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Old 10 April 2006, 17:06   #1
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SIB Surfing

New to the site- great site!
I recently purchased an Avon 4.5 SIB with a 30 hp Nissan. Plan to use it on the NC Coast. I read a post recently about "SIB Surfing". I know the RIB's can take rough water, but what are the SIB's capable of. Want to have fun, but don't want to get in over my head.

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Old 10 April 2006, 17:39   #2
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Have a look at these - sibs not ribs!!!

http://www.inflatableboats.com.au/hot/ph1.html
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Old 10 April 2006, 17:57   #3
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Great Shots!

How esay is it to flip a SIB
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Old 10 April 2006, 18:12   #4
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I was asking the same questions a few weeks back .
I have come to the conclusion that my sib is more like a dirt bike . Its a case of what can you and your passenger handle .
I have come back aching from head to toe after my last 2 trips . and my passenger pleading for mercy .

All I can say is those lifeguards must be very agile and fit .

The sib kicks the shit out of you in anything rough . A 2-3ft wind over tide is almost impossible to take at any speed , but a bigger swell is good fun .
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I spent about 3 years diving off a 14' Achilles. Not always in the greatest dive conditions. My general feeling is that the boat will probably take (and handle) a lot more than you or your good sense will.

I've been out in true 10 foot seas (though they were rollers, not breaking waves), and, while I probably would opt not to do that again, the boat handled it without being all that dramatic.

The big problem in a SIB comes, not so much from swell, but rather wind chop; the fast uneven stuff will pound the crap out of you.

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Old 11 April 2006, 08:24   #6
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The big problem in a SIB comes, not so much from swell, but rather wind chop; the fast uneven stuff will pound the crap out of you.
Iam glad someone else has also posted this fact , i was begining to wonder if it was just me or my boat.

I also have to say that having been out alone in some heavy wind the other day the second danger is wind , and I felt this was the most likely thing to flip the boat .
It was feeling like it was trying to take off into a heavy wind blown chop under the Tamar bridge . It was at least a 5 and the wind does funnel up this estuary. I think the same day others said it was up to a 7 in places.
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Don't know. I've been out in some pretty stiff breezes (well, stiff for around here); 40 to 50 mph; my SIB never felt like it was on the verge of flipping (though the thought was pretty, uh, prevalent at the time.)

The one time I did think it was going over had to do with a large breaking wave that detected a bit late. Just managed to get the bow into it, power up and chop throttle at the top. Coma from inattention and watching surf pounding on rocks from a wee bit too close (some of you right-side-of-the-Atlantic guys wanted to get some pictures of the conditions there. I think they're all back in school at Edinburgh now.)

Boat seemed pretty stable in wind.

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Thanks for info. Whot is the technique for attacking a large wave (other than not broadside!)? Specifically handling power. Sounds like you power into in and reduce as you go over the top. I'm use to a heavier boat where you can usually cut right through. I plan to use this to load up with kids and play in the surf/ocean. Use mostly in fair weather, but you never know when a storm will kick up. OK to scare them a little but don't want to kill them.
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Well, if it's big enough that you really need to jockey power, you probably shouldn't be out in it anyway.

That said, I always tried to minimize bow lift over the top. Which mean powering up (which will aid in keeping you straight), then cutting power as you hit the top (which should, assuming you had some headway, help in bringing the nose down the far side.)

Pick your spot, though, as you do not want to do this on a breaking swell (theoretically, it should still work, but you're going to be trying it in a more vertical orientation. I'm not going to try and validate that.)

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Old 11 April 2006, 18:04   #10
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Pick your spot, though, as you do not want to do this on a breaking swell (theoretically, it should still work, but you're going to be trying it in a more vertical orientation. I'm not going to try and validate that.)

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I can validate it, doesn't work too well if it's breaking, especially if the waves are in short (spacing) sets. Was out playing in the waves in a 12 ft. Metzler powered with a 20 hp. Merc years ago, shouldn't have been out at all but was young and stupid at the time, waves were running about 9 to 11 ft. Running into the wind/sea we caught 1,2,3 waves in a row and got the boat into a much too vertical position, tried to power over the last one but the wind at the top took us completely nose over end. Once you flip a soft bottom boat with a inflatable keel forget about righting it. Had to be rescued (towed in) by some guy who was out in scarab. It did not hurt the boat or the motor (had to pump/dry it out) but lost anything that did not float. No more playing in the big stuff with the little boat. Not that you can't, just expect that one is gonna bite you now and then.
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