Originally Posted by Polwart
mmm... not what I remember taking away from SL's numerous posts on his tubes. I am sure in his opinion it was poor design/construction of the tubes (and an unreinforced joint in a high wear/fatigue position) rather than the material itself. Or at least that was the message I got.
But if all French material is crap, then so in effect are virtually all ribs.
I can't remember ever letting the facts get in the way of a good story.
I still think that something unusual happened to Stephen's tubes in a life before he owned his boat. There are loads of RIBnetters with Humbers. AFAIK, no one else has had similar problems. I'm not convinced it's a design fault. Certainly there's no indication of failure on mine, and it's almost the same age as Stephen's.
Of course, if there was a problem during manufacture of the material, do you really think the French would throw the batch away when there was an Englishman to flog it to?
Remember the stuff they used to sell us and call wine? Wasn't until the Chileans reminded us what real Cabernet Sauvignon should taste like that they sent us some half decent stuff.
Bruce is right about the Auld Enemy. That's why there are so many Yorkshire people here on the west coast, we empathise. The French never forget their Old Enemy either.
Mind you, there's a good few Mam'selles I could ravish - or perhaps just dream about ravishing these days. See, I'm not completely anti French.
Are XS RIB's made in France?