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Old 25 January 2005, 11:57   #1
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3m RIB questions

Is it feasable to transport a 3m RIB upside down on the roof of a car for a short distance?

Also, what is the "average" weight of a 3m RIB?

I'm planning to collect a 3m RIB from the Isle of Wight on Saturday. Having done this before with another RIB I remember paying a small fortune for the extra length on the back of the car for the ferry for the trailer. My plan this time is to drive down from Norfolk with my trailer, leave it somewhere for a couple of hours while I go over on the ferry (41 for a return!!!!) collect the boat on the roof of the car (or am I crazy) then get the ferry back (complete with boat on roof - will there be height issues?) then put it on the trailer back in Portsmouth and drive back to Norfolk.

Odviously the RIB doesn't have an engine on it........

Any advice greatfully received.....
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Old 25 January 2005, 11:59   #2
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Leave the car at pompey with the trailer and take as hand luggage an engine or a pair of oars!

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Old 25 January 2005, 12:21   #3
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mmm. And then spend about 30 on petrol to get me from Bembridge back to the car in a very nasty sea with snow being blown into my face.........
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mmm. And then spend about 30 on petrol to get me from Bembridge back to the car in a very nasty sea with snow being blown into my face.........
I can tell your not a Solent ribber
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Old 25 January 2005, 12:33   #5
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You could take a long rope and surreptitiously tow your rib behind the ferry Des
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[QUOTE=Tim M] Is it feasable to transport a 3m RIB upside down on the roof of a car for a short distance?

(complete with boat on roof - will there be height issues?) then put it on the trailer back in Portsmouth and drive back to Norfolk.

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friend had problem with roof box going to france and the height, had to take it off and drag it on and off some of the above will depend on the car have you spoken the ferry company.Thats if it is possible with the weight.
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Old 25 January 2005, 13:12   #7
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Is it feasable to transport a 3m RIB upside down on the roof of a car for a short distance?
I wouldn't call Portsmouth to Norfolk a short journey! Having had a 10ft dinghy fall off my roofrack two weeks ago I'd be inclined to suggest you bite the bullet and pay the extra to trailer it. 3.1m Avon Rover RIBs weigh just under 70kgs so you won't be lifting that up onto a roofrack by yourself. Having said that I guess if you deflate the tubes and use a couple of ratchet straps it would be feasible and Avon themselves do advertise the 3.1m boat as being suitable for car topping. Best of luck, old chap.
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Besides height issues most car roofs and roof rack systems have a maximum load weight, if you exceed this and have an accident not only will the police be pissed but your insurance may not pay out, i've carried canoes of all shapes and sizes on the roof of my car for years and been across the channel numerous times with no real problem, your supposed to say before hand your carrying extra height but we never bothered and just turned up with it on and normally ended up on the lorry deck ! though a canoe isn't a rib is it !
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For crying in a bucket ....... let the air out, sling it on the roof and take it on the ferry!! Sheesh, you guys can complicate simple matters
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Tim,

As far as I know, there are no height restrictions on the IOW ferry...especially at this time of the year. As has been said throw it on the roof rack (if you can lift it up there its not going to be too heavy...I don't think!). Its only got to be there for an hour or so and you won't be driving any faster than 10mph (as long as you can leave the trailer near to the ferry in pompy).

Make sure some thieving scum bag pikey doesn't half inch your trailer!

My Parents have just bought my new shakey (5m ish) back on the ferry. 66 one way...and IOW residents get it cheaper!

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