Originally Posted by gtflash
how silly a comment!! You cant stereo type every rib to be nose happy just because yours is!! U obviously never been in an osprey or scorpion to name jus a couple!! If its beamy or got alot of flare upfront then its bound to throw its head, if its not it aint gonna so much! Hence its hull shape dude not boat type!!
My RIB is far from being nose happy - I deliberately didn't want 2x engines and I asked for the console to be placed further forward for better balancing.
When I see RIBs landing off waves they are almost always stern heavy. In some cases I can quite understand why - passenger carrying boats when unladen for example.
Of course in a following sea you want the bow as light as possible - normally boats are some sort of a compromise but for the ultimate in performance people fit bow ballast tanks for a good reason!!!
Study this video as a classic example.
Right at the start it gets very high - obviosuly with a load of passengers it would be a different story - maybe a bow ballast tank for running unladen?
The Zodiac is better balanced than most but even that lands slightly stern first after a jump.