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Old 20 September 2009, 08:24   #1
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s.i.b anchor box and electrics box pod

some sibbers having had thoughts about having somewhere to mount the fishfinder /gps/ and vhf radio ect ,even the anchor ,,looking at what from the rnli d class s.i.bs are now using ,i thought a i would post a few pics to give some ideas that a few out there could perhaps make or use for themselves, mart
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Old 20 September 2009, 11:51   #2
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That is a great post. Are the long orange tubes on the inside of the boat flexible fuel tanks? Interesting application. I'm also stoked to see the placement of the elephant trunks on the transom. I haven't installed mine on my zodiac yet. For some reason I was thinking they should mount at the floor level, but I'm going to go with a lower install point like the one pictured that will drain water from under my aluminum floor too. Doh! So obvious. Where does the lifting bridle attach to the hull? It looks like the straps are going to the inside of the tubes, are there d rings installed at the floor level there? Is there an advantage to having inner lift points? I have mine running to the transom and to two outer d rings on the tube exterior. Looks like all of the d ring attachment points on this vessel are on not exterior placements. Is this a safety issue or just to keep the tubes as nice bumpers with nothing to scratch or dent another vessel? Always looking to learn more about how the professionals set up.
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Hopefully Mart won't mind me butting in

Yes the orange tubes are fuel tanks.

There are 4 eye bolts inside the boat for lifting. Two are mounted on the transom. You can see the metal backing plates (diamond shaped with 4 black plastic nut covers) in the last photo. The other two are mounted on the forward corners of the main floorboard.

The D class is a weighty beast - lifting eyes on the tubes would put a big strain on them.

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of course i dont mind chris,lol thats what forums are for ,but your right with regards to the lifting strop eye bolts on the inside i think is down to the fact that regulations require a davit launch /recovered rescue boat ,be able to be strong enough to support the boat and crew should it be needed ,with the earlier d class boats the starboard front lifting eye was also used as a strong point for anchoring using a short rope strop about a foot long and a climbing rope[ figure of 8]decender to pay out the anchor line through ,,,.the D rings on the after end of the sponsons are used for towing or when a beach launching trolly is used ,for holding/stopping the boat sliding off ,as the boat is trailed bow first regards mart,,,pic of the old anchor strop ,,and another lower pic of the trunks for mr kelson ,regards mart
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fuel tubes

anyone know where to get the fuel tubes in the USA or Canada? I need some
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anyone know where to get the fuel tubes in the USA or Canada? I need some
I would also like to know if they can be obtained at a reasonable price. What is the capacity of those tubes?

Great post by the way. I'd like to see a few more pictures of the anchor rigging & how the 8 descender is utilized. It looks like with the electronic screens that far up front, they are specifically meant to read by someone other than the operator. What type of battery is used to run the electric stuff?
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Avon produce them, http://www.avon-workboats.com/page/flexfueltank

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It looks like with the electronic screens that far up front, they are specifically meant to read by someone other than the operator. What type of battery is used to run the electric stuff?
Yes, they are - the D class typically carries a crew of 3, one or both of the guys up front will look after the plotter and VHF.

The pod electronics are powered by a lead acid battery in a separate compartment in the pod, charged from the outboard's alternator. Not sure of the battery capacity - it will be a reasonable size as this model of D class (IB1) has an electric start on the outboard.

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Thanks for the link James. Those Avon tanks look to be excellent, but the North American distributor wants over $ 900 CAN (~ 450 Brittish pounds) for them. Definitely not a reasonable price, especially since I typically carry at least 80 liters of fuel for most outings.
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Yes, they are - the D class typically carries a crew of 3, one or both of the guys up front will look after the plotter and VHF.

The pod electronics are powered by a lead acid battery in a separate compartment in the pod, charged from the outboard's alternator. Not sure of the battery capacity - it will be a reasonable size as this model of D class (IB1) has an electric start on the outboard.

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Thanks Chris,

What would the total weight of one of these boats when fully kitted (sans personnel) be?
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