Originally Posted by eupa
Stormy - sorry that there some frivorlous ansers from the some Brits. I suppose its living on an island that does it.
I would also like to know "why a rib flips" - because when you examine a rib
in detail - you will see that it must be the last thing that can happen. I can undrstand a flip happening by wave jumping- probably due to balance but a straight roll over is near impossible. I suppose there is a formula to use concerning boat lenghth/ wave height/frequency ect. I will be taking course in the UK shortly and will try and have some firm answers.
No sharks in your area??
We do get sharks sometimes but the waters are so cold they are very sluggish - nothing to worry about!!!
From what I have seen many RIBS will flip vertically - I think one reason could be that most of the weight is towards the back - I think because of the fear of stuffing the bow people are paranoid and go to the other extreme.
With correct weight distribution and trim it shouldn't happen.
Look at these videos and you will see what I mean.
Right at the start the RIB almost stands on it's tail - all the time the bow is high in the air - never a hint of it stuffing.
This time the conditions were really bad - again some extra weight at the bow may have helped.
It is interesting to see that many rescue craft have the console further forward than leisure ribs - except Humber who also seem to put the console nearer the bow.