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Old 22 September 2004, 09:16   #1
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Dear rib-philes!

I am new to ribs having graduated from a zodiac futura- great boat but interesting in the swell around the needles...

I would like to be able to keep in a garage and it looks as if 4.7m is the max. Mostly intend to use around the isle of wight - would like a rib that would take reasonable amounts of weather and hopefully seat 4 but 2 seat jockey is minimum I guess.

Any advice would be most welcome - I see that Humber has a 30% off deal to the end of the month Assault 4.7?

look forward to hearing from you!!!
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Old 22 September 2004, 09:27   #2
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The maximum lenght your'll get into a standard size garage is about 4.8 metres, and this all depends on the draw bar at the front, worth also remembering the width of the boat too as a wider boat might mean having to deflate the tubes to get it in, its not the garage size really but the width and height of the door.
I had my A frame made lower to specifically fit under a standard 6' garage door, with ariels and gps antenna it just slips under.

One of the sales points for the Ribcraft 4.8 is that it fits into a garage !!!

Good luck and enjoy the buying process
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Old 22 September 2004, 09:27   #3
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Dear rib-philes!

I would like to be able to keep in a garage and it looks as if 4.7m is the max.

look forward to hearing from you!!!


What are you using as max boat length? Boat or trailer length?

Does anyond do trailers with removable/folding draw bars?
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Does anyond do trailers with removable/folding draw bars?
If you succeed in finding someone that produce these I would be very interested in knowing. Have looked everywhere and as yet found nobody who does such a trailer. I went to and engineering firm and showed them what I was after, to be told if I produce a set of drawings and weight limits etc and produced a load bearing on the bracket I required then they would look at it. (Think basically they were trying to shy away from the job)!! SO GOOD LUCK!!
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What are you using as max boat length? Boat or trailer length?

Does anyond do trailers with removable/folding draw bars?
Hi - thanks for the replies - bit of both really - put the futura in the garage and saw how much space was left... I had the idea of creating a detachable draw bar using a socket and tractor hitch pin - if neccessary - could poss manage a 4.8m if that increases my choices??
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I would like to be able to keep in a garage and it looks as if 4.7m is the max. Mostly intend to use around the isle of wight - would like a rib that would take reasonable amounts of weather and hopefully seat 4 but 2 seat jockey is minimum I guess.

Any advice would be most welcome - I see that Humber has a 30% off deal to
I use to have a Ribcrfat 4.8 which did fit into my garage although did have to move it forward on the trailer so the garage door would close. Insofar as a sea boat I never had any problems with this and found it to cope with all the conditions I went out in which at times were strong winds and large seas. After all Ribcraft used 4.8 meters to do the round britain.

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I use to have a Ribcrfat 4.8 which did fit into my garage although did have to move it forward on the trailer so the garage door would close. Insofar as a sea boat I never had any problems with this and found it to cope with all the conditions I went out in which at times were strong winds and large seas. After all Ribcraft used 4.8 meters to do the round britain.

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Thanks a lot Simon - very useful!

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Would most people agree the ribcraft 4.8 is worth the extra money over the likes of a Humber 4.7?
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