My point is you need look a little further into why the tubes came off the rib,It dosnt hold water with me that it is only a Cabin rib problem with a bow locker?
I am not sure what the logics behind those assumptions are,maybe Nick could explain ?
Nick could you give us any details of any work you have had to do as far as Cabin ribs go to stop the problem of bow tube loss on cabin ribs?
Before I suggest any changes to a design that is used commercialy and tested with in exess of 5yrs safe operation commercialy offshore, I would like more info.
I dont buy into the idea that its only a Cabin rib problem with a fixed bow locker and that it has to have a hard nose? but I do buy into the idea that people want to sell there concept of rib and they will try and find a unique selling point to justifie this.
Nick have you done any tube work on any Cabin hard nosed ribs that have coused you to come to the conclusion that a Cabin rib needs hard nose to be seaworthy?,as the stats prove this to be the opposite for commercial ribs used all day and every day ?
I appologise if I sound a little sceptical on this point, but I can understand the joy and satisfaction for those selling hard nose ribs, if they are able to establish that it is there ribs only, that are the way forward for a seaworthy boat, this tries and prohibits otheres ever owning one with a soft nose.
And its Salesmans Dream and total crap in my oppinion.
If its design right then its hard or soft in my oppinion both have advantages and disadvantages,but its not terminal unless eithere is designed and built badly and they come off,when you dont want it to.