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Old 13 January 2009, 14:53   #31
Country: UK - England
Town: Southport
Boat name: Qudos
Make: 5.4 Searider
Length: 5m +
Engine: Yam 115 V4
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Originally Posted by Delta Rich View Post
We've built numerous "Buoyant Fendered Topside" boats and having the facility to build them in house allows us to manufacture the shape to suit. The FRCs and MoR SOLAS vessels have a larger section as buoyancy, slamming and dropping are key to the craft's survivability in the harshest of environments; we have however produced craft with the same principle but with a half rounded cross-section rather than rectangular to give the aesthetic effect of a traditional RHIB

The benefit of this type of collar is not only its impact resistance and durability but also the fact that it bonds/fastens to the outboard side of a raised hull side; thus effectively increasing the useable deck width, bearing in mind an inflatable collar would sit half in/half out of the boat taking up valuable deck space.
How do they compare for buoyancy and life expectancy (of the "tubes") compared with RIB's Rich?

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