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Old 05 September 2008, 18:42   #51
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... i have seen and repaired a lot of ribs .....On removing a tube for retubing ......
How much would it cost to re-toob this boat in Blue Hypalon?
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Old 05 September 2008, 18:59   #52
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How much would it cost to re-toob this boat in Blue Hypalon?
It depends if he cuts his nose off to spite his face while making the pattern...
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Old 07 September 2008, 11:18   #53
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Given the number of humbers knocking about around the world, and the age of a lot of them, used and abused by various dive clubs and commercial operators, they do not seem to figure in the "tube ripping off from the bow due to stuffing into a wave" scenarios, or indeed any detubing situations. I've used them of all ages and all sizes, all over the world, including the Falklands and I have never had a prob with tubes coming unstuck from the front, back or indeed the middle .
Mine came unstuck from the inside, so none of the above


Nice to see Ribcraft responding on this thread, good on them also good to see their response to the boat owner's problem which is very positive.
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Nice to see Jase posting what Ribcraft have to say.

It looks as though the max hp is 225hp for that boat.

I've been on Atlantic 21's and 75's when the bow has stuffed and the tube just folds back in and the boat stops pretty quickly. Still no damage though although our boats go away for refits evry few years.

Was on a Humber 5m Assault and that stuffed but all that happened was the bow went right under and filled the boat with water, no damage to the tubes.

It doesn't look as though the boat has hit an object as they is no damage to the hull.
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Old 25 September 2008, 03:53   #55
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also good to see their response to the boat owner's problem which is very positive.
I wonder how responsive they would have been were it a private boat and not a highly publicised life boat
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Old 25 September 2008, 04:59   #56
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Cheers Chris, very negative of you! We get extremely few issues versus the number of boats we build. If you check back through my previous posts, I think your find we're pretty responsive.

In the past we have gone way beyond the warranty requirements to satisfy customers. As ever if anyone has any direct questions, e-mail me at jason@ribcraft.co.uk
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Old 25 September 2008, 08:17   #57
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Cheers Chris, very negative of you! ..
I don't see Chris's curiosity as 'very negative'
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Chris comment does ( I feel) carry a degree of cynicism, that to be fair I dont think its 100% warranted . RIBs do fail & break, but this case has had a lot of unfair / one sided press coverage. For any manufacturer to be named on national news & not be given a chance to respond is not fair . At least on here Ribcraft have come forward & while it is easy to put things down to poor manufacture design etc I would hope we would all accept ( and have experianced ) that things do just fail sometimes with no-one at fault.

My own feeling is that ( as had been said RIBCRAFT do appear to go a long way beyond their reasonable obligations)
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[QUOTE=chewy;264741] Nice to see Jase posting what Ribcraft have to say.

It looks as though the max hp is 225hp for that boat.

I've been on Atlantic 21's and 75's when the bow has stuffed and the tube just folds back in and the boat stops pretty quickly. Still no damage though although our boats go away for refits evry few years.


is it possible that the boat is over powered ? if you go hard in to a back of a wave and keep the power on on an atlantic the engines are not powerful enough to do any serious damage twin 115 optis have got alot of torque and power in them. Could it be Helmsman error ?

Secoundly if the boat is keep in a shed damage should of appeared prior to the incident or maybe wearing ? persumibly the boat is cheaked after every use.

Is the MAIB investgating this if not should they be ?
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Fair do's to Jace- there are folk on here who moan that Hugo from Rib Int never replies to criticisms or recognises the forum but Jason has replied to the comments made on here. Very measured and professional response to critcisms on an open forum where not everyone is so open about who they actually are. Tubes shouldn't come off in normal use and if I had a leisure boat of any make and it detoobed from the bow, as some say has happened to them, esp if I had only had it a few years I would be well hacked off. But my experience of Ribcraft has been limited to a few clients with new boats that have been fine - and our local coastguard gp boat. Keeping in mind that it is a only a gp boat and not a rescue craft, it is now 13 years old, on its original tubes, been driven very hard in all sorts of conditions, driven by all and sundry, clouted into the jetty a couple of times that I have seen, and it is still going strong. Not my favourite boat but I doubt many would stand up to this treatment for so long.
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