A different world:Rigid Inflatable Boats

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by sele, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. sele
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    sele High School Student

    I wonder which Rib brands are popular.Write your favourite Rigid inflatable boats!
     
  2. CaptBill
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    I really liked my 10' Caribe. Only one I have any experience with though. A must have is a prop-fin for any short boat,I can tell you that. I had the Davis Dol-fin on mine. Was a great little boat.
     
  3. sele
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    I think Bat boats and Naumatec are one of the best brands for Rigid Inflatable Boats: their design is amazing.
     
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  5. sele
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    Thanks for the site,I just became a member of that rib forum!
     
  6. Submarine Tom

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    The aluminum hull with biggest, counter-rotating props (and therefore highest HP) on it.

    Zodiac from France makes some nice ones.

    -Tom

    P.S. Why do you ask?
     
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  8. Willallison
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    Over the years we've had many - Calligari, Beaufort, Zodiac, Avon - some hard bottom, some soft. All have been at the shorter end of the length spectrum - used as tender - and most, but not all with tiller steering.
    By far the best is one of our current ones - an Aquapro with aluminium bottom and hypalon tubes. Unlike many others it gives a dry, soft ride.
    We also have a zodiac yachtline that came as part of a package. It's comfortable and dry too. Great for touring area's where the mothership can't go. But utterly useless if you want to go ashore or go diving.
     
  9. sele
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    I'm interested in RIBs and I want to know about the other brands.
     
  10. sele
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  11. jimmy62alan
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    Rib sizes

    has anyone any ideas of what is the largest Rib boat made to date, weather it be for speed or for rescue purposes??
    ALAN
     
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    Typical movie work boat, but less power than most, only 200 hp. Many had twin 150 hp engines. We pushed floating sets around with these and had to make rope mats for the bows to keep from wearing through the tubes.
    Second photo is film crew water taxi.
     

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    Never caught the name, but I see some very nice ribs in the Adriatic.... low powered, deep ,sharp forefoot, narrow beam and tubes up high to reduce slamming. very seamanlike
     

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  15. jimmy62alan
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    bigribs

    Thanks for that Bataan, they look realy good. I've had this plan to make a Large Rib for quite some years now and I'm waiting for some quotes for tubes big enough for my project. My plan is to go to the 100ft + size and to have about 6/7 berths on board or more if possible. I want the boat to travel a far bit so it will need some good planning to handle long distance trips, but I will get a few more parties involved in the power source. I'm going for the diesel powered, well I should say recycled fuel powered lol.
    cheers for your feedback
    ALAN
     
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