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Old 30 January 2014, 08:15   #1
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help please - cabin rib 'design requirements'

as part of my university degree I am trying to design a practical cabin for a rib 7mtr to 9mtr long . one of the requirements is to get opinions from rib users as to what facilities , equipment and degree of weather protection would be required . your comments would be gratefuly accepted . Thanks Michael Tilley
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Old 30 January 2014, 08:32   #2
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Before buying my RIB (without a cabin) I looked at a few with cabins and felt the ability to move from the back to the front of the boat was sometimes overlooked in some designs.

Some allowed you to climb round the cabin, but required standing on the tubes, others had a hatch in the cabin.

These were different approaches, but the affect the usability of the boat space.

Other issues that I considered were visibility, ventilation and noise supression.
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Old 30 January 2014, 09:35   #3
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Paul, I would look for access to the bow area for morroing, anchor deployment as it can be an issue on some
If going for a cabin option it would have to be a full cabin, not just a canopy with rear open
After that space inside to be optimized and then it depends on what the craft is to be used for, commerical or leisure
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I would ask the question "what purpose is the boat for".

The answer to that would change the build, for example an offshore rescue boat would likely need full immersion and self righting capabilities, where as a weekend cruiser may need more luxurious accommodation and creature comforts.
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practical general purpose cabin rib not rescue boat
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Intertesting - several companies have gone down the 'cabin' route with differing approaches .

Arctic Blue - big enclosed cabon with heads etc that can be walked on.

Shearwater - cuddy cabin ( copied by Ribcraft on thier 'offshore' boat ) that allowed limited walk around one side

Protector - walk through

Redbay - fully enclosed / partial enclosed

Parker - much like redbay

Others have a 'toilet only' type cabin - Cobra I think for one.

On a RIB the great plus is thebing 'intouch' with the water - depending on use fully enclosed may help .

For me the ability to sleep & cook ( something some how) is a plus , toilet is a nice to have .....

Usable covered sapce in the rain is a nice to have.....

Loads of pics out there .....let us know
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1. I've renamed your thread so it may get more 'passing interest'.

2. The essential requirement for a privately owned boat, is a diesel cabin heater so that the boat qualifies for reduced fuel excise rates.
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A cabin rib is very handy bit of kit, if you're doing longer cruises ideal, a bit of an extravagance for trips up the Solent, I only build custom one off stuff now days and I build to a standard not a price, my boats won't be cheap but they will be individual
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Intertesting - several companies have gone down the 'cabin' route with differing approaches .



Parker - much like redbay
Nothing like the Redbay
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Nothing like the Redbay
For once we agree Andre!
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