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Old 31 March 2008, 08:45   #21
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Thanks for the replies. Some damage was present before but only a small amount, nothing to indicate such a failure would occur.
I suppose this experience will concentrate the mind when inspecting this particular area of any RIBs I may have or use in the future.
Tube pressure was hard.
I have emailed a tube repairer to see what type of wait/ cost a repair will incur.
Understand what advantages a hard nose has now, hmm Osprey....?
(p.s hope the johnny ard crew have not read this thread)
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Cut the T piece down to size and glue on to the flange above and below, i have just held this up to the flange on this rib to show what i mean, once you've done this you can replace the strips over the top, it's best to oversize them if ycan and use a heavier grade of fabric.
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By the way... this is a fairly famous Ribnet boat which is in for a bit of a restoration project... i will post pic's up as the work continues.
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i did not realize damage like that could occur to a rib due to waves!? i was under the distinct impression that ribs were tough as nails and wave jumping and rough seas were manageable for them, apparently not so, perhaps ribs arent that tough? puts a whole new spin on things.
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Depends on the RIB - how it's driven and how rough you want to go - look at these!!!

http://www.boomeranger.fi/images/ind...conditions.mpg







http://www.zodiaccz7.com/images1/video/cz7medium.wmv
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And lets not forget what happened to Spirit when She tried to cross the Atlantic.
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And lets not forget what happened to Spirit when She tried to cross the Atlantic.
For those new to the scene. What happened?
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It sank.

However to be fair she had gone around the world first, and a few shorter trips around Europe. The end came when she dropped into a huge hole and destroyed the bow.

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those videos are amazing, but i wonder how long they will last if used in that manner? i am still very surprised that a bow can tear off, ribs are so versatile, but perhaps not that tough (for standard models available to the public)? though a mate did just but an 5m ex-navy duck which he claims is bullet proof...
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those videos are amazing, but i wonder how long they will last if used in that manner? i am still very surprised that a bow can tear off, ribs are so versatile, but perhaps not that tough (for standard models available to the public)? though a mate did just but an 5m ex-navy duck which he claims is bullet proof...

If you went out in a hardboat and did what tore the bow tube,you'd be calling for the lifeboat and your boat would be sunk.
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