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Old 26 September 2013, 08:14   #21
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My rib is predominently used for diving, tubes have wear patches fitted at regular intervals for people to rest cylinders on whilst they kit up, there's no issue with kitting up on board and backward rolling in. Getting back on is a case of clip the kit onto the droplines, de-kit and then pull the kit back onto the boat at your leisure. Its really very simple, had no damage to the tubes whatsoever, however would recomend putting rubber matting down on the deck to protect it.
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Old 26 September 2013, 08:16   #22
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AJ, where do you do your diving then ? If you fancy meeting up for a dive from your / my RIB let me know.
To be honest I haven't dived in the UK for the last two years. I started to fall out of love with it being involved in the teaching side sat at 5 meters in stoney cove every weekend

Most of the lads I used to dive with have gone the same way. Although I have dived recreationally in Australia back in January and Bali last year.

Have just been looking through a few of the old diving pictures which has got me interested again, we used to go down to Weymouth a lot and chartered a boat called Tango (was orange) diving the wrecks - The M2 submarine was one of my favourite, lulworth banks, and fun fast drifts off Portland . Plymouth and Porthkerris down in Cornwall. For day trips we stuck inland with Stoney Cove and Capernwray - which is good fun.

Hmmm maybe its time to get the kit out of hibernation and get it serviced
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Old 26 September 2013, 08:26   #23
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My rib is predominently used for diving, tubes have wear patches fitted at regular intervals for people to rest cylinders on whilst they kit up, there's no issue with kitting up on board and backward rolling in. Getting back on is a case of clip the kit onto the droplines, de-kit and then pull the kit back onto the boat at your leisure. Its really very simple, had no damage to the tubes whatsoever, however would recomend putting rubber matting down on the deck to protect it.
Absolutely.

One of the reasons I bought my Rib was to give me the freedom to dive when I wanted last minute. The problem is i went way over budget and bought a really nice (i think) unmarked RIB.

As many people on here know I am very precious (OCD) over my boat and don't want it scratched or patched (how g@y does that sound ) but its the truth, I know I would be careful as I know how much it costs and its mine. However my mates I know for a fact wouldn't have the same respect.
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Old 26 September 2013, 11:59   #24
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AJ, you sound just like me in terms of OCD and spending over my budget. Perhaps I will tow a boat just for diving off
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Dive Ladder

Here's an idea, Good looking skipper as well !
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I've done one like that already, I was unhappy with the amount of leverage that it put on the hinge
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Old 26 September 2013, 12:38   #27
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Here's one I bought second hand, I was going to fit it to a new A frame when I got round to it. I believe it was made by XS.
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I've done one like that already, I was unhappy with the amount of leverage that it put on the hinge
Make the ladder itself more vertical to minimize the leverage? Maybe build out the A frame a bit wider so it extends over the tube more, then the ladder will sit more vertically. It can't be totally vertical of course or it will be awkward to climb, but the more vertical it is the less leverage there will be.
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Here's one I bought second hand, I was going to fit it to a new A frame when I got round to it. I believe it was made by XS.
Yep thats one of the XS boarding ladders.
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AJ, where do you do your diving then ? If you fancy meeting up for a dive from your / my RIB let me know.
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