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Old 04 September 2004, 11:48   #1
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Is size everthing !!!

Now the female members of Rib net might take this the wrong way but is width as important as length ? or are both combined better ( In ribs of course ) I am refering to wide beam craft and the ever increasing sizes in LOA which are appearing on the market. I am interested to hear other viewpoints on the " Big is better" school of thought. or is it simply what you do with it the anwser ?
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Old 04 September 2004, 14:07   #2
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Not done much on ribs, but with cruisers the more weight it has the better for sea keeping,
I would say more how it is used is alway important! Being badly handled it is not good for anything. Width and length always counts, , the bigger [the rib ] the better!
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Old 05 September 2004, 16:07   #3
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Length and width?

Both are important but it depends on how you want to use the boat.

Longer and thinner for going fast and with a deep V for good seakeeping.

Wider and possibly longer for carrying more weight.

I would also say that heavier is most definately not better unless the weight is in a structure that needs to be as strong as it is heavy.
My boat performs best - seakeeping wise - with two people on board. Much more weight and it's not happy - it starts to behave like a cruiser and has to hammer its way through the waves rather than gracefully flying across the tops!

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Old 06 September 2004, 14:15   #4
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We run a 48ft rib with tripple 300hp inboards its fantastic in the rough, at 6
tonnes it goes through most seas. SIZE IS !!!!!. The only problam is nobody wan'ts to know in the rib park and it cost a fortune anywere else.
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We run a 48ft rib with tripple 300hp inboards its fantastic in the rough, at 6
tonnes it goes through most seas. SIZE IS !!!!!. The only problam is nobody wan'ts to know in the rib park and it cost a fortune anywere else.
What RIB is that???
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Old 06 September 2004, 18:43   #6
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Long and thin and light

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We run a 48ft rib with tripple 300hp inboards its fantastic in the rough, at 6
tonnes it goes through most seas. SIZE IS !!!!!. The only problam is nobody wan'ts to know in the rib park and it cost a fortune anywere else.
But it's not a heavy boat.

Being a Cougar hull it is long and thin with a deep V and at 6 tonnes for 48 feet it is a light boat as well!


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Old 07 September 2004, 09:26   #8
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We run a 48ft rib with tripple 300hp inboards its fantastic in the rough, at 6
tonnes it goes through most seas. SIZE IS !!!!!. The only problam is nobody wan'ts to know in the rib park and it cost a fortune anywere else.
Was that you going up the solent from Yarmouth way to Cowes on Sat 28 Aug (the day of the Round the Island power boat race) around 3:30pm?
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Old 07 September 2004, 15:39   #9
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Being a Cougar hull it is long and thin with a deep V and at 6 tonnes for 48 feet it is a light boat as well! Duncan
Didn't know that Cougar made RIBs
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Cougar RIBs

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Didn't know that Cougar made RIBs
Cougar have recently got into making production RIBs and have one based on their Honda 225hp race boat - looks very nice. They also have some smaller ones based on, I believe, the Coastline hulls.

However the 48' one was probably a one off for a "specialist" application?
The hull looks very much like their US-46 raceboat hull.

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