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Old 30 April 2003, 04:32   #1
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what do you dislike about current RIB.

Get your thinking hats on, for the sake of disscusion. What features would you like to see on your new rib, and what in your view constitutes a GOOD RIB?
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Old 30 April 2003, 04:42   #2
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New Ribs

Having just bought my first rib and i suppose this doesn't count really as the rib is second hand but i'd just like to say i've spent a lot of money already on bits that really should have been supplied with the boat and trailer and at the moment more specifically the trailer.

So far i've had to buy tie down straps (just to get it home) a spare wheel, Wheel jack and brace, trailer lock and light board and finally a prop cover.
Now in the grand scheme of things these bits constitue a vey small amount of the final fitting out budget but if you add them all together comes to the same amount as a brand new Garmin 126 GPS, so with this in mind i know what i'd rather have spent the money on but the bits for the trailer are a must.

Must also point out that i did knock the previous owner down quite a bit too, but i'd have rather in hind sight paid 100 or so more to have got all the bits and pieces listed.

Suspect though if one buys new all these bits would be included in the new boat and trailer price unless the boat and trailer are bought seperately.

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Old 30 April 2003, 04:52   #3
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Fuel filler - do not under estimate importance of a well-thought out one.

Mine was under seat - stupid place - spilt fuel straight into bilge!

I've moved it to front of consul but now it takes ages to fill the damn tank, pump safety jobbies cut out all the time....

Tornado, however, (and others i'm sure) have an angled filler with a straight path into the tank - much better idea!
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Old 30 April 2003, 07:38   #4
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filler pipe

Have to agree with Daniel about the filler location, my searider has an inbuilt stainless steel tank under the seat, the filler pipe has conveniently located at the back of the seat and rises up from the top of the seat, when i first saw it i thought it was somewhere to locate an arial mast or something but its the pipe to fill the tank, anyway makes it very easy to fill up the tank without spilling petrol all over the boat and as the petrol pump handle is the correct angle does not keep shutting off the kill switch.

Being my first boat i'm unsure if this is a good thing or not but i've been told by others who know its a really good idea, downside of course is i've no under seat storage area at all and everything either has to go in the front consul or on the deck.

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Old 30 April 2003, 08:09   #5
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> what do you dislike about current RIB.

Length, 2 or 3 more meters would be a nice feature.
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Old 30 April 2003, 08:31   #6
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white deck. Nightmair to keep clean. I want a steel floor I can egnore.
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Old 30 April 2003, 14:53   #7
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"A" frame that does not break.
Bilge pumps that last more than 1 year.
Water proof hatches that are waterproof.
Water proof electrical system even if it costs a bit more in the first place.
A trailer that does not need maintenance after almost every dunking.
Fit for the purpose comes to mind!
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Old 01 May 2003, 03:31   #8
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Re: what do you dislike about current RIB.

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What features would you like to see on your new rib, and what in your view constitutes a GOOD RIB?
Wide, clear through-bulkhead ducting giving plenty of space for alterations and additions to the initial electrical plan.

Very few boats I have ever come across are designed with alterations in mind.

When designing a GOOD RIB (or any other boat come to that) I would start from the inside and work outwards.
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Old 01 May 2003, 04:20   #9
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Ihear yeh used to work for a company who glassed the wiring to the underside of the deck, then glued in a moulded headliner, short sighted or what?

Keep the ideas coming, you must all have been out on the water and thought I wish this boat had a? then probably fitted it, took it off, or reshaped it,what was it?
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Old 01 May 2003, 06:06   #10
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Trailer extended

i've oftern watched and thought how good it would be to have a trailer with a section that extends out from the back with two small jockey wheels to take the weight of the boat on a shallow slip way or for beach launching thus saving the wheel bearings, this could easilly be a small frame with a set of rollers at boat height that will sit on a ledge under the boat in transit and once onto the slipway can be slid out and attached to the very end of the trailer with small wheels supporting the extensions weight at the bottom end, this will add about three foot or so to the end of the trailer and once the whole assembly is reversed into deep enough water to float the boat the wheels should still be high and dry on the slip way saving the bearings.

Ok so may just be easier to make up a rope and attach to tow bar and trailer hitch then just slowly lower the trailer back into the water but still means getting the wheels wet, imagine never having to worry about wheel bearings again.

on a lighter side it might be nice to have a small micro wave built into the front consoul, i've oftern though a backon buttie would be a nice thing to offer your soaked crew after a soaking.


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