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Old 24 August 2007, 11:49   #1
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Wooden Hull RIB

We have just finished putting tubes on a wooden hull RIB. The builder of the hull has produced a real masterpiece and it is made with Cedar Strip and Carbon/Kevlar and a finish of Brazilian Mahogany with a clear Awlgrip finish on the hull. Burma Teak decks. He claims that the hull is four times stronger than GRP from tests carried out by Southampton Uni.
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Old 24 August 2007, 12:20   #2
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I have a good hunch on who built that hull. They are old friends of mine.
Care to tell us who? Outstanding job.
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Wooden RIB!!!

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Not a word anybody on the eastern side of the Atlantic Ocean should normally use but that hull is awesome. Reminds me of the beautiful lightweight racing sailing dinghies that were lovingly made in the seventies, God am I getting old!!! It would be great if we get to see the completed boat.
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Very smart

That third photo is really odd, when you first look at it, it looks like the boat is about 100 metres long...
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Very good. I do like that. I had plans to do a similar job a few years ago; it's nice to see it has been done and I'll be interested to hear about it's performance on the water.
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I have a good hunch on who built that hull. They are old friends of mine.
Care to tell us who? Outstanding job.
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Not certain that the builder would want me to publish his name, but will check with him. However, will send you a PM
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Nothing wrong with wood - still used on F1 powerboats. Absorbs vibration and shock better than anything!!!
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That looks amazing, but I bet it weighs a fair bit. Also I'd be interested to see how the transom is joined with the deck/hull without glass for support
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It shouldn't. Correctly used wood is incredibly strong for it's weight - it's a natural unidirectional composite.

Here you go.
3 tonnes half laden - on a par with a glass boat. http://www.vandamwoodcraft.com/frames/alphaz.html
http://www.vandamwoodcraft.com/frames/zgallery1.html

And here: http://www.glen-l.com/designs/inboard/bandido.html
Wooden weight within the GRP range. Don't kid yerself that a typical glass boat falls within the lightest possible range - unless it's exotic materials & vacuum bagged it won't be.

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A 'Ribiera' - very nice!
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