Originally Posted by Daniel TD5
it seem unfair to have BOBIA that will only cater for the elite and the larger boats leaving us poor sods with nothing
Dan, I don't think that's a fair appraisal of the BIBOA philosophy. You really ought to join and experience the bonhomie and camaraderie before knocking it. I joined in July '02 before I had any RIB at all, and was given the opportunity to go across the channel and try three different RIBs between 6.5 and 9m. Not one single skipper asked me for any contribution towards costs, even when offered. I formed many lasting friendships and got completely plastered in great company. This year I haven't been on any BIBOA cruises, but through being a member I have saved more than the membership fee on assistance and professional help from BIBOA members.
Many BIBOA cruises have included RIBs from 4.5m upwards, although it is generally a club for long distance cruising and racing. However, the membership can easily change this by organising cruises suitable for smaller boats. It only happens if you make it happen.
Anything that encourages people to cruise safely in company, whether through an organisation like BIBOA or RIBnet has to be good - remember that not everyone is internet savvy.