Originally Posted by Scary Des
Ahhh fine designers
often use them myself
One of the most annoying things with ribs is that you will damage the tubes if you run a working rope over them
the front Ďdí ring is generally OK but any fixing at the back can cause problems and touch the tubes if you are using a mooring line at right angles to the centre line of the boat.
I canít explain this well but here's a JW inspired pic.
I havenít shown the springs which are another issue all of their own
Mine has a stainless ring on the inside and outside on the bow, at the moment I am using the inside one but I hear what you say about tube damage... so next time I will use the outside one as at the moment the bow line is just out over the tube.
There are rubber (or something like that) ones glued to the tubes fore and aft on each side but it is these ones I am worried about coming off - so I think a good eye bolt on the outside of the transom each side of the motor would be the answer. Not sure how I am going to fit this in with the aux engine when I get it but as I don't have either an engine or the eye bolts yet I have some thinking time available
I suppose the best compromise might be to use the ones on the tubes but have a second line back to a more substantial stainless loop on the transom, just in case the main one broke free. That way there would be nothing under load rubbing on the tubes, just the backup line, and it would only come in to play if the worst happened. It does get pretty lumpy here even at sheltered moorings, as wavelength will testify it is a fairly windy part of the world!