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Old 11 November 2008, 15:41   #31
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Being a development boat we worked on K'ado for sometime with Redbay. As with most things in life the finished product is a mix of many enfleunces and resources.

I have only had positive comments about her design. When seen in the flesh she has a huge positive impact. A number of others appear to feel the same and have voted with their chequebooks.

As a cruiser she is very comfortable with proper seats and four point safety belts for the rough stuff. They are much more comfortable than jockey seats and very secure if cruising with kids at the end of the day/ early night.Her cabin has two bunks which regularily get used for snoozes and after dinner naps. The kids love to close themselves into the cabin to watch DVDs whilst we are travelling. We resisted the temptation to install a cooker as we find we generally get to port by mealtime.

The canopy has totally changed our approach to boating. In winter we can go boating in more severe conditions and without the need for heavy weather gear. We are able to use our boat throughout the year. The canopy also gives us greater shelter and safety for the kids allowing us to go on longer cruises to more remote places. Eighty mile hops are effortlessly achieved before lunchtime.


On the fun side of things, strip off the canopy, bring out the inflatable toys a and away you go.

As regards seakeeping we have had green water accross our roof with four kids on board on the west coast of Ireland. No worries with Redbay!

Apologies if she is not up to some peoples standards.

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Old 11 November 2008, 15:55   #32
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Hi guys

Being a development boat we worked on K'ado for sometime with Redbay. As with most things in life the finished product is a mix of many enfleunces and resources.

I have only had positive comments about her design. When seen in the flesh she has a huge positive impact. A number of others appear to feel the same and have voted with their chequebooks.

As a cruiser she is very comfortable with proper seats and four point safety belts for the rough stuff. They are much more comfortable than jockey seats and very secure if cruising with kids at the end of the day/ early night.Her cabin has two bunks which regularily get used for snoozes and after dinner naps. The kids love to close themselves into the cabin to watch DVDs whilst we are travelling. We resisted the temptation to install a cooker as we find we generally get to port by mealtime.

The canopy has totally changed our approach to boating. In winter we can go boating in more severe conditions and without the need for heavy weather gear. We are able to use our boat throughout the year. The canopy also gives us greater shelter and safety for the kids allowing us to go on longer cruises to more remote places. Eighty mile hops are effortlessly achieved before lunchtime.


On the fun side of things, strip off the canopy, bring out the inflatable toys a and away you go.

As regards seakeeping we have had green water accross our roof with four kids on board on the west coast of Ireland. No worries with Redbay!

Apologies if she is not up to some peoples standards.

Rgds
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When seen in the flesh
she has a huge positive impact.
A number of others appear to feel the same and have voted with their chequebooks.
Apologies if she is not up to some peoples standards.
Have seen her.
She does.
My chequebook isn't worthy!
She is.
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If you have not yet done it call or visit Polaris in Langley BC. They know your conditions and can come up with a few options that would work for BC waters. They build a great boat.

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Polaris is who I have speced the boat with. Recreational ribbing is not that big in North America, so I'm looking for ideas/opinions from the experts here on ribnet.

I may supplement some of Guy's ideas with those of boats in the UK. More specifically moving away from the usual local standup rib as opposed to the jockey/lower consul found in the UK.

I'm going to bring some of the pictures off this site and see what we can come up with.

I have never seen the heated gear over here... maybe I should become the Canadian distributor...that could fund shipping a redbay over here!
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EZgoing,

What material is your windscreen made of? I'm assuming Lexan, the ability to mount it with what appear to multiple holes in a curved piece without cracks has me curious.

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Something like this is the plan...

http://www.titanboats.com/sr249xl.html
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Here's another one...
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I second Ezgoing's comments about the comfort of proper cover and secure seating. Mostly folk on ribnet make comment about how a boat looks and that appears to be the general method of assessment. It's a fairly minor consideration for me...form before function seems to be the modern way...perhaps I'm just too old. Anyway, I think your initial idea of a three sided cabin/wheelhouse with a rear curtain for protection and warmth is a good one. A 6mtr boat can easily accommodate a structure of medium weight.

I'd take care when considering the ribs with a console and roof as you've linked to above. I ran a rib like this for a couple of seasons but it had a few disadvantages which were too unsatisfactory for me and eventually the roof was removed. (I've still got it if anyone wants a roof FOC.) The first is that there is a surprising amount of heat from the sun to keep you warm in an open boat, even in overcast weather, compared to always being in the shade under a roof. Obviously if you're in a warm climate then the shade will be an advantage but I never found it so here. Secondly, the air that may otherwise deflect above your head is trapped by the roof and you're captured in that draught between the top of the screen and the roof. Thirdly, there is considerable reflection of noise from the outboard motor reflected off the inside of the roof, enough to make a long journey wearying and I found it irritating, so much so I took to wearing ear defenders.
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JW can you post pics of your current setup? What would you think of the boats I've suggested sans roof? Your points make sense...perhaps frame the roof and make the top and sides a canvas affair?

One thing though, if you look at the pics, you'll notice that there is no gap between the top of the windscreen and the roof...

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JW can you post pics of your current setup?
There are a few on Ribnet already if you do a search. There are also pics of the boat with the roof.
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One thing though, if you look at the pics, you'll notice that there is no gap between the top of the windscreen and the roof...
Yep, I didn't notice that. One other thing I'll mention is to have a console which is plenty wide enough to protect both of your legs from the draught whipping by. On the boat with the roof, I had full height side screens at approx 45º. They were wide enough to overlap the tubes. One was fixed and the other pivoted inward to the console side for access to the front of the boat. However, I don't think it is unreasonable to have to stand on the tubes to move forward provided there is a good hand hold on the console. The extra console width is worth having for its protection.

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