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Old 04 October 2006, 17:48   #1
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Just an Idea!!

Anyone here any experience with a Bowrider style of console on a RIB, the only one I saw was on a Pasco I think. I was thinking along these lines with a centre walk-though, though a door that would close whilst underway afforing crew a little more protection in rough/cold conditions. For a 6/6.5m..ish RIB but I expect you'd need a pretty beamy boat for it to work correctly.


I was also thinking of a removable rigid bow cover of some sort that one could sleep under and dry store supplies whilst out for an extended cruise, coupled to the bowrider Idea could make for an interesting project.
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Anyone here any experience with a Bowrider style of console on a RIB, the only one I saw was on a Pasco I think. I was thinking along these lines with a centre walk-though, though a door that would close whilst underway afforing crew a little more protection in rough/cold conditions. For a 6/6.5m..ish RIB but I expect you'd need a pretty beamy boat for it to work correctly.


I was also thinking of a removable rigid bow cover of some sort that one could sleep under and dry store supplies whilst out for an extended cruise, coupled to the bowrider Idea could make for an interesting project.
I have thought about this myself Andy. The problem appears to be the loss of space on the dashboard for nav equipment & VHF etc when you fit the door. I think a one piece design (without the door) would be better. This could be offset on the deck to allow forward access and good deck drainage.


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A bit like this in fact... Thanks Hydrolift
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Maybe it's just me but boats with offset consoles/wheelhouses just don't look "right"!!!
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Old 04 October 2006, 18:40   #5
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I have thought about this myself Andy. The problem appears to be the loss of space on the dashboard for nav equipment & VHF etc when you fit the door. I think a one piece design (without the door) would be better. This could be offset on the deck to allow forward access and good deck drainage.


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I'm glad you mentioned this Ian.

I thought that the consoles could overhang the tubes either side to at least the middle of them. The steering and engine controls to be mounted on one and an angled pod (in the helms direction) for the plotter and depth/fish finder with VHF radio and any other crap you wanted on there.

One problem I was thinking about was whether to mount the consol direct to the tubes or not? I did fancy a tube moulded design with a wrap round piece tapering down each side may be just level to the helms person with a throttle mounted in that same place.

How strong would this consol have to be, to be bonded onto the tubes? Also I liked the Idea of bonding raised side pieces on the fore deck and linking the consols to a substansually raised Anchor locker with built in Sampsons post.
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Maybe it's just me but boats with offset consoles/wheelhouses just don't look "right"!!!
Yeh, I like symmitry too Codprawn.
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Maybe it's just me but boats with offset consoles/wheelhouses just don't look "right"!!!
There is a reason for this

Mainly on smaller boats
This is to counterweight the boat, the prop turns 1 way, this will leen the boat to one side, and so putting the consol to 1 side levels the boat out.

Take the Avon Searider just like my 5.4m, the consolit set on the right hand side.

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I think the main reason for the console offset is to permit walkaround access to the bow area, boat appears to have too narrow a beam for access from port and starboard both. Could be wrong though, been wrong before...
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Andy I like the idea big time!
I'm looking at the sea fox which would be great if it had some tubes & was better thought of!

There is one maker doing this can't think of there name
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Old 05 October 2006, 04:23   #10
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No bow seating area but enough dash room, a glove box and almost 6' of storage under the foredeck .......... oh yeah it's a RIB as well!

7 seater coming for next season as well!
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