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Old 28 October 2007, 07:12   #1
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Displacement rib....

Weird looking thing:
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Old 28 October 2007, 07:20   #2
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I think that it's been designed for use in canals by incompetent crew bouncing off loch walls and the like.
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Old 28 October 2007, 08:37   #3
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Looks like a dead loss to me-I bet it costs more than a steel narrowboat and not as tough.


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Old 28 October 2007, 08:49   #4
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I like it. No fekkin around with fenders, able to come alongside rough walls or banks, nice airy cover for sleeping under the stars, no damage by other boats coming alongside, a wee cooker and sink, plenty of space.....and I bet even Nos would have difficulty stuffing it.
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Old 28 October 2007, 08:53   #5
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able to come alongside rough walls or banks,
only if they rise quite a way up. Fine in most locks until the lock is full, but in my experience, most rivers have lowish banks, that "fender" looks too high to me to be much help. If it was moved down 15" or so, now that might work
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If it was moved down 15" or so, now that might work
Yer, I'll go with that.
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You all should be asking rickuk3 on his opinions about this craft.
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I like it. No fekkin around with fenders, able to come alongside rough walls or banks, nice airy cover for sleeping under the stars, no damage by other boats coming alongside, a wee cooker and sink, plenty of space.....and I bet even Nos would have difficulty stuffing it.
I wouldn't even get onboard it. Canal boaters tend to look down on tupperware boats anyway. Imagine the laughter this would invoke.

Seriously though,I think if a 60'+ steel narrowboat was washed against it then the tubes would pop-unless they can somehow withstand higher pressures than normal tubes.
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Old 28 October 2007, 12:43   #9
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maybe it should also have flashing lights warning that its likely to bump into things . Maybe good for the hire market though
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Canal boaters tend to look down on tupperware boats anyway.
That Mr Kennett bloke might be along shortly.
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