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Old 17 February 2010, 06:50   #11
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I wasn't going to chip in because the original post was about how to do it, not if they're a good idea. Since Stoo's started it though, I may as well add my two pence worth.

Although they instinctively sound like a good idea, I don't like footstraps and have never actually felt the need for them. In boats that I've used with footstraps they have never been in quite the right place, and I also much prefer to be able to move me feet around rather than have them stuck in one place. Also as Stoo said, they get in the way and you'll trip over them.

Some people like them though!
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Old 17 February 2010, 07:15   #12
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In boats that I've used with footstraps they have never been in quite the right place,
is that not because you're a freak though? and custom fitted straps will (probably) be in the right place for the person who fitted them (and for other people of similar stature)?
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is that not because you're a freak though? and custom fitted straps will (probably) be in the right place for the person who fitted them (and for other people of similar stature)?
I've got some for my SR4, haven't got round to fitting them yet but anything that keeps you inside of the boat is a good thing for me.

I've never tripped over them on the Atlantics and thres four which could get in the way.
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is that not because you're a freak though? and custom fitted straps will (probably) be in the right place for the person who fitted them (and for other people of similar stature)?
I'm sure there's an element of that, but then again I'm used to things not being the right size for me

I would still prefer to be able to move my feet even if the straps were in the "right" position, whatever that may be.
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I suspect that those who are of the opinion that the foot straps are not needs drive/own the larger type ribs. Larger ribs by design ensure two things

1) that ecery one has a seat and dont have to sit on the tubes

2) larger ribs are more stable by virtue of size.

My rib is sub 5m and can be twichy at speeds over 22 kn. Maybe I am looking for too much speed from such a small rib. What is a realistic crusing speed for a 4.9m rib. I usually cruse at 18/20 kn.

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Suffice to say I spent a while with an SR4 - and would have killed for some toe straps.

The current Humber (not far off the size of yours) has a set, but even though they were in the wrong place for me when I got it (as was the throttle lever), they were still a vast improvement on clinging to the wheel / throttle to stay on board.

Never tripped over them yet.

Might be my dinghy background where having toes under something to stay on board is the norm?
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http://store.magicseaweed.com/Gorill...rap/Item/1070/

I'm considering these for my XR20... A mate of mine works manages a surf shop so I'll get him to get one down and check it's suitable, looks like a good solution though if the strap is secure enough (it's removable)
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I wasn't going to chip in because the original post was about how to do it, not if they're a good idea. Since Stoo's started it though, I may as well add my two pence worth.

Although they instinctively sound like a good idea, I don't like footstraps and have never actually felt the need for them. In boats that I've used with footstraps they have never been in quite the right place, and I also much prefer to be able to move me feet around rather than have them stuck in one place. Also as Stoo said, they get in the way and you'll trip over them.

Some people like them though!
I can see your point John. I fitted some to mine (home made, as is the searider way and to fit my boot size) I was going to fit them for people sat at the rear of the jockey too. But decided against it.
If I made them for me they would be too big for friends or family. With the exception of my brother. He has size 16 feet, and unless he has jesus sandles on and big toes with a good grip, they would just be in the way.

I do like them for myself on the whole though. Except when you do move your feet out of them to bring blood back, it can be hard to get your feet back in.
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