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Old 28 October 2007, 11:50   #11
Country: UK - England
Town: Essex
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Looks ugly! Not quite a rib, more a rubber ring around a boat. Next you'll see a narrowboat with toobs round it!

Yes, and hard hit by anything and it will either bounce or pop!

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Old 28 October 2007, 14:01   #12
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Town: Leighton Buzzard
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Make: Osprey Eagle
Length: 5m +
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As a narrowboat operator I would say the tubes are a waste of space on the canals for mooring the reinforced bank is normally 6" to 12" above the waterline, the tubes are at just the right to catch the steel/iron strip on lock gates which normally have nice sharp protrusions. I am not sure how well they would take a steel or wood narrowboat rubbing them as they passed, but my guess would be that they would be ripped very quickly. As for use in the hire boat market no chance, we don't even fit rope side fenders now as hirers rip them off in no time, its cheaper to just slap a bit more bitumen over the scratches. A rope bow button just about lasts a season before its ripped to shreds.

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Old 28 October 2007, 17:36   #13
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Originally Posted by jwalker View Post
That Mr Kennett bloke might be along shortly.
You called?

Did you know that the beam of a Phantom 28 is just right for cruising the British canal system?

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Old 28 October 2007, 19:04   #14
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Originally Posted by Tim M View Post

looks slightly odd but i have seen a lot worse on the river.

my favorite boats for the river are those electric canoes that appear after 7pm when the locks close for the evening, they cruise up and down silently, great for experiencing the wildlife......i think most appear to be owned by folks that have houses on the river

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