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Old 12 April 2007, 10:47   #11
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My wife and I are primarily sailors too, she's on her second Paralympic sailing campaign right now. Our Searider is primarily used as a coachboat for her campaign. I think sailors are smarter than most stinkpotters, that's why we're drawn to the functionality of RIBs. What do you have for a sailboat? Do any racing?
Oh, I think I've read about your wife, Maureen? You guys race a Sonar? I bought a Colgate 26 two years ago. I race PHRF and one-design. I'm usually at the back of the fleet, but am getting better. Chose the Colgate over the Sonar as it's a bit more kid friendly and it has an outboard.

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She's waiting for me to drive down to FL the end of the month to pick up our RIB, so she can use it to commute to her job at Piers Park Sailing Center in East Boston. Maybe you two can "boatpool"! I'm not sure that commuting by RIB will be any faster or more efficient that driving to Boston, but it'll certainly be a lot more fun! We don't have a dock or even a mooring in Marblehead, so that adds to the complexity of the concept.
I'm still 10 years away from a mooring in MHD main harbor. Have one on the West Shore for 'Cebu' and will keep the RIB in a slip at Hawthorne Cove. Not ideal, but...

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We're going to be taking a couple of trips out to Stellwagen to visit the whales once the weather gets a bit better. It never occurred to us to do that until we sailed through the area by accident last year on out way to P-Town. Would be nice to have another boat along for at least the first trip out.
Count me in!
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Old 17 April 2007, 23:32   #12
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another new england ribber

Hi All,

Good to see some company in ct/mass/ri. I've had a rib since 1992, so it's about time! That was a custom built 18ft ARC, made in Newport RI. Great boat! Last year decided it was time to get something a little bigger and newer.
After looking around and an on the water sea trial in Marblehead, I decided on a Ribcraft 6.5. I you look on ribcraft's web site, the blue with grey rub strake 210 is mine.
So far the rig is quite nice. I'd be interested in a local ribathon if others are interested.

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Old 18 April 2007, 06:34   #13
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count hew hampshire in

Around here the only ribs are coast guard and marine patrol and they do not want to play. Marblehead really is not far from portsmouth "as a fish swims"
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Old 18 April 2007, 09:59   #14
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Same here in CT. My older rib was grey, so it looked like some kind of "official" boat, I can't tell you how many people thought it was. Back then no one could imagine anyone with such a boat. Now people look at it in wonder, but tend to think it's cool. The reaction when I pass a boat that is cruising is always interesting. The thought of being passed by a "rubber boat"!
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Old 19 April 2007, 09:19   #15
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power or sail

My wife and I are primarily sailors too, she's on her second Paralympic sailing campaign right now. Our Searider is primarily used as a coachboat for her campaign. I think sailors are smarter than most stinkpotters, that's why we're drawn to the functionality of RIBs. What do you have for a sailboat? Do any racing?


O.K. lets not get started....
C'mon Dc, we ALL know you love your rib best, just don't tell your wife...
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Old 19 April 2007, 10:09   #16
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My wife and I are primarily sailors too, she's on her second Paralympic sailing campaign right now. Our Searider is primarily used as a coachboat for her campaign. I think sailors are smarter than most stinkpotters, that's why we're drawn to the functionality of RIBs. What do you have for a sailboat? Do any racing?


O.K. lets not get started....
C'mon Dc, we ALL know you love your rib best, just don't tell your wife...
Sorry, no... I'd rather be racing a Viper640 (my current favorite boat), J/24 or Sonar, or cruising with the family on our little 25' sailboat. The RIB is great fun for blasting about though, and my 7 y.o. daughter prefers the RIB. I am looking forward to scooting 15 miles offshore to visit the whales a few times in the RIB this summer. Never would have thought of doing that, if we hadn't sailed through Stellwagen Bank on our 25' cruisey sailboat, on our way to Provincetown for a weekend.

Different tools for different needs. In either case, being on the water is what it's all about!! Best of both worlds I waste time here, but much more on SailingAnarchy.com


Hmmm... Whale watch... the first Mass Bay RIBnet rally? I may not have my boat back from FL until Memorial Day weekend, so how about June 9th? (weather dependent, of course). I have a local J/24 regatta the following weekend (Father's Day).
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Old 19 April 2007, 10:21   #17
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MassBay Ribnet Rally

June 9th works for me. Have to brush up on the regs regarding whales at Stellwagen...
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Old 19 April 2007, 11:40   #18
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want to see whales

It would be fun for a bunch of us to get our boats together, How far offshore do you have to go. marble head is about an hour away and not a bad ride. If I am free Id love to join you. I will keep looking and stay in touch.
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June 9th works for me. Have to brush up on the regs regarding whales at Stellwagen...

http://stellwagen.noaa.gov/visit/wha...uidelines.html


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Old 19 April 2007, 12:08   #20
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Thanks jky! I shall laminate a copy and keep them handy.
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