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Old 14 April 2003, 15:57   #11
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In my Avon sea rider manual it says that they made the first ribs in conjunction with Atlantic college.
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Old 14 April 2003, 16:11   #12
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The ultimate inflatable boat book ever written in my oppinion bye the worlds authority on ribs and inflatables is {Inflatables} bye Dag Pike.

Even though it was produced in 1994 most of the contents are relevant today. It is just the buisness and Dag Pike is one mega experienced guy.

It sounds like a little tame as a authoritive piece of inflatable boat literature but I promise you it is not.
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I was just about to post a message but crazyhorse has stolen my thunder. Inflatables by Dag Pike is a very good book and covers all of the history plus plenty of other areas. I happen to have two spare copies if anyone wants one - would do them for face value including postage (£13.99 i think. I'm sure if you shop around you can find them cheaper.) Go to John's Book section on this site and you will see the book we are refering to.

Basically though the story goes:

- RNLI/Atlantic college drag inflatable across beach - it gets rather tatty
- so they add a wooden bottom
- but this slams a bit so why not make it V shaped to cut through waves & voila - a RIB!!


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Sorry about the thunder Paul,but its sat here next to me on the bed side cabinet, and its a better book than a Razzle
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Originally posted by Paul Glatzel

Basically though the story goes:

- RNLI/Atlantic college drag inflatable across beach - it gets rather tatty
- so they add a wooden bottom
- but this slams a bit so why not make it V shaped to cut through waves & voila - a RIB!!

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This is what I read in the Workboat magazine some years ago.

So Mats Dag's your man.


Paul , please PM me your address and I will send you a cheque for one copy of Dag's book

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Old 14 April 2003, 18:51   #16
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Gents, please don't forget the work done about the same time by Tony Lee-Elliott, one of the nice guys in the Rib World. Started in the late 60's building little ribs by hand with his brother. I wish I knew a fraction of what Tony does about ribs. His Flatacraft Ribs were always good quality, with excellent tube work. Many of his staff have moved on over the years and taken the skills with them to benefit our current manufacturers.

He has written an article on the history on hotribs.com.

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"Inflatables" by Dag Pike is also being remaindered by some discount booksellers - look around for this one. I picked up a copy at "Salters Bookshelf" in Kingsbridge for about £3or£4 if I remember correctly. Alternatively go to www.abebooks.com and you'll find quite a few copies.
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