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Old 25 September 2012, 11:44   #1
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Gibraltar Police RIBs

I saw these whilst in Gibraltar last week. The police there have some serious RIBs! Presumably for catching drug runners? The cabin one has 4x250hp on the back, the open grey one 4x350hp!!! (Verados) They were doing joy rides for a group of school kids from the marina that we were in. Must have cost a fortune in fuel!!
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Old 25 September 2012, 12:23   #2
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I met one of those guys in the UK.He said the boats are captured drug runners!!! What a job!!!He said they can use 1500l of fuel in a day!!
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I think I remember reading an article on these boats in a magazine, at least one of them was seized from a drug runner or smuggler and put into police use. And they have some law that states if your rib is over a certain horsepower they can seize it.
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I think I remember reading an article on these boats in a magazine, at least one of them was seized from a drug runner or smuggler and put into police use. And they have some law that states if your rib is over a certain horsepower they can seize it.
200hp or over 6m they will impound if found within the 3 mile limit!!! Classed as an illegal import.
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Old 25 September 2012, 14:35   #5
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I have spent some time with the Gib Marine Police. Essentially the dodgy traffic from Africa to Spain keeps them busy.
It's mostly contraband fags not drugs, although the percentages paint the wrong picture about this.
What I mean is that there is so much tobacco smuggling that the odd tonne of coke pales into insignificance weight wise.
The smugglers wait for dusk and then use the same routes over and over. The Gib cops simply sit on a GPS setting along a path that the smugglers use and nab them.
The smuggling is very far from sophisticated. The police intercept swimmers making a "run" for it across the Med.
Their RIB's are very much for purpose and are used in all conditions without "what appears to be" very much fear. They simply go and get them, armed and ready.
The most recent "trip" was at 55 knots for about 20 minutes, throttle-man, helm and, shall we say "gun-man".
They've got heli support and Navy to call upon and once the forces are mobilised it does make for a formidable scene.
The reason the "cigarette" boats are so called is because that is what they smuggled (cigs) in the Carribean using souped up vessels that were faster than any cop boat. Very much the same as liquor runners during the "prohibition" souped up their cars in a standard body so as not to draw attention. That then gave rise to "red-neck" county line runners which then morphed into NASCAR.
Still a very challenging sport but the history is rich.
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Gib has got to be the sadest place in the world for a Sib or Rib enthusiast. My brother lives out there and his apartment over looks the police compound, its always full of ribs and sibs of all sizes and shapes simply slashed and left to rot. It seems that visiting boats can have there tenders confiscated for simply having them in the water

You can also see the engines off the boats, some are simply chain sawed off the transom, everything from 15hp 2 strokes to 250hp off shore monsters.
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Yep,heard that of the place,one hell of a waste.Seen a photo once of a Flatbed truck leaving there loaded up with slashed "Black" RIB's
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It seems that visiting boats can have there tenders confiscated for simply having them in the water
There may be some "poetic license" involved there. Bear in mind that the Straights are only 8 miles wide in parts, so the crossing is possible in very small boats that can carry quite a lot of weight and still slip "under the radar"...
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Gib has got to be the sadest place in the world for a Sib or Rib enthusiast. My brother lives out there and his apartment over looks the police compound, its always full of ribs and sibs of all sizes and shapes simply slashed and left to rot. It seems that visiting boats can have there tenders confiscated for simply having them in the water

You can also see the engines off the boats, some are simply chain sawed off the transom, everything from 15hp 2 strokes to 250hp off shore monsters.
Don't agree, the cops are actually very friendly to genuine "people".
The seized stuff has to be destroyed.
The Gib police do provide a secure crossing.......it's really not a good place to be at night. Let's say that you and / or your crew are worth a few ounces of lead. And it really is that simple. Life has a different meaning for African smugglers. Waving a Brit passport doesn't work.
Actually it happens all over the Med..
Windermere here I come!!!
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So actually, I do agree, but only a bit.
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