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Old 22 August 2009, 10:57   #31
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Interesting

What about weight. I have seen some 7/8 mt ribs not much more than 1,000 kgs and others that are more than 2,000.
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Old 22 August 2009, 11:09   #32
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Could be down to the quality of build or the materials used?
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Trailing a warp

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even the old trick of towing some sort of drouge or a long loop of rope may give you better control in some circumstances .,,,i know one boater that sometimes tows an old traffic cone [ pointy bit first] when it gets rough
This is fairly standard text book stuff for yachts and I supose other small craft in heavy weather but I had never thought of it for a small rib.

Apart from the fellow with his motorway maintenance kit has anybody else tried it?

What length of line did they use and did they attach anything to the end assuming they didnít have a handy traffic cone to hand?

Did they worry about the line at any stage fowling the prop?

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Tube inflation

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I came to own my boat after the police service that had owned it, stuffed it and did an end-over-end roll while doing exactly that. I have spoken to the crew that ran the boat and they tell me that the waves were running about 10 - 12 feet and the tubes were under-inflated and that was all it took.
So should we adjust the inflation depending on prevailing sea state?

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It's getting complicated.

Sounds like we should all buy sailboats, but then, there is always the risk of the having the keel fall off - then you are swimming in it....
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So should we adjust the inflation depending on prevailing sea state?

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Should be pumped up regardless of the sea state, another case of the Police been eejitts.
The give away was in the name Rigid INFLATABLE boat, not Rigid flat boat.
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it wont sink ribs are fine but full of water and the stability is greatly reduced .
That is quite a controversial statement.

Alan Priddy swears a RIB full of water is far more stable. My boat is far better when it has 500L of fuel on board. And a bloke I know was an RNLI helm for many years. He said the roughest conditions he was ever in was when they had to transfer the crew of a lifeboat back to land using a D class - he said is was perfectly stable as there were so many people on board and it was full of water.
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would seem to prove that the heavy the rib, the better.
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As I said before, I was more comfortable staying at displacement speeds. I think the ride was made better by having the flooding hull open on my searider. Just wish I could bloke and unblock it on the move.
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Have a read through this:

http://www.docksidereports.com/rough...amanship_1.htm

Parts 1, 2, and 3.

Cheers,

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Good reading!!!
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