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Old 23 July 2007, 14:34   #11
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The boat will still float with ALL the tubes gone!!!
Some will, some won't. Wouldn't like to bank on it!
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If you are pushing it in rough seas you can use a stuffing strap - basically a ratchet strap over the bow to the towing eye to stop the tubes ripping off but I doubt anyone on here has ever bothered.
I don't think it's a matter of not bothering. They're simply not necessary on most RIBs.

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If you are pushing it in rough seas you can use a stuffing strap - basically a ratchet strap over the bow to the towing eye to stop the tubes ripping off but I doubt anyone on here has ever bothered.
Codders where can you buy one of them. Never seen one that you can buy seperate but would be a good idea.

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Mine's got stuffing straps
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Codders where can you buy one of them. Never seen one that you can buy seperate but would be a good idea.

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Never seen one for sale. What you really need is something Y shaped so it goes over both sides of the bow. A normal ratchet strap and a bridle rigged properly will do it.

If you have a large bow locker or raised sundeck then it's not needed so much as there is plenty of support for the tubes.
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Some will, some won't. Wouldn't like to bank on it!I don't think it's a matter of not bothering. They're simply not necessary on most RIBs.

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Good point. I was thinking of my RIB which floats with the tubes clear of the water anyway.
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A lot of it comes down to driver error as well.
Yep... learn to drive properly and remember that if you treat your RIB well than it might just treat you well too. Alternatively drive like a moron as the bloke in the Zodiac CZ27 video does, and the driver in the Boomeranger video. Their boats won't last long.
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Youtube clips of ribs are spectacular, they look very safe. What was wandering is, I looked at a couple of boats the other day made by Chapperral(spellng maybe incorrect) they were medium quick and lovely looking machines but looked quite small for the sea. Are these designed for lakes and rivers or are they suitable for near the coast sea use, really like them but safety for sea use is still primary importance.

http://www.globaltradepartners.co.uk...&listingID=114

http://www.globaltradepartners.co.uk...&listingID=122

Both boats very nice but not sure if they suitable for coastal sea use safely?
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There is a huge variety of these sports boats around, all much cheaper than RIBS, but they have a different function.

In my observations they get used a lot in nice sunny weather, where the seas are reasonably sheltered. You don't see them out much in rough weather or open waters, not because they're not safe, but they are not much fun with an uncomfortable and hard ride.

Having said that, there are blue water boats configured like this (usually without the leather console look!), and RIBS that are no fun in the rough either.

All boats are a compromise - I'd first sort out what your primary uses and requirements are, who you are going to be using it with, where you will be using it, what kind of "look" you are after, do you want new or are happy second hand are and then prioritise around your budget. You'll get great advice on RIBs on this forum.
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Codders where can you buy one of them. Never seen one that you can buy seperate but would be a good idea.

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Anne Summers does a nice range....
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