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Old 02 July 2013, 16:58   #1
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Has there ever been a RIB with a console running from anchor locker in the bow to transom?
Seems to be a good design feature in my mind.
Strength and storage.
Needn't be glass, could be two SS rails running from bow to stern incorporating the profile for the bow locker along to bow jockey, through to console onto helm jockey, then onto passenger jockey incorporating fuel cage etc and then onto transom strengthening the whole structure bow to stern.
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And I recall the word "strengthening" being used.
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You don't need the strengthening on the deck; you need it on the hull. And for most boats, they're already built in.

A full length "console" would really screw with deck space.

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Running from bow to transom would strengthen the hull. Any deck strengthening would help the hull but that's not the point.
I'd like a single seat in front of the console and one behind it. Seems natural to have this as one unit to allow for fuel storage etc., rather than have individual units. It would actually create cleared deck space free from straps, pipes and ropes.
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To be fair on smaller ribs, SR4 for example, the one piece console/jockey structure is exactly that. Jockey behind and fuel underneath. some even have the seat on the front as well, where room provides. Commonly known as the suicide seat

Just with a small gap at the front for practicality to access the bow, and a small gap at the rear for the engine to tip up. The tubing etc comes out of the rear of the unit and goes to the engine.

I don't see there being much need to strengthen further. I haven't heard of one rib that has "broken". Therefore to run the whole length, does make it impractical imho
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HP, it was never about strengthening at all really, that's simply a positive by product. It was more about a one piece unit that has a bow locker, console, rear seat and extra fuel storage. On an SR4 that would fit as a spine. And would look quite neat if a little jet ski like.
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Strength ... strengthening the whole structure bow to stern.
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it was never about strengthening at all
You may be confusing some folks ...
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I appreciate that Leapy. It was meant as an "also/by the way" sort of comment. Ok clarification, as a single unit running the length of the boat for seating and storage......... it will also, as a by product, undoubtedly add strength to the structure.
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I appreciate that Leapy. It was meant as an "also/by the way" sort of comment. Ok clarification, as a single unit running the length of the boat for seating and storage......... it will also, as a by product, undoubtedly add strength to the structure.
Oooh, in that case... Nope, never seen it.

Jet ski then?
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