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Old 27 February 2017, 10:07   #1
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Attaching a Cabin to a Rib

Hello All

I have just sold my sailing boat and am looking at buying a rib and fitting a cabin to it.

What would you guys suggest would be the best method of attaching the cabin to the rib deck?



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Old 27 February 2017, 10:12   #2
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Assuming you dont already own the boat its Probably more cost effective to buy a boat with a cabin already fitted there are a few about if you look hard enough
Seems a bit of a hard way to go finding a boat suitable to convert then finding a cabin to fit it
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Old 27 February 2017, 10:16   #3
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Hi Beamishken

Thank you for the swift reply.

I make parts out of carbon fibre so will make a cabin to fit. I am however unsure of the best way to attach the cabin, whether it be bolting to the existing deck, glueing, or making joining with fibreglass.
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Old 27 February 2017, 10:49   #4
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Hi Beamishken

Thank you for the swift reply.

I make parts out of carbon fibre so will make a cabin to fit. I am however unsure of the best way to attach the cabin, whether it be bolting to the existing deck, glueing, or making joining with fibreglass.
the fact that you make parts does not mean that you can produce it cheaper / better. You will have to consider the windows, console, doors where the fuel inlets & vents will be. will you have access to the fuel tanks ect. Nevertheless an interesting thought.
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Old 27 February 2017, 10:51   #5
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I guess it depends if you want it permanent or removable I've seen both bolted and glassed I'd take a look at some existing boats for ideas there's lots of options so just need to find something to suit your needs
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Assuming you dont already own the boat its Probably more cost effective to buy a boat with a cabin already fitted there are a few about if you look hard enough
Seems a bit of a hard way to go finding a boat suitable to convert then finding a cabin to fit it
Without a doubt...IMO .that's the way to go!
Unless you want a long term ...time consuming..expensive ....lesson learning...developmental nightmare odyssey....that'll very probably produce a Dogs Dinner worthless piece of Crap...
with no Pedigree or credibility...which when you do finally hit the water may very well (again very PROBABLY ) handle like a Big Heavy Bag of the proverbial... That is!
Leave it to the Pros and buy one
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Old 27 February 2017, 12:12   #7
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I make parts out of carbon fibre so will make a cabin to fit. I am however unsure of the best way to attach the cabin, whether it be bolting to the existing deck, glueing, or making joining with fibreglass.
Welcome to RIBnet. What type of cabin were you thinking of - a basic wheelhouse for shelter or something more elaborate? Generally they are glassed so they can take a battering.

If you buy a used RIB then you will have to remove the existing controls, console and probably seating - probably the fuel tank fittings too. It will add up to a lot of time and money. Cabin boats tend to behave differently to open boats - the performance will change and a good boat could become a bad one.
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Old 27 February 2017, 12:39   #8
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Hi Guys

Thank you for the input so far, its very useful to hear everyones opinions.

I am looking for somewhere between 7.5 - 8.5m (preferably diesel) with a cabin including a berth up front and an enclosed steering position / cabin, for use as a fast weekender.

I have had my eye on the market for the past year as I have been waiting for my previous boat to sell and am struggling to find something to fit the bill, hence beginning research into a custom build.
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humber done a detachable cabin held on with velcro and ratchet straps if I can dig the pictures out I will post them
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