Originally Posted by davidmanning
Are you disagreeing with my statement that a rib is more stable when it's full of water, then
far from it, they are very stable, both ways up, sail boats are also very stable to, they can heel to angles far beyond my autoglym special (great polish by the way
) and probably most ribs due to the keel and low down ballast of course...
Richard i believe imho that the yacht or any boat for that matter would be forced in to a stuff type situation which may lead to broaching as the front is stationary and the back is doin 30mph... look at the angle before the wave breaks, all potential energy is directing the boat downwards underwater not due to excess speed but due to the sea saw effect of the arse end being lifted up by the humongous power from behind, a rib would behave no different... unless it was a submarine maybe
... the energy pushing the back of the boat has got to go somewhere!! down or sideways, more bouyancy would probably result in the latter...
I have been caught out (due to my own stupidity) in surf far less extreme than this poor f***er but it still towered over my boat, and i agree with matt maybe head on you stand a chance, but from behind!!!... oooo no sailor
not for me!!
Anyone that underestimates the power of waves and fancies ago in their pride and joy has got to be barkin in my mind, try dangling ur hand in just the spray off your wake at 40mph, its phenominal and hurts!!
Remember if you decide to carry out the so called rib stabilty test mentioned above and ram her in reverse ive heard of several engine manufacturers declining warrantys on engines that have had water up em from sudden stops even just kill cords knocked out...
give ot ago though might be fun