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Old 21 April 2016, 04:32   #1
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In or out?

In the relationship between hull and tube design has it been concluded that the tubes should be touching the water at rest or out of it.

Assuming with appropriate weight etc I would have thought they should be touching at rest to provide the famed stability but you do see so many and from apparent decent manufactures which are well above.

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Old 21 April 2016, 05:10   #2
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It depends, to an extent, on the type of rib.
In a commercial outfit or dive rib where stability is paramount, defiantly in the water.
On a fast sport rib, probably just touching or even out. If high speed handling is key then getting the tubes well out of the water will allow greater angles of lean in without the tubes lifting the back of the hull out of the water and reducing "grip".
That's the great thing about ribs, there are all different types for all different people.
Provided you get the type that's right for you and appreciate its design features (limitations) you'll be fine.
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That makes a lot sense. Thanks. Yeah I agree that there really is something for everyone in RIB designs.
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