RIB Tube maker

Discussion in 'Fiberglass and Composite Boat Building' started by Jeff Therrell, Jul 18, 2005.

  1. Jeff Therrell
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    Jeff Therrell Junior Member

    We are looking for someone to build the tube for our 17' ridged inflatable boat .We are located in Hickory NC.We want the tube to be welded not glued.
    Thanks
    Jeff Therrell 828-313-0874
     
  2. wet-foot
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    wet-foot Senior Member

    tube for your 17 footer

    wing.com ........ they put out a really nice welded tube. Located in CA.
     
  3. Jeff Therrell
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    Jeff Therrell Junior Member

    Thanks,we're getting a quote from them now.
     
  4. wet-foot
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    wing tube set

    Good choice indeed!!!!!!! they started out as whitewater boat builders and now do strictly RIBS. Strong and well made, you won't be disapointed. Are you starting a boat company?
     
  5. brian eiland
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    brian eiland Senior Member

    Tube Choice?

    Who did you finally chose to build your RIB tube??
     
  6. Jeff Therrell
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    Jeff Therrell Junior Member

    We had a company from Houstin TX make the tube.The tube is made of urethane and has seperate removeable bladders inside.You can see the boat at www.hydroeye.com
    Thanks, Jeff Therrell
     
  7. wet-foot
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    Inflatable tri

    Neat boat, looks very beamy!!!
    So where do I go for a test run, do you offer a trailer package?
    I would probably look for a Yamaha but would consider the e-tec, if priced right.
    Very nice job!!!!!!!
     
  8. Wellydeckhand

    Wellydeckhand Previous Member

    The hull seem suitable for shallow river but would it withstand small storm or as a crew boat for offshore transport.................. this hydroeyes?
     
  9. Jeff Therrell
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    Wet-foot,The reason for the E-TEC was it was 74#'s lighter than the Yamaha.
    Come on down to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina anytime and we will ride.
    The boat was built for the ocean but we are demoing it to the NC swiftwater rescue team next week
    ThanksJeff Therrell
     
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    E-tec? nice to see such a large group praising these motors, perhaps I'll give them another go! Are the boats going as a package, have you established pricing?
     
  11. brian eiland
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    Are the bladders made of urethane, or the outer casing, or both? If the "tube" is urethane, then what are the bladders made of?

    You might check your private message box as well as I sent you a message there also.
     
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    Have you had it out in the ocean?
    Will your demo be in the ocean?
    What date for the demo?
    What max chop would you guess you've had it in?
    What max load aboard in that chop condition?
    Courious, as I have some backgrd in multihulls, Brian
     
  13. Jeff Therrell
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    Jeff Therrell Junior Member

    Brian,Jay tested it for 2 months in the ocean off Miami,he had it in 10'seas in the gulf stream.
    Jay said he e-mailed you today,he is the one that designed it and owns the company,he can explain every detail.If you didn't get his e-mail give him a call the number is on his website.I am the one that builds the boat for him,we both live in hickory and had to go all the way to Alabama to meet and I was building racing parts at the time he needed some help.To make a long story short I sold my business and went to work for him and it has made for a very good relationship.He is a very smart and good person.Give him a call you will enioy talking to him.
    Thanks Jeff Therrell
     
  14. wet-foot
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    What is the logic behind a bladder? Seems to make it a bit more complex and adds extra weight. I really like the wide beam even though it would take more air to self right, if so equipped! Nice looking craft, expect you will do very well with it.
     

  15. Jeff Therrell
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    Jeff Therrell Junior Member

    The reason for the bladders is that if you puncture one you could replace it while on the water in just a few minutes.There are 5 bladders in this boat the 4 side bladders are all the same and the front one is curved.
    Thanks for the complement.
    Thanks
    Jeff Therrell
     
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