April 10, 2006
Tubes - Top Ten Things They Do
Everyone at some point early on in their introduction to RIBs has asked, and no doubt all of us have been asked no tons of times “What do the tubes do”? Perhaps the question should really be; what don’t they do. But for now, I thought I’d give you the “Top Ten” things tubes do for RIBs.
Comfort – The tubes offer a great place to sit with lots of handholds. Additionally, they provide a great cushion should you jump down into a boat from a high dock or accidentally fall.
Cushion – Also having to do with comfort, the tubes act as an oversized shock absorber at any speed and in any sea, providing a very smooth ride.
Dry - Not only do they provide a very smooth ride, but they also keep you nice and dry! The tube deflects spray from the hull down and away from those onboard. Additionally, with the added buoyancy, you’re less prone to swamping.
Easy Access – Divers have long loved the tubes for the ease of rolling off the tubes in full dive gear and then easily being able to pull themselves back in over the tubes by using the lifelines.
Fenders –The tubes provide great protection from damage when launching and retrieving the boat. Even more so, they provide an oversized fender to protect their boat as well as the boat they’re pulling along side.
Stability – A big favorite of rescue & safety professionals, the tubes provide great transverse stability. All on board can safely sit/ stand on one side of the boat and the RIB will never capsize in calm conditions – can’t do that with a hard sided boat.
Following Seas – The added buoyancy at the bow provides one of the most important performance factors, by preventing the boat from stuffing and swamping.
Buoyancy - No matter what you throw at them (or I should say, in them) – chances are the RIB can carry it. Incredibly forgiving, with the air filled tube a RIB is able to carry substantial weight. Not only can RIBs carry the weight, with the tube, they’re able to do so without sacrificing stability.
Speed – With the tubes, the overall weight of the boat is much less than a hard sided boat. This allows you to go with a smaller horsepower engine without sacrificing speed. In some cases, you can go with a smaller horsepower and get a greater speed.
Safety - God forbid you ever capsize a RIB in large extreme seas, the tubes keep the overturn boat afloat and high in the water which not only keeps victims out of the water, but makes it very easy to see. Additionally, if you’re trapped underneath, you have a large guaranteed air supply.
Posted by ribcraftusa at April 10, 2006 01:57 PMBack To Index