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Old 10 November 2003, 15:16   #21
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It was a great ride when up, but did take a while to empty the hull of the water collected when stopped. With plugged holes it will sit higher in the water where ours sat with most of the tube at sea level which meant it was great to climb back into, and to pass kit up from the water to the boat.
If you are not using the rib for diving then it doesn't matter if the rib is a little unstable at rest. It will certainly use less fuel as you will be up on the plane much quicker.
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Old 10 November 2003, 15:19   #22
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I find it odd that a dive club have filled the flood holes in the SR hull. When we used Llynhome for diving, it was far more stable for entering the water and the climb back onboard once the hull was flooded.

Other than that, the SR hull is superb and will take a lot of hammer.
Our dive club Avon has had the holes blocked up, but I find no more or less pitch/role when entering or leaving the boat compared to our club Delta RIB.

The worst I went in was a Ribeye which would pitch and role at the slightest movement of anybody on baord.

I also agree the hull is excellent and a much better ride than the Delta.
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Old 10 November 2003, 15:23   #23
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It was a great ride when up, but did take a while to empty the hull of the water collected when stopped.

If you are not using the rib for diving then it doesn't matter if the rib is a little unstable at rest. It will certainly use less fuel as you will be up on the plane much quicker.
The holes in our Avon were blocked for that reason. Only with the weight of divers and kit the boat would take forever to get on the plane. With the holes blocked it is almost instantly on the plane with 6 divers and kit onboard.

Once again with the weight of divers and kit on the boat it is not unstable at rest or when kitting up or entering/exiting the water.
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Old 10 November 2003, 15:24   #24
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tue, why did your club block the hull?
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Because with the weight of the flooded bilge combined with the weight of the divers and kit it would take forever to get on the plane.
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The most we had at any one time was four divers and one helm so not so bad, but it did take a while to get up.
A transom ladder is an option which is what I am having on my next rib as it doesn't flood. Also easier to board from the back than the side.
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Have you seen the over tube ladder that was posted in the gallery? looks quite interestinghttp://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...hlight=ladders
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