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Old 05 October 2006, 13:05   #11
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I love Bananashark Cookee, but what I wanted to do was to have a truly versetile RIB with parts I could "bolt" on for different applications. IMHO the bow area is a bit of a wasted space in a RIB except for weighing the Anchor and for tying alongside something. You can't really be there at speed and it allows copiouse amounts of water in when stuffed.

I didn't want a ridgid bow cover as I find that fuffing around on a fore deck in choppy conditions and recovering an Anchor or something rather uncomfortable to do.

Is there no one that could comment on how strong a structure would have to be if it was moulded to the tubes?
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IMHO the bow area is a bit of a wasted space in a RIB except for weighing the Anchor and for tying alongside something. You can't really be there at speed and it allows copiouse amounts of water in when stuffed.
Couldn't agree with you more on that one

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Is there no one that could comment on how strong a structure would have to be if it was moulded to the tubes?
That's beyond my abilities but I would like to see some drawings, or preferrably the real thing. I'm sure it would sell well.


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There was definitely a company doing this a couple of years ago. I think it was based on an older full GRP hull from the same company, just can't remember the name at the moment.

The demonstrator/show boats they built had emerald green tubes as I recall and I think they were built in the West country?
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Here is an example:

http://www.aquaflyte-ribs.com/

Although I'm pretty sure this is a different company to the one I referred to in the previous post. Would be interesting to know if anyone remembers which company that was, as I am racking my brain?!
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Is it not http://www.sorcererboats.com/
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That's it. Thanks!
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This was what I was looking at:


http://www.pascoeinternational.com/page/range2c
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Is there no one that could comment on how strong a structure would have to be if it was moulded to the tubes?
Please dont quote me on this as i do not manufacture ribs, but i do know of manufacturers using the tubes to mould off to make internal seating/stowage.
I cant see any problem with mounting a console partially onto the tube, after all the transom on a rib is moulded to the tube.......and a console would have certainly more surface area against the tube surface. The critical point would be the fixing of the console to the cockpit sole.
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Is there no one that could comment on how strong a structure would have to be if it was moulded to the tubes?
Just clever design with strengthening in the right places...easy peasy
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I've been thinking of a cover for the bow on my next rib made from the same material as the tubes pulled tight over them with some kind of fixing along the top of the hull

Hopefully this would give a removable cover to keep the water out and the contents dry
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