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New F-RIB 360 with pre-fitted keel guard!

New F-RIB 360 with pre-fitted keel guard!

Postby Phil » Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:11 pm

My new F-RIB 360 turned up yesterday. Managed to lump it off the pallet, through my garage and into to my back garden single-handedly for a trial inflate. See pics below, fitted with F-RIB wheels and my 15hp 2-stroke Johnson. Having not red my Bravo pump instruction manual, I've now realised that I was turning it off when it got to its 2nd stage of pumping, hence the boat looks a little underinflated.

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I was all ready to apply the 3 meters of orange keel guard I'd bought, until I noticed my F-RIB has come with a tough looking rubber strip along the keel already fitted! Would be interested to know if it's worth putting keel guard on any of the other fins that stick out from the boat's hull. If not, I'll see if I can get a refund from Reed Chillcheater's Amazon shop.

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Also, my boat doesn't seem to have the red high pressure release valve that I've seen on other people's F-RIBS, but I'm presuming this isn't something I need to worry about with the relatively mild temperatures we get here in the UK.

Just need to bolt my Scotty rod holders onto a strip of aluminium now a la Salrepair's rod rest design and head down to the south coast for my maiden voyage this weekend. Looks like the weather is going to be perfect :D.
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Re: New F-RIB 360 with pre-fitted keel guard!

Postby Paul B » Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:44 pm

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Re: New F-RIB 360 with pre-fitted keel guard!

Postby Martin » Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:02 pm

Great stuff Phil, many hours of happiness ahead :party

We'd heard the f-ribs were coming through with a keel guard fitted but we weren't sure when the new addition would arrive. Great to see it's happened and f-rib have listened to their customers feedback from this forum. :IANW

The over inflation was something missing g from mine when I bought it, tbh I wasn't that bothered either. My old Honwave didn't have them and I do t see it as an issue in the uk either.

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Re: New F-RIB 360 with pre-fitted keel guard!

Postby Phil » Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:08 am

Martin wrote:Great stuff Phil, many hours of happiness ahead :party

We'd heard the f-ribs were coming through with a keel guard fitted but we weren't sure when the new addition would arrive. Great to see it's happened and f-rib have listened to their customers feedback from this forum. :IANW

The over inflation was something missing g from mine when I bought it, tbh I wasn't that bothered either. My old Honwave didn't have them and I do t see it as an issue in the uk either.

Enjoy you're new purchase :drive


Thanks for letting me know Martin. Good to hear I don't need to worry about he over inflation valve + the Bravo pump will prevent me from putting too much psi in it when setting up.

Took the boat out today with the old man for a quick hour or so maiden voyage and had a great time wave hopping. Jumped in for a quick swim to cool off a mile or so out too.

I was paranoid about protecting the hull, but the fitted keel guard did a great job. Not a mark on the hull after lunching from a pebble beach and pushing it up and down on the wheels. The wheels weren't much good on the stones with the weight of the outboard fitted, though. Ended up taking the outboard off and fuel tank out and carrying them up the beach on the way back.

Planning on heading out again tomorrow and getting some fishing in .


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Re: New F-RIB 360 with pre-fitted keel guard!

Postby Martin » Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:50 am

Do be aware of expansion in the sun though, Paul has mentioned his valves opening ever so slightly on very very hot days.
Like everything, just keep an eye on them :thumbsup
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Re: New F-RIB 360 with pre-fitted keel guard!

Postby Paul » Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:11 pm

Martin wrote:Do be aware of expansion in the sun though, Paul has mentioned his valves opening ever so slightly on very very hot days.
Like everything, just keep an eye on them :thumbsup

Today was a good example as temperatures hit 29 degrees C --- 84 degrees F whilst boating out of Poole.
We beached at Swanage for lunch for an hour or so where the boat was left anchored baking in the sun.
The tubes were 'red hot' and too hot to touch but the PRV valves weren't letting any air out to compensate.
On all occasions throughout the year my boat is launched with the tubes set at the recommended 0.25 bar and NOT 'topped up' with air afterwards as I don't see the need to with the hull being of solid construction.
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Re: New F-RIB 360 with pre-fitted keel guard!

Postby Martin » Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:38 pm

I'm exactly the same Paul, I inflate once and leave it then... I don't feel a need to keep checking the pressure on the frib, other than making sure they haven't gone too hard :?
The hull has been proven to be capable even on it's own without tubes inflated so i reckon a little less air rather than too much is the safer option... Please note, that's my opinion only :whistle
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Re: New F-RIB 360 with pre-fitted keel guard!

Postby Phil » Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:10 am

Martin wrote:Do be aware of expansion in the sun though, Paul has mentioned his valves opening ever so slightly on very very hot days.
Like everything, just keep an eye on them :thumbsup


Hi Martin,

Do you have any advice on how to check if the pressure is getting too much on hot days and what to do if it is?

I was out on the boat both Saturday and Sunday in the scorching weather last weekend. The boat was on the water for all this time, though, and I didn't notice the tubes getting hot as Paul mentioned his do. I'm assuming it's a bad idea letting any air out of the valves whilst on the water as a lot of pressure comes out very quickly when I touch them :o!

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Re: New F-RIB 360 with pre-fitted keel guard!

Postby Paul » Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:08 pm

Phil
If you want to keep an accurate check on the tube pressures you'll need to get yourself a manometer like this http://pacermarine.co.uk/product/sevylo ... rettyPhoto
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Re: New F-RIB 360 with pre-fitted keel guard!

Postby Andy B » Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:31 pm

It's not so much of a problem while the boat is in the water.
The sea temps will keep the pressure under control.
The problem is at it's most dangerous while the boat is out of the water!
If you are going to relieve some pressure then be sure to do it evenly between all chambers and a little at a time or you may run the risk of tearing the baffles...
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