Putting a RIB together and bracing hull
A project is headed my way in the very near future, assembling a couple of RIBS, one 5 metre and one 6 metres. Don't know the country of origin...
Both will come in halves, deck and hull seperate, and my end of things is in sticking them together, not that I've done anything like it before!.
Personally, I reckon the hulls are a bit flimsy, only having a couple of 40mm dia poly pipes glassed in as 'strengthening'. Not that the glass is very much either, on the inner surfaces I can only see CSM. We hope there is a layer of woven under the gelcoat!
The bits have been out in the weather for a year or two, but apart from handling damage / filthy, appear otherwise ok.
ANY thoughts, pointers, ideas, 'how-to's', would be greatly appreciated, as I can't duck out of this one! I'm resigned to laying down at least one layer of glass cloth if needed, and maybe wood stringers for a bit of rigidity...
The tubes are pre-made and ready for someone else to fit, but they'll head back to me for fit-out etc. Looking at 70 to 100 hp 4-stroke motors as a General Purpose / Family Runabout / Fishing.
Thanks, from Wet and Wintry Perth, Western Australia...