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Old 08-18-2017, 09:06 PM   #1
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Mid Week Run Out

Sonas in is the yard for some maintenance and upgrades. So yesterday we took the RIB out for a spin. One of the big advantages of now being retired, we can do this mid-week when we practically have the place to ourselves!

Lovely few hours, pity we were chased back home by some afternoon thunder storms!
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Old 08-19-2017, 12:56 PM   #2
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Yes, retirement is nice. Every morning is like a Saturday morning.
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Yes, retirement is nice. Every morning is like a Saturday morning.


Without the crowds.
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Old 09-23-2017, 10:42 AM   #4
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Without the crowds.
Being free of weekend crowds is great. We spent the summer on Pickwick Lake and found that we usually stayed in the slip on weekends and went out during the week.
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Old 09-23-2017, 10:43 AM   #5
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Nice pix, BTW.
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Greetings,
Mr. m. WONDERFUL pictures. Thanks.
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Old 09-23-2017, 06:12 PM   #7
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Wifey B: We have so much fun in our RIB's, just exploring like you were doing.
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Old 10-08-2017, 06:16 PM   #8
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Sorry.
Newbie here.
What's RIB stand for?
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Old 10-08-2017, 06:19 PM   #9
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What's RIB stand for?
Rigid inflatable boat
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Sorry.
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What's RIB stand for?
Rigid Inflatable Boat.

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Old 10-08-2017, 06:38 PM   #11
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It is where you have a fiberglass "insert" (floor, seating, transom) with two air tubes made out of hypalon, neoprene, or PVC usually. These tubes, depending on size of RIB, can have 3, 4 or more chambers which are inflated using a pump.

The benefit is an extremely stable boat, which is also lighter that a full fiberglass boat, and which can move very fast with smaller HP outboards.

Hypalon, when well maintained, can last for decades. You will find small RIBS from one manufacturer for example, Avon, banging about that can be 20-30 years old!

Also, unless the tubes are compromised, the whole boat can fill with water and it will stay afloat.
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Wifey B: And put a big enough engine in them and they're fun fun fun. The one in the picture hubby posted runs 45 knots at WOT.
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Old 10-08-2017, 06:53 PM   #13
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Oh and, yes, they can also have "jet" engines, though that tends to raise both the purchase and maintenance prices!

My 15' AB Nautilus DLX RIB has a 60HP Yamaha four stroke, this maxes out at around 5600rpm, but I run it at 4300 and cruise along at 30mph.
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Rigid Inflatable Boat.

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I want one! But just a bit too heavy for my boat, so I'll suffer with a smaller one, but would sure would like a fast one.
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