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Old 28 April 2015, 13:52   #1
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Rib Design - Tips For Manufacturers

From experience here is a list of my likes and dislikes when it comes to Rib design, feel free to add to,


Like
Plenty of hand holds, including around the console
Ropes around the tubes
Plenty storage space
Somewhere you can put things on the console or a glove box, for phone, fags etc
Somewhere to stretch out in the bow, lay down and read a book.
Ladder off the back
A Frames not GRP frames, which are sensible and can carry multiples aerials etc
Decent size tubes under deck, preferably on both sides running into console so you can fit more electronics etc and cables.
Normal sized nav screen.
Seating type options, bolster, jockey or suspension


Dislike
Suicide seats, they just waste space.
Consoles that are difficult to access the back of the electronics
Teh use of any self tapping screw
A Frames which look like they were made for a design students project which have limited real use.
Massive nav screens on ribs, they look daft.
Nav lights fitted to lower part of console, they aint going to be effective, they shoudl be on an A Frame.
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Old 28 April 2015, 14:21   #2
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Hi all

I would add to this list

Wear patches to walk on (my ribs has none)

A d ring which you can easily reach from the pontoon (mine is on the water line and can't be reached unless you go for a swim)

2 batteries or at least a switch to take two if only one is offered

Midships cleats or similar to hang fenders on




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Old 28 April 2015, 14:23   #3
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Get rid of kill cords and make them an accessory



More grab handles for sure, but that's about it. You don't like it, you buy something else.




Engine manufacturers however , would be a different story.
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Old 28 April 2015, 14:34   #4
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From experience here is a list of my likes and dislikes when it comes to Rib design, feel free to add to,


Like
Plenty of hand holds, including around the console
Ropes around the tubes
Plenty storage space
Somewhere you can put things on the console or a glove box, for phone, fags etc
Somewhere to stretch out in the bow, lay down and read a book.
Ladder off the back
A Frames not GRP frames, which are sensible and can carry multiples aerials etc
Decent size tubes under deck, preferably on both sides running into console so you can fit more electronics etc and cables.
Normal sized nav screen.
Seating type options, bolster, jockey or suspension


Dislike
Suicide seats, they just waste space.
Consoles that are difficult to access the back of the electronics
Teh use of any self tapping screw
A Frames which look like they were made for a design students project which have limited real use.
Massive nav screens on ribs, they look daft.
Nav lights fitted to lower part of console, they aint going to be effective, they shoudl be on an A Frame.
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Hi all

I would add to this list

Wear patches to walk on (my ribs has none)

A d ring which you can easily reach from the pontoon (mine is on the water line and can't be reached unless you go for a swim)

2 batteries or at least a switch to take two if only one is offered

Midships cleats or similar to hang fenders on




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I must be missing something here. If you are buying new, all the points listed above are down to your spec with the builder, if you don't tell him what you want, you'll get what he gives you. If your builder won't give you what you want, find another builder, it's your money. If you're buying second hand, you're stuck with the choices made by the original purchaser, that's the price you pay for buying used. You can't have it both ways
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I've got a second hand rib. My list of 4 things are the only 4 things which are need attention on my rib for me. all of which I'm going to sort over the summer.

Just my opinions which may or may not be useful when thinking of the ideal rib.


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I've got a second hand rib. My list of 4 things are the only 4 things which are need attention on my rib for me. all of which I'm going to sort over the summer.

Just my opinions which may or may not be useful when thinking of the ideal rib.


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If you're going to add a battery, this is the easy way to go


PS just seen that you have an Etec, this has dual battery charging built in. You might need to add the secondary charging harness if not already fitted. Don't use cheap battery switches or wing nuts on any battery connections.
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Thanks. I'll look into that




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I must be missing something here. If you are buying new, all the points listed above are down to your spec with the builder, if you don't tell him what you want, you'll get what he gives you. If your builder won't give you what you want, find another builder, it's your money. If you're buying second hand, you're stuck with the choices made by the original purchaser, that's the price you pay for buying used. You can't have it both ways
You took the words outta my mouth PD!...although modifieing/ enhancing a well made/founded used RIB to suit your needs IS (or at least CAN )....be fun and rewarding too
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modifieing/ enhancing a well made/founded used RIB to suit your needs IS (or at least CAN )....be fun and rewarding too
Fun it most certainly is. Granted I'm now getting fed up patching it but a re-toob will cure that in the fullness of time...
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Why don't we call this "best design features" rather than getting on builders for not doing what they didn't know you wanted. since we are trying to be the positive rib.net.

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