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Old 18 April 2010, 06:40   #1
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I have a random question for anybody with a double console on a RIB - my Humber had a single console and I've not used one with a double.

If you are running single handed (especially if like me you are, ahem, perhaps about 20 ish stone ) does it upset the balance with a double console and only 1 (slightly heavier than average) occupant offset to one side?

At the moment the spec of the new Vipermax 5.8 is for a single console and 2 extra single jockeys, all with winged backs, rigged down the centreline of the boat as I feel this is probably the safest, definitely the driest and also the cheapest layout, as well as making it easiest to move around the boat.

However I have a nagging doubt that one day I might wish I had put a double console on it, and am wondering if it is worth the extra grand or so it will cost. The thing is that a lot of the time I am out solo (SWMBO doesn't like being cold and wet) and I may have shifted one or two pies in my time so I wondered what to expect from the handling in rough conditions? A single console is clearly going to be best when you are out by yourself, just wondering what (if any) downsides to a double, apart from sitting closer to the odd wave that comes over the side.

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Old 18 April 2010, 07:29   #2
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I love my double over a single and have been out many times by myself. Rough weather isn't a problem for me with a twin and actually gives me more protection from the elements.

With regard layout, on my 6.2 I have outboard set 1.5" to port (LH/Counter rotating prop) am sat on the Starboard side and have my twin batteries and oil tank sat evenly in the console. I've never had any issues with torq steer or bad landings etc, I do notice a difference between port and starboard turns, but that would be the offset more than anything and you really have to push the boat hard to find the limit which can be easily trimmed out.

So I guess if you sat on the Port side with a standard rotation OB motor then things would be very similar.
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Old 18 April 2010, 07:34   #4
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I have a random question for anybody with a double console on a RIB - my Humber had a single console and I've not used one with a double.
If you are running single handed (especially if like me you are, ahem, perhaps about 20 ish stone ) does it upset the balance with a double console and only 1 (slightly heavier than average) occupant offset to one side?

At the moment the spec of the new Vipermax 5.8 is for a single console and 2 extra single jockeys, all with winged backs, rigged down the centreline of the boat as I feel this is probably the safest, definitely the driest and also the cheapest layout, as well as making it easiest to move around the boat.

However I have a nagging doubt that one day I might wish I had put a double console on it, and am wondering if it is worth the extra grand or so it will cost. The thing is that a lot of the time I am out solo (SWMBO doesn't like being cold and wet) and I may have shifted one or two pies in my time so I wondered what to expect from the handling in rough conditions? A single console is clearly going to be best when you are out by yourself, just wondering what (if any) downsides to a double, apart from sitting closer to the odd wave that comes over the side.

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Hi Stephen,

I had the same question when I bought my Xs600, but after trying one out with a double console I decided to go down that route

in hindsite it was definetly the right move as it gives a lot more protection in bad weather, allows two side by side jocky seats, more space for nav equipment to be permenantly fitted, allows for a decent sized fuel tank to be built in, and speaking as a fellow riber who did east most of the pies it doesnt seem to effect the ballance of the RIB, but I did however ask them to move the console as far forward as it would go, I also offset the fuel tank and batteries as far to port as they would go and as it has central throttles I am only max 2ft to starboard of the centre line anyway.

works like a dream on the XS but it is I think a slightly wider Rib than the one you are looking at, but at risk of opening up a recent thread pick the Rib that best suits the water it is planned to be used in !!
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Old 18 April 2010, 11:38   #5
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On my Humber I had the double consol set to starboard and I sat to starboard, the engine was fitted 25mm to starboard also but a 30hp aux was portside of main motor. It was fine and adding a passenger to port left them slightly starboard of where they would otherwise be. It worked ok. Since you're speccing a new boat, something I would now always have is trim tabs. Very versatile in adjusting the boat in a number of ways.
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Old 18 April 2010, 18:05   #6
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Thanks all

I am still thinking about it but handy to know there are no obvious adverse effects on balance anyway. I'm already over the planned budget so any extras like trim tabs are not really on the list at the moment - though they would be nice to have.

Fuel tank is under the floor on the Vipermax so not an issue - the standard tank is 150L which is more than enough. I've only got one slightly crap photo of the single console but it looks to be about the same size as the one on my Humber was (which was one of the bigger options); that one had a fuel tank in it as well, so with the tank under the floor I don't think console space will be a big problem. My concerns with the dual were mainly balance, getting wet(ter) due to sitting much closer to the side of the boat, and the increased possibility of falling in the oggin by having to get up on the tubes to go forwards when mooring up the single console would make it much easier to move around the boat. May all come down to money in the end, like most things in life

I suppose prop torque should counter the weight distribution, if it is a CW rotating motor (as I assume it will be) then the tendency coming off a wave would be to corkscrew to port (as my Destroyer would if you didn't give the steering a twitch on liftoff) and some pies on the starboard side should reduce that - the setup would be starboard side helm with central throttle if I went for a dual.
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Old 18 April 2010, 19:11   #7
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I had the console offset to starboard, which allows enough space to get to the bow past the port side of the console without having to climb onto the toob
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Yeh, mine was like that too. You soon get used to swinging past it. If not having an auxiliary motor, I'd be mounting the engine centrally and use the consol offset to balance the torque reaction.
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Old 21 April 2010, 13:35   #9
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One more console question; I am told that the basic Ranger double console is far less popular than the more expensive consoles like the Searider.

Why? I can see you might choose a Discovery console for the different look (though I don't like it personally) but am I missing an obvious reason for spending nearly 3x the price on something that looks similar and does the same job?
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..I am told that the basic Ranger double console is far less popular than the more expensive consoles like the Searider.
Were you told this by the salesmen?

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...am I missing an obvious reason for spending nearly 3x the price on something that looks similar and does the same job?
The Ranger console is fine, but the Searider console is a bit larger and has more space for instruments, etc. The Ranger is an older design and probably suited the RIBs of that time, when instruments were relatively small. Nowadays, 12" screen plotters are more commonplace & affordable, needing larger console space to accommodate them.
As far as costs go, I reckon there wouldn't be much in it, in terms of labour & materials. The additional purchase price of the Searider console probably includes an element for recovering the costs of developing the console and producing its mould.
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