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Old 09 July 2005, 18:16   #1
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Hull materials

I'm looking for my first boat and I'm after a 4m RIB.
A friend's dive club is selling a zodiac with a wooden hull. I'm fairly new to this and had not heard of wooden hulls, I thought they were all fibreglass. What are people's thoughts and advice about going for this? Apart from the obvious increase in weight, what difference will it make?
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Old 09 July 2005, 19:24   #2
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It's not a Rib it sounds more like an inflateable!

at 4 metres then GRP is fine. Avon Searrider SR4's are good boats
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Old 09 July 2005, 22:26   #3
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I should imagine it's wooden floorboards - not a wooden hull.

Floorboards used on a normal inflatble to stiffen up the bottom - they plane easily because bottom is so flat!!!
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Old 10 July 2005, 05:52   #4
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Although I haven't viewed it yet, I'm told that it's actually a wooden hull, not an inflatable with wooden floor. It sounded a bit odd to me as well, which I why I wanted to check it out with you guys!
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