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Old 14 August 2003, 23:25   #1
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aluminum tubes?

I recently saw Orca boats (orcaboats.com, I think) and they have aluminum tubes instead of fabric. The concept sounds great; very durable and harpoon/knife proof. A RIB maker told me that the aluminum tubes defeat the purpose of having a RIB, as they don't absorb energy when you hit waves and therefor ride more roughly than a RIB with fabric tubes. Anyone have any experience with this type of boat? Thanks. john
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Old 15 August 2003, 03:23   #2
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I have never used one, but I'm not particularly keen on the idea. They are not RIBs, they are hard boat with bits sticking out at the sides!

They are also some of the ugliest boats I have ever seen.

Just my 2c worth

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Old 15 August 2003, 03:53   #3
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Exception to the rule...

Andy Micklewright's "Awesome" is a very well engineered all-aluminium RAB. Very soft ride (I can vouch for that), but Andy tells me that the boat is a little bit twitchy in a "beam" sea.
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I'd forgotten about Awesome. Andy has certainly done some serious cruising with that boat.

It does thow up huge plumes of spray when the tubes dig in though. Perhaps it would it be better without the "tubes"? I don't know, but it would be interesting to build a conventional sided aluminium boat on the same hull design and compare the two.

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Old 15 August 2003, 11:13   #5
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contact Andy?

Thanks for your thoughts, all. And where might one contact Andy re: Awesome? I'd love to know the manufacturer, etc. Ugly or not, it probably looks better than fabric tubes with a gaping harpoon gash in them....John
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Andy is on here as "AndyMicklewrigh". If you look under the members listings you will find his contact details.

As for the manufacturer then look no further than Andy, he made it himself.

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Awsome

Is a great boat , think Andy said it took 400 hours to build but i may be wrong, He did a bloody good job of it as well, The boat perfoms really well in the rough as well. I saw this on our trip to Belgium a few years ago.

If you ask him nicely he may build you one.

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