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Old 04 November 2003, 18:13   #1
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sleeping onboard?

this perhaps should be in cruising? Not sure...

I am planning a few two/three day jaunts up the Hawkesbury river which will probably necessitate sleeping on the RIB for two nights for two people

Its not a big rib - 5.05m and the useable space is limited with a centre console but with a sleeping pad - ok for a night or two...

Has anyone here slept out on the deck of their rib before?

what prep did you do?
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Old 05 November 2003, 01:06   #2
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I had a cover made up for my boat that went from the nose and fixed to the console. There was just about enough space for a single inflatable mattress.

It works very well although the maid service was a little disappointing !

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Old 05 November 2003, 01:10   #3
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It works very well although the maid service was a little disappointing !
Huh! That's the last time I bring you early morning tea, Mark!
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Old 05 November 2003, 01:50   #4
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Cruised thousands of miles in "Still Never Enough" just using a carry mat and bivvy bag. It is amayzing how well you sleep after a night on the town!
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Old 05 November 2003, 05:50   #5
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Last year 2 of us slept on the Humber in Dover and one on the pontoon due to noroomat the inn;

Despite it's 8 metres there is nowhere comfortable.However a flask of brandy all weather kit on and an inflated life jacket as a pillow sufficed until the Hoverport opened for a coffee
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Old 05 November 2003, 06:40   #6
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Thinking of doing some of this next year, any pictures of covers, tents, cuddies, pre-fabs or similar would be interesting. I think a Rib Makes an ideal inland camping platform as most rivers you can anchor or tie up somewhere for the night without paying..
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Old 05 November 2003, 07:27   #7
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Slleping Arrangements

I spent nearly 2 weeks this year sleeping on the boat crusing along the south coast, i normally just sleep on the engine bay in a bivvi bag or on the poontoons etc. Again i sleep well after a night out. If it rains i just pull a seat cover over me and seem to stay dry.

Its what Ribing is all about.

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Old 05 November 2003, 07:50   #8
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Hiding place

My 7yr old daughter used to climb aboard whilst the cover was on and play with her dolls etc. Upon joining her one day I was surprised at how cosy it was. If I was ever going to sleep overnight I'd simply carry and fit the cover. As you can see, due to the high console, it creates ample "living accommodation"
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Old 05 November 2003, 09:00   #9
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Stole this...

...with permisson from Boatmad, go and have a look and ask some questions. Contrary to popular belief (mine included) they're an ok bunch(some of them).....
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Is that Manos?
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Old 05 November 2003, 10:53   #11
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Old 05 November 2003, 10:55   #12
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valiant make a brilliant spray cover for there patrol series boats but it looks to me liek it would make the perfect sleeping shelter.
Ill try and find a pictue of it.
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Old 05 November 2003, 12:26   #13
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Is that Manos?
Yep - our two Greek friends, The Bat (Batfalcon) and Manos
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no, i wont be posting a picture of the vailiant spray cover, bloody scanner is determined not to work........
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Old 05 November 2003, 15:04   #15
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This is the overall "camping" cover in my Ribcraft 4.8. (no, not the shed it's in ). Not a lot of room inside but, as they say, if you've had a few you can sleep anywhere
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Old 05 November 2003, 17:42   #16
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For what its worth here is the cabin(!!) erected(!!!) on my rib.

Just to confirm a common thread on the postings a good measure of the local beer always guarantees a good nights sleep.

Regards

Mark

P.S (Mike) You are correct your night-cap and morning brew are the best Iíve come across.
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Old 05 November 2003, 21:00   #17
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Excellent. I feel humbled for even worrying about it...

Bivvy on the boat it is then. I think i will use my old poncho and tarp as a raincover and i can just about get a foam sleeping pad down each side of the centre consol so all should be fine...

and of course, i'll take a crate of 'strong continental lager' (tha can't get good beer down 'ere tha' knows...) as a sleeping pill.

I thaangu
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Old 06 November 2003, 00:31   #18
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Hi Edward,
g'day, just noticed you've got the same boat as us (is it 5.5 or 5.05? cf your 1st post)...would be very very interested as to how you turn it into a sleeping area....please post photos. I'm afraid hubby and I are not exactly sylph-like and all I can envision is us jammed between console & nose somewhere....somehow not appealing. !!! All very well for you palatial lot. And another thing. Please bear in mind we ladies need toilet facilities (at last I know what you lot use an A frame for...)

Sincerely interested in your progress please!!!

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