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Old 01 October 2003, 16:33   #1
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rib racing

well ive got the bug of racing after southsea, but i dont understand the classes and their limits... i now think ive got to get myself a rib with this in mind. Also does anyone teach race driving. After the article in ribworld and seeing 2 poor guys get spat out their rib on sunday, how does everyone feel about stepped hulls?? Are they a requirement to get any where in racing or will a conventional hull do just fine

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Old 02 October 2003, 03:12   #2
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gtflash - At the moment there are 2 classes, the one is single 200 hp outboards or inboard deisels of around 330 or 350 hp (rules may change on that soon), the other class is for twin outboards of around 200hp each, with a diesel equilavent as well. There is also a smaller class which has died a bit of a death recently, which is based around the 1.3 litre engines.

A good website to start with would be, they govern the RIB side of things and are incredibly helpfull people. The RYA are at for licensing.

As far as stepped hulls are concerned there has been considerable discussion about this at unfortunately the thread was started by a Greek bloke with an overactive imagination who has already been banned from here, but the general concensus (including mine as a builder and racer) is that having a stepped hull has nothing at all to do with turning boats over, it's racing and the overenthusiastic driver that is the problem!

Stepped hulls are very popular and do go faster, so you make your choice. Have a look at the websites listed at the BIBOA site for manufacturers of race boats and ask them about lessons. We would be prepared to help with the learning process ( although we are in South Devon, and I would imagine there are other manufacturers who could point you in the direction of someone helpfull.

Good luck and feel free to ask more questions,
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