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Old 21 April 2004, 06:00   #1
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Fantasy rib design

A lot of threads on this forum deal with the inadequacies of RIB design, the divers want more deck space and the cruisers want more seating and so on. Money no object and within the bounds of reason (well maybe) what would be your ideal design of RIB?

For me the ideal RIB would 6.5 mtrs long sea kind deep V.(got that)
It would have an inboard 250hp diesel fitted below a flat deck (yes no engine housing). (not got this)
Iím toying with the idea of duel drive systems, jet for inshore close quart work and outdrive / surface drive for deep sea. (Stupid? I canít decide)
I would love to have a seating system a bit like a people mover so that you can have a verity of different seating layouts to meet different needs.
I would want very reliable electronic and I hate the all the wires so a CAN / BUS system would be good or even better wireless.
I would want an A frame you can stand on (you can see so much more).
I would want self cleaning tubes that do not puncture and self inflate.
I would love a remote control system that allowed you to drop yourself and passengers of on a beach and that would then motor the RIB in to deep water where it would anchor (on itís own) and wait for you to call it in to collect you. (cool)
And a fridge always full of beer (that I wonít drink because Iím responsible)
Oh and I donít want to pay more than £1000 for it.
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Old 21 April 2004, 06:30   #2
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Sound good to me I would like to add a retractable roof to keep the wife & kids happy on those not so nice days out!
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Old 21 April 2004, 07:13   #3
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What about a toilet for when you have to go, after all those no drikable beers in the fridge.
And a nice bed if you get caught out and the weather turns bad.

All this needs to fold under the deck, to keep the deck space clean for you dive kit.

And the deck can't be to high, then you won't be able to get back into the boat after the dive.

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Old 21 April 2004, 07:33   #4
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How about a folding hydraulic ladder to make getting back in that little bit easier. Or failing that one of these:
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Old 21 April 2004, 07:38   #5
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Found 1 item on your list, wireless autopilot. Dont know about range doh!

autopilot

Nor anchoring just get it to drive around in small circles.


What about a petrol engine say, Alfa 33, Subaru or Beetle any boxer type engine. That may fit below deck.

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Old 21 April 2004, 07:40   #6
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I'd fit a heat seeking rocket launcher to take out those damn jet skiers, wind surfers, kite surfers,water skiers, sailing boats, med style RIBs, Northerners and small fishing boats, and a set of counter measures in case someone has the same idea but a dislike of RIBS.

maybe also a BBQ and beer fridge too

Now is that asking to much !!!!


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Old 21 April 2004, 08:20   #7
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......petrol engine say, Alfa 33, Subaru or Beetle any boxer type engine. That may fit below deck.

Boxer engine would be good or a Wankel engine, like they say Ďyou can beat an egg but you cannot beat a wankelí. Or have I mixed up my sayings
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Old 21 April 2004, 08:23   #8
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A cheap, light, powerful, engine...............that ran on salt water would be nice

bit too much to ask i suspect
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More wishes and some electrogeek links

Howabout an electric motor (or two or three or four), powered by a bank of LiIon batts, charged by a PV panel bank and an auxiliary petrol or diesel genny, situated under the console, for when its cloudy.
Wishful thinking?
Nope!
check this link if you like...
http://www.evparts.com/firstpage.php

Imagine a bank of four 35hp rated motors coupled to a two speed gearbox, overvoltaged to produce approx 1.5 times their rated outpout. The torque these babies give is spectacular and comes from 0rpm. They could drive a custom prop to fully exploit the torque and ........ stop me I'm going wild here.

PLUS ......... with N O sound. Like sailing!

Still I wonder what would happen to the batts in a marine environment

For all who are drooling over kilowatts here are some interesting links.

http://evcl.com/914/
http://www.evuk.co.uk/
http://www.econogics.com/ev/evboats.htm
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Old 21 April 2004, 09:07   #10
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How about a Teleport system

It would save all that lugging around on a trailer.

Beam me to the Caribean, Scotty.
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