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Old 22 January 2015, 19:01   #1
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WinBoat F360 at San Francisco Boat Show

I just came back from the SF Boat Show. I visited the WinBoat booth and had a nice chat with Yuri. Overall the boat looks very well constructed. I took some close-up photos for the benefits of people who don't have a chance to see the boat in person.

The PVC tubes are glued to the fiber glass hull. The glue is evenly applied and the seams are very straight. I didn't see any overflow or air gaps at the seams. The seams look much better than what you would see on cheaper inflatables.

The hull is a single layer. It seems substantial/rigid enough that when I stepped on the boat (laid on top of carpet) I didn't feel any flexing or creaking.

Yuri lives close to me and promised to let me take a test drive with the boat. I'll post more info when that happens.
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Old 22 January 2015, 19:02   #2
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More photos. There are two small holes near the lug nut that joins two floor pieces together. Not sure what the purpose is. These two holes definitely don't lead to the outside of the boat (see the photo in my next post). I think Phil mentioned in his original post that these holes are for water to flow from one compartment to the next, but they seem just way too small for me.
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Old 22 January 2015, 19:12   #3
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Here's how the two floor pieces join together. You don't see the two little holes from this side. And I don't see how water can flow through from one compartment to the next (unless the water somehow gets magically up the divider and down again ....).

Maybe Yuri can chime in and explain what the little holes are for.
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Old 22 January 2015, 19:14   #4
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The boat has been used a bit for trials and demos, so you can see some scratch marks on the transom. But otherwise it looks good.
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Old 22 January 2015, 19:17   #5
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More photos. This concludes my report from the City by the Bay :-)
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Old 22 January 2015, 21:28   #6
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Great report!

What I see is non stainless hardware that holds the boat together and needs to come apart every time the boat is used if folded up.



Are those small holes not what the bolts with the rubber seals go thru? For which I could see them failing and leaking. My opinion is that it should be something that doesn't rust and can be easily taken apart by hand. Butterfly nuts are not cold finger friendly.

The design with the transom not being attached on the inside looks an "interesting" design choice.

I really like the idea of a light weight folding RIB though, so with a few minor improvements they should have a decent little boat.

If there is ever a demo day in the Bay Area (Preferably as far North as possibly), I would be interested in a ride just to see how it is. I might be needing a small boat in the future.
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I was out there today but didnt go into the pier for most the demos so thanks for posting! Didnt know the frib was on display. Looking forward to your test ride.
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More photos. There are two small holes near the lug nut that joins two floor pieces together. Not sure what the purpose is. These two holes definitely don't lead to the outside of the boat (see the photo in my next post). I think Phil mentioned in his original post that these holes are for water to flow from one compartment to the next, but they seem just way too small for me.
These small holes were made to make sure the water doesn't stay in hollows of fiberglass hull sections
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Great report!

What I see is non stainless hardware that holds the boat together and needs to come apart every time the boat is used if folded up.

Are those small holes not what the bolts with the rubber seals go thru? For which I could see them failing and leaking. My opinion is that it should be something that doesn't rust and can be easily taken apart by hand. Butterfly nuts are not cold finger friendly.

The design with the transom not being attached on the inside looks an "interesting" design choice.

I really like the idea of a light weight folding RIB though, so with a few minor improvements they should have a decent little boat.

If there is ever a demo day in the Bay Area (Preferably as far North as possibly), I would be interested in a ride just to see how it is. I might be needing a small boat in the future.

With regards to the bolts - many thanks for your comments, we were also looking at that problem and that's very true that butterfly nuts are not cold finger friendly (oh we know it in Russia). As well, we also seen some problems with stainless steel bolts and nuts as they stick together in salt water. Now we came up with a solution - we have a new special plastic nut coming, and we will replace all boats in US with new plastic nut and stainless steel bolt.
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With regards to the bolts - many thanks for your comments, we were also looking at that problem and that's very true that butterfly nuts are not cold finger friendly (oh we know it in Russia). As well, we also seen some problems with stainless steel bolts and nuts as they stick together in salt water. Now we came up with a solution - we have a new special plastic nut coming, and we will replace all boats in US with new plastic nut and stainless steel bolt.
A good report and good feedback from Winboat_US too. Thank you both.
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