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Old 07 October 2016, 16:31   #11
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Hello Sirs and Madams,

I'm an undergraduate Mechanical Engineering student at UBC in Vancouver, BC, Canada. In the final year of our degree, all engineering students are required to complete a culminating design project for a real-world client. My team has been engaged by a local rigid hull inflatable boat manufacturer to create a vessel-integrated, automated collar inflation and pressure monitoring system.

As part of our project requirements, my team is required to carry out a user needs assessment, as well as create a market assessment. We've experienced considerable difficulty identifying local owner/operators willing to have a conversation with us, so we have decided to look slightly further abroad.

I was hoping that some of you fine, upstanding forum members, would be willing to answer some basic questions regarding your current methods for collar pressure maintenance, as well as your opinions regarding what features/functionality you would like to see in an on-board, automated system.

My team and I would very appreciative if you could answer all, or a portion thereof, of the following questions:

1) What size of RIB do you own/operate?

6.5m

2) How many compartments constitute that vessel's collar?

5

3) What is the general category of use for the vessel? Recreational? Commercial/Industrial? Enforcement/SAR?

Recreational

4) What equipment and methods do you currently employ to inflate/maintain the compartment pressures? For example: How do you assess collar pressures? By 'feel' or sound? A portable or permanently installed gauge? When required, how do you top up the compartments? A foot pump? Portable compressor (DC or AC supplied)? Compressed gas cylinders? On-board compressor and distribution system?

Stirrup pump, by feel

5) Approximately how much did your current system cost to purchase?

15

6) How frequently do you check and/or top up the pressure in the collar?

Every time I use it / when needed

7) With your current system, approximately how long does this process take on average? Please include time to assess pressures, set up your inflation system, inflate the collar compartments, and take down.

10 minutes

8) On a scale of 1-10, how satisfied are you with your current system? We'd appreciate any justification you are willing to provide. What do you specifically like or dislike about it?

10, easy, cheap, reliable

9) How interested would you be in replacing your current system with one that would not require bringing any equipment to the vessel, would automatically alert the operator to low collar pressures, and could quickly inflate the collar to specified pressure with a single press of a button? This could be done dockside or on the water.

Not at all

10) Could you suggest any specific functionality or features that would, in your opinion, add significant value to such as system?

Clean tubes!

11) Could you estimate the total cost (system + installation) at which such a system would become significantly less appealing than your original assessment? (I realize cheaper is always better, but at what point would cost prevent you from seriously considering purchasing such a system?)

I wouldn't purchase a system.

I know cars have tyre pressure monitoring systems and maybe for an emergency services vessel it might be applicable but I'm struggling to see a benefit.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this extensive post, and my team and I would be indebted to any of you able and willing to respond.

If anyone believes that this post would be appropriate for posting in another sub-forum/topic where it may be viewed/responded to more frequently, please let me know.

For anyone whose made it this far down, thanks for reading!!
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Old 07 October 2016, 16:48   #12
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The SIB world use electric pumps far more than the RIB world. RIBbers who need to top up lots have a leak and should be fixing it. So if they aren't fixing it I doubt they are paying for an electronic bit of kit except perhaps in the most extreme uses where they need to keep operating even if the tube is damaged...

But a solution for a SIB needs to be smaller, lighter, more waterproof, self contained with a battery and still include over inflation protection, allow manual top up if the electronic version fails etc... I'm guessing it'd really need to be built into the SIB at manufacture...
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Old 07 October 2016, 17:00   #13
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Naz at venture marine makes a system like this. It's a viable option in the super yacht tender world and to assist in storing in the tender garage. Inflate and deflate
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Old 07 October 2016, 19:37   #14
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Thanks to everyone for their input. We appreciate your time and attention, and non-interest is a perfectly valid response! There was an expectation that the concept would not create a huge amount of interest among private/recreational owners, but the academic constraints of the project require validation cases for pretty much every aspect of the project, and your feedback helps provide support for our design process.

If anyone else feels like contributing, consider yourself encouraged to do so, as even more of the same opinion strengthens our decision making process.

Thanks again!
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Old 08 October 2016, 03:00   #15
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1) What size of RIB do you own/operate? 5.5m

2) How many compartments constitute that vessel's collar? 5

3) What is the general category of use for the vessel? Recreational

4) What equipment and methods do you currently employ to inflate/maintain the compartment pressures? Foot pump, over pressure valves, fill to sound

5) Approximately how much did your current system cost to purchase? 0 - came with boat

6) How frequently do you check and/or top up the pressure in the collar? every time we go out due to heat changes

7) With your current system, approximately how long does this process take on average? 5 mins or so

8) On a scale of 1-10, how satisfied are you with your current system? 7

9) How interested would you be in replacing your current system with one that would not require bringing any equipment to the vessel, would automatically alert the operator to low collar pressures, and could quickly inflate the collar to specified pressure with a single press of a button? This could be done dockside or on the water. I wouldn't - kISS

10) Could you suggest any specific functionality or features that would, in your opinion, add significant value to such as system? Nope

11) Could you estimate the total cost (system + installation) at which such a system would become significantly less appealing than your original assessment? Nope



Answered for you, I understand that academic research is different to real R&D. I would however suggest you use Survey Monkey or similier for this type of research - so much better.
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Old 08 October 2016, 07:21   #16
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Hello Sirs and Madams,



1) What size of RIB do you own/operate? 8.1m

2) How many compartments constitute that vessel's collar? 7

3) What is the general category of use for the vessel? Recreational? Commercial/Industrial? Enforcement/SAR? Recreational

4) What equipment and methods do you currently employ to inflate/maintain the compartment pressures? For example: How do you assess collar pressures? By 'feel' or sound? A portable or permanently installed gauge? When required, how do you top up the compartments? A foot pump? Portable compressor (DC or AC supplied)? Compressed gas cylinders? On-board compressor and distribution system? Hand pump and done by feel.

