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Old 22 January 2013, 14:33   #1
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What size RIB will go through my gate?

Hi all,

I'm looking to buy a RIB but I'm unsure what is the maximum I will be able to get through my gate. I have a 3m wide gate which is square on to a 4.8m wide road plus a 1m wide pavement.

I was hoping of buying something about 5.6 to 6m in length but obviously don't want to buy it and then find I can't get through the gate!

All advice gratefully received!

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Old 22 January 2013, 14:43   #2
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Old 22 January 2013, 14:56   #3
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Draw a scale diagram of the road, path, opening and area inside gate. Make a cardboard cutout of various boat lengths and widths.

Then see which cutouts will go through the gate.

It might be worth having raised bits for any parts that the trailer cannot go through.
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just knock house down,
carvans are cheap and less concill tax
or deflate tubes
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Best to reverse it in or if necessary unhitch and push it in (be aware of hills and gravel though). Single axel would be a bit easier too..
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Whisper & EnglishLes,

Many thanks for your helpful suggestions and the prompt replies! I'm sure guys with more experience could just look and say what would fit but there's the prob for the newbie!
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You really need the length of the boat when it's on the trailer...
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Whispers point re hills and gravel (add kerbs) is a good one. It's surprising hiw small a hill, hole, kerb or soft patch can make a rib really hard to push and need a good runup (assuming with a tight space you will be manhandling it rather than heroically reversing the car and trailer with absolute precision). We have a Tornado 5.8 and a driveway with the slightest of slopes, light gravel and a 10cm ramp into the garage, it takes the family of 4 to get the rib in/out and to build up the momentum. Couldn't steer round a 90 degree bend at the same time. So what the access is like in that way will matter also

Sorry, none of us have answered the real question, have we - how big can it be?!

Late thought - the dimensions you describe can't be that far off those of the space in a caravan park we keep the boat in most of the time - should be there this weekend, will measure up
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I can get a 2.2m wide Ribcraft 5.3 through our 2.25m garage door although I do have a straight run at it. As the drive slopes up to the garage, and as it's all but impossible to reverse a trailer with the sort of accuracy I need, and it's certainly impossible to push it up the slope, I use a 4x4 electric winch bolted at the back end of the garage floor and winch the (single axle) trailer in back end first. Steering is via the jockey wheel and the whole lot can be manoeuvred to the mm.

With the winch I don't actually need to have a straight run at the garage. As long as the winch rope doesn't snag on the garage door the trailer can approach the garage at any angle. I just get the transom vaguely lined up with the door opening and then straighten up with the jockey wheel at the last minute.
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Many thanks for all your responses. Trying EnglishLes's suggestion it looks like a rib of 5.5m length may be a safer bet but I am interested to hear about your caravan park space Smthyyy.

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