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Old 05 January 2012, 15:54   #1
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Aluminium hulls

Has anybody tried or got an ally hulled rib? 3D Tender have some. Any good?
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Old 05 January 2012, 16:01   #2
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I have a 2.9 Scorpion Stinger. amazingly well built and extremely solid. These are an Australian dinghy. I have a 9.9 on it and it flies.

I also have a 5.6 Dockitjet that is very light, about 140kg with a fiberglass console. Aluminium is very easy to make changes by welding on bits you want.
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They seem to make sense to me. But my main concern is the rubber to ally adhesion. As there is no resin/resin or epoxy interaction.........is this an issue or is there a different interface involved?
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Your looking at buying something made of alloy... Land Rovers are made of alloy.....
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Now now Chewy.........
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Just so you know.......if you want to corrode a metal, here's the way to do it.
Put an untreated aluminium sheet next to a half sniffed at steel box section ( raw inside ), and finish off the circuit ( assuming it's a -/+ve earth system ) with an untreated iron fastener joining the two metals. Not just placed between them but threaded and screwed as a joint in order to properly open up the surfaces of the relevant metals to promote their conductivity. And then add water ( salty for us) and electricity.
I'm surprised Defenders don't charge their own batteries overnight........they should at least contribute to the Grid.
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I have one. Pictures in my gallery. http://www.rib.net/forum/members/4333-albums170.html

Glueing the tube on is not really any different than glueing hypalon to GRP. I think they even use the same sikaflex.

How many rotted transoms and anchor lockers have you seen on here? With an ali hull all that is moot.
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There you go.....that's what I thought. One solid tub. Now I'm thinking.........Polaris eh?
Who else does ally hulls?
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Stabicraft and Safeboats both make foam collared ali boats, they are basically RIB-like.
Terminator makes ali RIBs

Stabicraft and Terminator are both in New Zealand. Safeboats are here in Washington State.

Non-RIB Aluminum fishing boats are highly desired here. Its a proven hull material.
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There you go.....that's what I thought. One solid tub. Now I'm thinking.........Polaris eh?
Who else does ally hulls?

Ribeye do some alli tenders that seem to have been well received by the boating press.
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