5) Approximately how much did your current system cost to purchase? 0

6) How frequently do you check and/or top up the pressure in the collar? Once a month in changing temperature

7) With your current system, approximately how long does this process take on average? Please include time to assess pressures, set up your inflation system, inflate the collar compartments, and take down. 5-10mins

8) On a scale of 1-10, how satisfied are you with your current system? We'd appreciate any justification you are willing to provide. What do you specifically like or dislike about it? 7

9) How interested would you be in replacing your current system with one that would not require bringing any equipment to the vessel, would automatically alert the operator to low collar pressures, and could quickly inflate the collar to specified pressure with a single press of a button? This could be done dockside or on the water. Not really. The pump is cheap a system would be thousands

10) Could you suggest any specific functionality or features that would, in your opinion, add significant value to such as system? Self regulating

11) Could you estimate the total cost (system + installation) at which such a system would become significantly less appealing than your original assessment? (I realize cheaper is always better, but at what point would cost prevent you from seriously considering purchasing such a system?) 500

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this extensive post, and my team and I would be indebted to any of you able and willing to respond.

If anyone believes that this post would be appropriate for posting in another sub-forum/topic where it may be viewed/responded to more frequently, please let me know.

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Old 08 October 2016, 08:04   #17
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1) What size of RIB do you own/operate? 5.5m



2) How many compartments constitute that vessel's collar? 5



3) What is the general category of use for the vessel? Recreational



4) What equipment and methods do you currently employ to inflate/maintain the compartment pressures? Foot pump, over pressure valves, fill to sound



5) Approximately how much did your current system cost to purchase? 0 - came with boat



6) How frequently do you check and/or top up the pressure in the collar? every time we go out due to heat changes



7) With your current system, approximately how long does this process take on average? 5 mins or so



8) On a scale of 1-10, how satisfied are you with your current system? 7



9) How interested would you be in replacing your current system with one that would not require bringing any equipment to the vessel, would automatically alert the operator to low collar pressures, and could quickly inflate the collar to specified pressure with a single press of a button? This could be done dockside or on the water. I wouldn't - kISS



10) Could you suggest any specific functionality or features that would, in your opinion, add significant value to such as system? Nope



11) Could you estimate the total cost (system + installation) at which such a system would become significantly less appealing than your original assessment? Nope







Answered for you, I understand that academic research is different to real R&D. I would however suggest you use Survey Monkey or similier for this type of research - so much better.

Exactly the same, just a 6.3m boat with 3 chambers.
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Old 08 October 2016, 09:13   #18
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Exactly the same, just a 6.3m boat with 3 chambers.
3 chambers as constructed or a couple of baffles calved? I've never heard of a grown up RIB with less than 5 chambers!
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Old 09 October 2016, 09:01   #19
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Hello Sirs and Madams,

Interesting project, even if acedemic, not commercially viable

1) What size of RIB do you own/operate?
6m

2) How many compartments constitute that vessel's collar?
5

3) What is the general category of use for the vessel? Recreational? Commercial/Industrial? Enforcement/SAR?
Recreational

4) What equipment and methods do you currently employ to inflate/maintain the compartment pressures? For example: How do you assess collar pressures? By 'feel' or sound? A portable or permanently installed gauge? When required, how do you top up the compartments? A foot pump? Portable compressor (DC or AC supplied)? Compressed gas cylinders? On-board compressor and distribution system?
Footpump - inflation to feel / (although pressure gauge supplied with boat)

5) Approximately how much did your current system cost to purchase?
0 came with boat

6) How frequently do you check and/or top up the pressure in the collar? Every time of use

7) With your current system, approximately how long does this process take on average? Please include time to assess pressures, set up your inflation system, inflate the collar compartments, and take down.
3-5 min, but part of pre-inspection checks

8) On a scale of 1-10, how satisfied are you with your current system? We'd appreciate any justification you are willing to provide. What do you specifically like or dislike about it?
9. It's simple, cheap and works.

9) How interested would you be in replacing your current system with one that would not require bringing any equipment to the vessel, would automatically alert the operator to low collar pressures, and could quickly inflate the collar to specified pressure with a single press of a button? This could be done dockside or on the water.
Would not be, putting a bit of air in tubes is not a problem Why add complexity?

10) Could you suggest any specific functionality or features that would, in your opinion, add significant value to such as system?
Not for recreational use on a rib

11) Could you estimate the total cost (system + installation) at which such a system would become significantly less appealing than your original assessment? (I realize cheaper is always better, but at what point would cost prevent you from seriously considering purchasing such a system?)
Any cost / maintenance time /cost to system. Footpump or even portable electric pumps are cost effective and work well.
Good luck with the project
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I think some kind of pressure indicator built into the valve caps might be of interest, even just over/under pressure warning (at the right price) but beyond that......
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