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Old 18 May 2017, 04:06   #1
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Foot loops

Pushing for time to get the rib sorted for our trip to the IOM, the list is getting shorter every day but would like to get some sort of foot loops fitted this weekend! Have any of you guys got any suggestions on what best to use to make them or can they be bought off the shelf? Thanks in advance, Tim.
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Old 18 May 2017, 05:34   #2
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Windsurf boards got nice ones. Adjustable.
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I had them on my rib (small valiant DR 490). They were more of a hazard than a help (tripping). I subsquently removed them. If you are going so fast that you think you may be thrown out of the rib then you probably are. My advice is not to fit them. I think I purchased them from Henshaws. They were not cheap but they were very well made.

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Fair point! Only reason I ask about them is that on one occasion on Lough Neagh with high winds and a short sharp 6-8 foot swell, all was going great until I stood up to get my bearings and subsequently nearly fell out of the boat as I dropped off one! My fault for not paying attention I know but that was my thinking. Point taken though, that's why I was just wondering about making some me rather than pay for the expensive type
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I've recently started using a delta that I bought with foot straps fitted and I like them. They certainly make you feel more secure in the boat and it means you can stand to take the shock of a big landing in your legs rather than your spine onto the seat
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Pros and cons, I'd like to give them a go, I'm sure I can fabricate something suitable
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Maybe you could find a old pair of water ski's and remove the foot straps.

My rib had foot straps for each seat,I removed them all except at helm. To much of a trip hazard.
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It's the helm I want them for, might be easier when navigating, steering and throttle? I've struggled in the past without them, might give them a go.
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I fitted some on one of my smaller ribs as I felt it needed it due to the helm position - worked a treat, haven't fitted them to the larger boat as the helm position is higher so I don't feel I need them.

http://www.henshaw.co.uk/products/14...thold-hen00102
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The MoD and RNLI RIB's have them and they seem to be the Henshaws variety.

You could go down the route of webbing straps similar to a dinghy toe strap.

Toe Straps & Fixings | Dinghy Sailing at sailboats.co.uk
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