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Old 20 February 2002, 12:47   #11
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Nick,

How is the interior of your boat ?
Is it equiped with jokeys or benches ? I think the best way to get some room is to have a rear bench and underneath placed the fuel tank(s). A second bench in front of the console will give you extra storage space. Plus you can make them yourself with no extra knowledge or skill, using plywood and some inox parts. A cushion on the top will give some comfort.
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Old 20 February 2002, 13:06   #12
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Batfalcon,
the interior is a two person jockey seat/console. I intend to do exactly what you suggest with a rear bench under which is fuel and misc. storage.
I'm thinking of making a fold down seat in front of the console. Still working on that idea.

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Old 20 February 2002, 13:43   #13
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This http://www.seaflex.co.uk/sfww.html company makes flexible tanks.
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Old 21 February 2002, 12:03   #14
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Thanks Paul. It interesting that in the USA flexible tanks are marketed for diesel and water but never for gasoline. Are they approved for gasoline in the UK?

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Old 21 February 2002, 18:08   #15
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I am not an authority on this matter but this is the company which makes flexible tanks for our Lifeboat institution which use gasoline for their outboards. When I e-mailed the company they said that they could supply tanks suitable for gasoline.
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Old 18 July 2002, 11:31   #16
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I have ribcraft 4.8 with one jockey seat.

Intend to make up my own T shaped bench/ jockey seat with a removable back rest on the jockey seat part. This way the rider has something between their knees, and a back rest to brace themselves against. And I get plenty of dry storage.

I don't think there is enough room in the stern for a 2nd jockey seat and a separate bench seat/ storage box as well. Not in a 4.8.

A bench seat alone would be hell for a passenger going fast in rough water - they need something between their knees OR plenty of room to move their feet and brace themsleves properly when standing up. And with a bench seat behind them, there just is not enough room.

A 2nd jockey seat is fine for the ride, but doesn't give enough space to store things.

So far as balance is concerned, I have an under floor tank. With 80 litres of extra fuel in plastic cans, and 12stone of passenger, I can store things in the bows and the ride is excellent. With half the fuel gone, I have to move some of the stuff in the bows further back, or be careful with the throttle/ trim to stop the bows digging into the back of the wave in front.

Personally, I would not want to sit on a front bench seat in a 4.8 RIB when under way. For storage it is easier to lash things down under a tarpaulin with a 'cargo net' of elastic cords over the top.

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Old 17 December 2003, 10:02   #17
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Ribcraft 4.8 extra fuel

Robert JL,

I also have a Ribcraft 4.8 with the underdeck tank (55l). You say you can carry 80l in plastic tanks. Where do you put all this extra fuel. The lockers under my jockey seats (3) are very small. The other options are the anchor locker or on deck. I would be interested to hear your ideas.

Also any other practical advice you could offer for me embarking on a season in a 4.8 would be much appreciated!

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Old 17 December 2003, 11:13   #18
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I fitted a plastic tank inside the console on my 5.3m. The weight of the fuel and the anchor chain etc means it gets up on the plane very easily even without PTT. Most of the problems associated with this are IMO related to too much weight at rear of the boat.
I didn't fit a compass and don't see the need if using fixed GPS. The problems trying to get an accurate reading so close to the electrical/electronics in a small console and the cost of a half decent one aren't worth it. Better to spend the money on getting a better GPS or plotter and carry a small hillwalking type one in the flares box. (be honest, with a GPS the only time you will need it is in the event of GPS failure)
If room for it carry a proper anchor and chain, you can buy small Bruce anchors for about 20 that don't take up much room. A sea anchor is also a very usefull thing to carry to make sure you don't drift too far if it all goes pear shaped.
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Old 17 December 2003, 14:44   #19
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You should maybe speak to Paul Tilley regarding collapsible fuel tanks, he makes them. From what i remember the RNLI use these but you can not store fuel in them for long periods of time. Anyway Paul's number 01803833309
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Old 18 December 2003, 05:36   #20
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Hi Robert1,

If I think I am going to need all that fuel I put 2 X 20litre in the stern - these have their own fuel lines for direct connection to the motor in a hurry at sea,

plus 2 X 20litre jerry cans one each side of the console (in front of my knees) for filling up the underfloor tank in calm waters or beached etc.

There is a fair sized anchor, chain and anchor line in the bow locker, and plastic tanks can be moved - so no problems trimming the boat.

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