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Old 06 August 2004, 12:56   #1
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Aluminium hulls vs Fibre glass

After APs disaster I was wondering whether this accident could have been avoided if the RIB was made out of aluminium instead of fibre glass?

So the question is are aluminium RIBs better for long passages rather than the fibre glass ones?

Any views on the matter from the experienced people here?
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It does suprise me why there aren't more alloy hulls.

Talking of which has anyone seen the allyduck? Ugly as hell but with a certain charm - tough as old boots and built to look like a rib - the alloy tubes are filled with pop bottles - great idea.

The boat also has a built in trailer!

Went on one at the Southampton show last year - it was great fun and handled just like a RIB
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http://www.allyduck.co.uk/index.html

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Meant to post this too, I'm truly impressed by its utter lack of any aesthetic refinement at all. I bet its built by an "engineer"! Good concept etc but by jingo as far as totty magnets it's about as successful as that baked spud I put in my swimming trunks once.
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.....about as successful as that baked spud I put in my swimming trunks once.
Try putting it down the FRONT next time.....

By the way... and in a "non argumentative" way... isn't Bear's new boat alloy...?
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Bears boat was alloy. And from what I remember at LBS it looked very durable and fit for the ice job.

I am looking at the ANYTEC 1230 but will always keep the FALCON 700RSR.

Different boats for different purposes.

IMHO I think aly RIBs are safer in many respcts than fibre glass ones.
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"but by jingo as far as totty magnets it's about as successful as that baked spud "
But it's Ali therefore NOT magnetic

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Aluminum is tough and long lasting hull material. It must be the cost of the manufacturing that makes al hulls so rare in ribs.

In Finland Al hard boats are very popular, for example Buster and Silver.

www.busterboat.com

www.silverboats.fi

By the way, Boomeranger has just started to built Al hull ribs.

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Agree Jari, but when you pay for an 8mtr RIB with a 250 outboard on it the price of 80K (see SCORPION) when the aly equiv of excellent construction and fabrication does not cost near that amount, I think that aly hulls are not that expensive. Also the fact that you are not in danger of sinking if you hit anything at sea is an added bonus.

May aly hulls need more maintenance than fibre glass and this may be expensive in the long run. So far I am investigating the prons and cons before I bite the built but aly hulls seem to come top.
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