Originally Posted by David Mat
I am trying to determine the correct way to configure the bowboard and the forward board(middle section) for the main deck assembly for my Rover 310 RIB with the inflatable keel.
Doesn't that make it a SIB? A RIB has a solid, usually molded plastic, fiberglass, or aluminum hull. A SIB's shape is firmed up by the floor, with the tubes and keel defining the shape.
Can anyone help with suggestions on the final phase of the assembly? I can get some photos if need be.
Pics would probably help. As would putting this in the SIB forum, rather than in the Intro forum.
In general, most sibs are assembled by shoving the bow pieces in place, the next section back is placed in, the aft board is slipped under the transom, the middle main floor is butted up to the aft floorboard, then the resulting overlap (between the front and middle main floor boards) is raised up and aligned, and levered down into position. The stringers at the sides are then put in to keep everything solid. Pump everything up and you're good to go.
That, of course, assumes you've got a 5-piece floor system. If not, then some variation will probably work, but you may have to experiment to get the right procedure.