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Old 07-07-2014, 14:24   #16
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although a locker and double floor might be nice, it makes a RIB pretty heavy..
My 10'06" AB Lite with double floor weighs 129 pounds.
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My 10'06" AB Lite with double floor weighs 129 pounds.
Yeah, I think my standard AB 10 footer weighed about 135 if I remember right. that's heavy to me....
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Old 07-07-2014, 14:43   #18
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Re: Designing the perfect rib tender?

Personally, I would not raise the transom. It just makes it harder to see over when it's lashed down on deck. [We would not keep it in davits for traveling.] Incidentally, if you remember to slow down, you don't get pooped.

Our rib has 3 lift points, two astern, one at the bow. It has no anchor locker, and that would be useful. In our usage, maybe a quarter of the time, we want to use a stern anchor as well as the long painter (have two on, one long, one average). I love the double floor. Dry stuff is good.

Big tubes. Don't know what size tubes the OP inherited, but we like at least 18".

Depending on local dinghy laws, you may be required to carry, in addition to life jackets, tools, flares and a V-sheet, and anchoring gear. I built a bag for that, that attaches to the underside of the seat, and is off the sole by about 2". Unfortunately the zip and seams leak, so it is only spray protection, not waterproof, like the camp cooler.

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Old 07-07-2014, 15:59   #19
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The single floor is 95lbs. Lammina 10 UL
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The single floor is 95lbs. Lammina 10 UL
Yeah, it's a big penalty.
The other problem is water between the floors. Never did figure out where that came from. Took about a month or so and when I realized the 15HP wouldn't make the jump to plane immediately... I knew I had a bunch of weight /water in there! I knew others with the issue also... I wrote it off to the sun on top floor making "condensate water" between them....
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Price is the other penalty. AB is made in Columbia, and should cost much less than $4k.
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Price is the other penalty. AB is made in Columbia, and should cost much less than $4k.
have you priced AB's lately?

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$4,700? WTF!? I think I might be in the wrong business.
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Over looked feature is the distanced from transom and the rear end of tubes. This gives a lot more rear buoyancy that makes getting on plane easy. No long handle, no moving forward. This also has eliminated pitching.
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A few quick ideas.Inflatable valves accessable from the outside so you can keep it topped up when its upside down on deck. Emergency locker accessible when inverted (on deck or if capsized. Removable upper transom and tubes so it can stow flat and low on deck. Recessed outboard well so raised OB doesnt extend past stern. The recess will also mean it can fit around mast when OB is removed.
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Re: Designing the perfect rib tender?

Weight!
My 2.9m Aquapro RIB is single floor and 75lbs (34kg). Has fuel tank platform fwd and 3 lift points. With the 15hp and NO fuel it's still 150lbs (68 KG), which is heavy for 2 of us. Not impossible, just heavy if you have to carry it far.
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A hardened glass and lexan laminate window in the bottom to see the reefs.
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Re: Designing the perfect rib tender?

Tubes that extend further aft to account for the greater weight of most 4-stroke outboards.
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Mine is an all alloy RIB with a level self draining floor, seat with storage, plenty of tie points for goods, anchor Locker, fuel under seat,handrails to my spec, transom for up to 30 hp and no hyplon or pvc to cut tear,puncture etc

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