should also provide a bit more bite in the turns.
Anyway, if I end with both, I'll be well qualified to make a valid comparison. Something tells me though, this will not be the demise of the Aerotec. Has Biggy been on the water in one?😎
PS. Might have to get rid of the alumin. floor Zodiac 3.5 though. 😪
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Old 30 November 2014, 16:55   #28
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Great review and photos Philpot and it’s answered some of my questions I’ve been pondering over the past few months researching these boats with a view to possibly buy in the future once I’ve had a visit to SBS at their Southampton site to take a closer look/maybe trial.

My present ‘good all rounder’ set up covers my needs of being able to transport, lift and launch on my own whether it be from my bunk trailer or folded up in the bag which is 90% of the time, so weight is a major factor. The 360RF fits my needs here at 48kg but rules out the 375RF weighing in at 62kg (gulp) making it nigh impossible for this aging old fart to lift in and out of my truck, the 20hp 52kg Twatsoo kills me!

Although the 360 will be 20cm shorter than my current sib the internal dimensions are not that far apart and will still cope with my sea fishing, carry our family of 5, tow a ringo, kneeboard whilst away in our caravan.

I tend to ‘boat’ all year round and have missed the ‘feel’ of a solid hull that I had on my previous boat, so this seems to fit the criteria perfectly.

The only negatives I can think of are:
1. “drain holes between the sections for water to pass through”. I had similar drain holes on my previous craft which would block very easily from debris, requiring cleaning out with a piece of wire or air line regularly which was a PITA.
2. If the 360 only has the 1 locking bolt in the front hull section and doesn’t appear to have a second to lock the longer remaining sections together, they must rely on the tubes to give them rigidity. If so this could give way to flexing of the hull despite the interlocking profiles.
3. Investigation of the transom performance/durability with a view of using the boat towing kneeboards etc.

Looking forward to future updates regarding your new purchase Philpot, in the meantime ENJOY!!
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Old 30 November 2014, 17:00   #29
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I am due to speak to Steve Bruce in the next couple of days and will bring up your concerns and post feedback.

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I am due to speak to Steve Bruce in the next couple of days and will bring up your concerns and post feedback.

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Nice one Phil and looking forward to seeing one in the flesh
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