Originally Posted by Bilge Rat
Have a question for the BIBOA advocates....... My boat will run unloaded at 30 knots and will cruise comfortably at 25......all i've seen from BIBOA is larger RIBs capable of cuiseing at 40+ knots. My question is, if i join and bring my boat along to a cruise will you all be happy to cruise along at 25 knots ?
Although lots of the bigger boats may be capable of cruising at 40 knots in good conditions, not many people are going to want to keep that sort of pace up for long unless it's flat.
In my exoperience, trying to cruise side by side is generally a mistake unless the boats are exceptionally well matched, or the conditions are very good. The bigger boats will be more comfotable cruising faster than you, but as long as they wait for you to catch up occasionally then there should be no problem.
I've done quite a bit of cruising in a 5.8 metre RIB in company with bigger boats and a lot of the time all I could see of them was the occasional splash on the horizon. It doesn't take long to make up the distance when they stop though.
If, has happened occasionally in the past, they just charge on ahead and wait for you in the pub then that's not so good!
BIBOA was very useful for us when Becky and I started ribbing, but mainly because of some of the people we met. As it happens, most of my more demanding cruises have not been with BIBOA but it did get us started. At the time it was a unique opportunity to find like minded people, but things have moved on a bit since then.
So, if you like what BIBOA do, then join them and you'll get the chance to do some great cruises in very experienced company. If you don't like what they do then either join and try to change it (if you can be bothered) or just get your own groups together and do your own thing