September 21, 2006
Forward Thinking... RIBCRAFT's Console Placement
I’m often asked why the consoles on RIBCRAFT models appear to be placed further forward than many of our competitors. It’s a great question - and as you can imagine their placement isn’t done simply by happenstance or by some marketing guy who thought it was a great marketing gimmick.
One of the chronic problems with RIBs is that they tend to be extremely stern heavy and can struggle when it comes to getting the bow to come down while coming onto a plane. We’ve all seen RIBs with the bow shooting high into the air. This is extremely problematic – not only do you lose visibility, but it can be very unnerving. By placing our consoles forward, we improve the overall balance of the boat by offsetting the weight of the engine(s) with the weight of the operator. You will find that a RIBCRAFT RIB easily pops up on a plan and rides nice and flat. Though this is a function of the great hull design, it is also greatly assisted by console placement and improved weight balance.
Another reason for placing the consoles a little further forward is that they are located over the deepest and sharpest point of the V hull, delivering a very smooth entry into the water with virtually no pounding for the operator. Additionally, by being slightly further forward, it’s a much dryer ride for the operator by taking full advantage of the high bow sheer.
Not only is a dryer ride more comfortable – it’s also much safer as the operator doesn’t have to deal with wiping salt out of his or her eyes or seeing through a water soaked windshield. Additionally, by placing the console forward we improve the operator’s visibility by having them in the middle to front of the boat. Whether you’re using the boat for work or pleasure, it’s essential to have an unobstructed view of where you’re going. Too often the driver has to look over, through, or around their passengers to simply see where they’re going.
Lastly, but no less important, one of the trade offs we hear with a RIB is the decreased deck space. However, by placing the console forward we maximize useable deck space on the RIB. By having the console forward we leave the widest part of the deck open for gear and seating arrangements.
Posted by ribcraftusa at September 21, 2006 11:02 AMBack To Index