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Old 01 January 2012, 14:38   #11
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Yes guys, but the OP has a 5.2m RIB. That's a lot less boat than 6.5m - I don't see how a cuddy is workable at this size.
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Old 01 January 2012, 16:13   #12
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I'd guess a bow cover like the deluxe sr would be better. Tarpaulin based like the D class I believe.
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Old 02 January 2012, 14:57   #13
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Surely you'd be better off putting your time, money and effort into getting a bigger RIB first,if you're serious about some kind of Cuddy?
Cant see how it could ever be practicle on that size RIB...Good luck all the same!
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Old 02 January 2012, 15:07   #14
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I am also not convinced, but IIRC it has been done to an SR5.4, and another similar sized boat, but a longer cabin top than implied here, with the steering position more mid ships
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This looks intresting Everything about my Avon Searider RIB: Setting out to build a Pilothouse for my Avon Searider 5.4
finished boat at the bottom of the page http://searider54.blogspot.com/2008/...with-ribs.html
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Old 02 January 2012, 23:02   #16
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Yeah I think all your advice is in line with what i was thinking.
Ill just have to wait until a get a bit more storage space.
But I will pursue building a decent framed canvas cover for the bow as pictured. With some tubular aluminium ribbing it can add some decent cover and it entirely removable which adds versatility. Keep the cockpit and add a bimini over the cockpit which again is removable and foldable when not required. I think that gives the best compromise.

Anyone have any experience with these canvas covers. My only worry is what would result from a green wave coming over the bow and landing on the canvas cover? Suppose you need good quality canvas and some decent framing...
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That looks more like a tent, so maybe for use when moored only
I'm sure there was a member who had canvas sides that came up around the sides of the console to offer protection . I think it may of been on a shearwater but 100%
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Yeah I think all your advice is in line with what i was thinking.
Ill just have to wait until a get a bit more storage space.
But I will pursue building a decent framed canvas cover for the bow as pictured. With some tubular aluminium ribbing it can add some decent cover and it entirely removable which adds versatility. Keep the cockpit and add a bimini over the cockpit which again is removable and foldable when not required. I think that gives the best compromise.

Anyone have any experience with these canvas covers. My only worry is what would result from a green wave coming over the bow and landing on the canvas cover? Suppose you need good quality canvas and some decent framing...
Seawater weighs about 64lbs a cubic foot. (I don't know how you'd think about this in liters, 100L waves = 102kg?)

No matter how you measure, any serious volume over the bow is quite possibly going to blow the seams apart on that cover, regardless of the framing behind it.

What are you trying to accomplish?
dry storage?
wave deflection?
sun shade?
wind break?
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The ones above are popular in Greece as a sun shade. They'll be too weak for a "stuff" and may be a bit flappy at speed. Though I've seen you tube footage of them whilst on the plane.

Shearwater boat had canvas from the console. Looked good and more robust for miserable weather.
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