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Old 04 June 2007, 23:04   #1
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strange rib video

the rib shows up toward the end of the video.

is that a self-righting device? looks like a McDonalds play structure.



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Strange story and the video missed all the exciting bits. Doesn't look like self righting gear to me.

Can't work out why the yacht was abandoned either - what a waste - I would have loved that - if I had been on the cruise ship I would have claimed salvage!!!
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Looks like a self righting float to me. Hideous though.
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Can't work out why the yacht was abandoned either - what a waste
The saily thing seemed to be rolling quite a bit. Broken keel, maybe?

Pretty ugly arch/flotation/aerodynamic thingie on the RIB. The crewmembers didn't seem to be all that excited, either.

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That was one of of the teams that does the around the world alone races. I think he had some sort of rudder or steering problem that prevented him from going on. I think the RIB boat you saw has to have a self righting feature in order to meet cruise ship standards as a life boat. That is why it has such an ugly arch.
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I think the RIB boat you saw has to have a self righting feature in order to meet cruise ship standards as a life boat. That is why it has such an ugly arch.
Don't get it. They could have used the gas inflation hypalon bags (at least, I think that's what they are), neatly folded into a squarish package, like everyone else uses. It didn't have to look like something out of Buck Rogers.

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Think you might find if you watch the vid the yacht is healing over to starboard a lot......looks like the 'canting keel' has jammed over to starboard making the yacht unstable.......
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Interesting story over this site:

http://bymnews.com/may/dangerous-when-wet.html
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Yes I have read it a few times - makes no sense to me!!! Only thing I can work out is the yacht was fine and should never have been abandoned.
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Sounds to me that the yacht was abandoned because the operator was incapable of continuing (not that it sounded like he was all that capable in the first place.)

Shame, but not really any way around it, I suppose. Open ocean boating doesn't leave a whole lot of options when things go wrong.

Off-topic comment: If you haven't read "The Race" by Tim Zimmerman, you should. Nice account of the around-the-world sailing races from well before its inception to about 2001 or so.

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