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Old 14 November 2009, 14:00   #1
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Rigid Non -Inflatable Boats??

I've seen a few RIB look-a-likes over the past few months. Ones like this one
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/JET-RIB-15FT-A...item1e59192727

Dose the ally tube shape offer any buoyancy?
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If the alloy tubes/tanks are water tight then yes.
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Have you ever used one mate?
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Nope looked at getting an Alloy boat the cost put me off.
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Nope looked at getting an Alloy boat the cost put me off.
Cost of repair or??
If they offer the same kind of buoyancy as tubes I like the idea.
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I was looking at new, it was the cost of buying one.
I'm comparing two completely different boats though.

Could do with some more photos of that one your looking at.
Saw quite a few alloy boats in Norway and they were very impressive.
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Wonder how thick the alloy is on the tube sections.
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There's a couple of similarly built boats that operate around here (west coast US): One is a 26 or 28 footer built by ACB, or Aluminum Chambered Boats, out of Bellingham, Washington; the other smaller boat is I think out of New Zealand, a company called Stabicraft.

Don't have a clue about construction of either, other than the ACB's are built like tanks. Solid boats. The Stabicraft in question (about a 15 or 16 footer, if I remember correctly) has been running for about 10 years, and looks much the same as when I first saw it.

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That's interesting JKY, thanks
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Dose the ally tube shape offer any buoyancy
of course-in the same way that an oil drum does when ya build a raft for charity runs. The upthrust is equal to the weight of water displaced.
I was asked to test a new one of them down in Bristol years back but wasnt prepared to drive down there and back so they got a new boy with no knowledge of ribs but hungrier for the fee to do it Seemed ok from the report that appeared in the angling mag, but then again never trust magazine reports esp when the manufacturer is also a fee paying advertiser Must be b**** cold on the bum sitting on the toobs in winter
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