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Old 08 July 2012, 11:17   #11
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Has anyone ever made fiberglass tubes, I have seen RIB's built with aluminium tubes but has anyone made the from fiberglass, I have a 4mtr RIB with no tubes, I was thinking of putting glass tubes on her and use it for fishing, attach the fendering and handles to the fiberglass tubes and mount a single jockey seat, I would imagine it would not be very comfortable in rough conditions, what do ye think....
I think the ride quality of the boat will remain the same, obviously sitting on fibreglass tubes ain't gonna be comfy.
I'd give it a go if you've got the time and "spare" money.
I think its flugga up the Shetlands use PVC pipe and seem to do the job...
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I suspect you'll have a few iterations trying to get the tubes to stay attached. The leverage of a rigid, buoyant, edge-mounted tube repeatedly slamming against the water has to be huge. Hypalon, as stated before re: rid comfort, flexes to absorb that shock, but glass won't.

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I know i am replying a bit late, but i wanted to know if you did try to make the tubes out of fiberglass?? I am doing that experiment right now and should be testing it next weekend. I modified a mercury 3.40m inflatable. If any one is interested i will post some pics and how the boat performs.
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