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Old 30 January 2011, 10:41   #1
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Turning a hard boat into a rib?

I just wanted to know if it could be done and if so what would be involved? I got as far as removing the top deck, but wanted to know if a new transom would have to be built to except the tubes an also how much, roughly tubes are, I'm sure they vary but just wanted to see again if this could be a viable option
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It can be done and for cost of tubes it depends on the length of your boat and what you want fitting?
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I just wanted to know if it could be done and if so what would be involved? I got as far as removing the top deck, but wanted to know if a new transom would have to be built to except the tubes an also how much, roughly tubes are, I'm sure they vary but just wanted to see again if this could be a viable option
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Don't bother. we did once and the result was just waste of time. It is mainly because the rib does have a V shape hull as it will be supported by air chambers. But the normal boat can't have as it won't float then!

We converted an aluminium boat and had a 2nd hand old inflatable and thought we can use the air tubes....
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Don't bother. we did once and the result was just waste of time. It is mainly because the rib does have a V shape hull as it will be supported by air chambers. But the normal boat can't have as it won't float then!
Explain the above?

Alot of RIBs are based on speed boat hulls.
If you choose the right hull and do the job correctly it won't be a waste of time.
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Explain the above?

A lot of RIBs are based on speed boat hulls.
If you choose the right hull and do the job correctly it won't be a waste of time.
Rib hulls are steep and narrow... my 24 footer's grp beam is just over 5 feet, keeping the overall beam to 9 feet with the tubes. Do you now of any 24 foot long 5 foot beam hard boats? Didn't think so, they don't exist... even if you cut the hard boat down to the waterline, it's still too beamy (the rigid part) and will not perform like a rib.
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Rib hulls are steep and narrow... my 24 footer's grp beam is just over 5 feet, keeping the overall beam to 9 feet with the tubes. Do you now of any 24 foot long 5 foot beam hard boats? Didn't think so, they don't exist... even if you cut the hard boat down to the waterline, it's still too beamy (the rigid part) and will not perform like a rib.
So no speed boat hulls have ever been converted to RIB's then?
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So no speed boat hulls have ever been converted to RIB's then?
Perhaps they have, but not by simply hacking up an old speed boat hull. They may use the v hull form of a speed boat hull but modify the mould to a narrow beam.
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Perhaps they have, but not by simply hacking up an old speed boat hull. They may use the v hull form of a speed boat hull but modify the mould to a narrow beam.
Sonar on here used a Fletcher GTO although never got it finished the proportions looked ok.
Odds are he won't do it as he's still at school anyway!
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Rib hulls are steep and narrow... my 24 footer's grp beam is just over 5 feet, keeping the overall beam to 9 feet with the tubes. Do you now of any 24 foot long 5 foot beam hard boats? Didn't think so, they don't exist... even if you cut the hard boat down to the waterline, it's still too beamy (the rigid part) and will not perform like a rib.

I certainly know of several that would fit the bill, over here in the UK, a 5ft CHINE beam is pretty common for a 24ft boat, you seem to forget that topsides tend to flare out, and so a 5' chine becomes 6 plus feet at the rubrail.
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I certainly know of several that would fit the bill, over here in the UK, a 5ft CHINE beam is pretty common for a 24ft boat, you seem to forget that topsides tend to flare out, and so a 5' chine becomes 6 plus feet at the rubrail.
I'm aware of the flare but again 24 foot length and 6 foot beam?! You must have some weird tippy boats over there! Standard beam on a hard 24 footer would be 8-9 feet. 18 footers are 7'6". Hard boats, even with a decent deadrise have fairly wide flat sections (or reverse chines) outside of the V for stability...they are not seen on RIB except perhaps in a "med style" hull... which we all agree on this site, is not what most of us like in a rib design.

Show me a pic of a hard boat that has successfully been modified with toobs attached and make me a believer. Otherwise I stand by Vandad's experience and my opinion that it would be a huge waste of time/money/effort to attempt a conversion.
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