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Old 05 April 2016, 10:09   #1
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New member from London (non-RIB)

Hello all,

I am a long-time yachtie but have been out of the scene for a long while due to time pressures created by children and work. After toying with the idea for many years I have finally taken the plunge and purchased a boat for knocking about with the family in; staying away from sail for the time and convenience factor.

I decided to join Ribnet as I have found the information on the forums invaluable, particularly re suggestions for places to go in and around the IOW. Given the community seems very friendly, I hope I won't be flamed for not actually owning a RIB ! The boat is a White Shark centre console, so very similar in ethos to a RIB in that it is a versatile open boat suitable for many different activities.

I'm based in London and the boat is in Portsmouth. Maiden voyage is to the IOW this coming weekend.

I look forward to participating in this community
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Old 05 April 2016, 10:28   #2
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Hello all,

I am a long-time yachtie but have been out of the scene for a long while due to time pressures created by children and work. After toying with the idea for many years I have finally taken the plunge and purchased a boat for knocking about with the family in; staying away from sail for the time and convenience factor.

I decided to join Ribnet as I have found the information on the forums invaluable, particularly re suggestions for places to go in and around the IOW. Given the community seems very friendly, I hope I won't be flamed for not actually owning a RIB ! The boat is a White Shark centre console, so very similar in ethos to a RIB in that it is a versatile open boat suitable for many different activities.

I'm based in London and the boat is in Portsmouth. Maiden voyage is to the IOW this coming weekend.

I look forward to participating in this community
Welcome to the world of RibNet

as a matter of interest why didn't you get yourself a RIB.
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Old 05 April 2016, 10:58   #3
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Thank you and a fair question !

Whilst I wanted a RIB for preference, my wife doesn't like the look of them with their inflatable collars and as I've always admired the look of the WhiteSharks I saw whilst sailing around the coast of France in my youth, it seemed like a fair compromise given they (WhiteSharks) are famed for their sea-keeping qualities (the main reason I wanted a RIB).
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Old 05 April 2016, 12:48   #4
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Welcome good luck on the maiden voyage.

I think being a ribber is more a state of mind than an actual ownership requirement.

A bit like being blonde

( I don't own a Rib either)

PS photos required!
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Old 05 April 2016, 12:50   #5
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Hi mate

Welcome good compromise keep her happy it's simpler that way, not familiar with your boat stick some pics up after your trip.


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Old 29 April 2016, 05:51   #6
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Trip was a great success, thank you, despite some somewhat iffy weather (amazing how many women and children you can squeeze into that tiny cuddy cabin when the sun turns to driven sleet in 10 mins). Hopefully these pics have uploaded OK.
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Nice boat cracking shot of the kids asleep cheers
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Old 30 April 2016, 11:09   #8
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Are the kids tethered to the boat?


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Old 01 May 2016, 04:25   #9
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Lovely boat but as Pikey commented, would no recommend attaching kids to the boat! I know it the norm when sailing but not in a fast open boat!
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Lovely boat but as Pikey commented, would no recommend attaching kids to the boat! I know it the norm when sailing but not in a fast open boat!
I've never really understood this. The logic seems to be that if you flip the boat they are stuffed. I totally accept that, but (1) If you are driving a boat in conditions / a manner likely to flip it with young kids on board you aren't doing normal family boating; (2) yachts capsize too.

Now if the tether is long enough that the kids can fall over and be dragged along in the water that could be a very bad thing.

But just to be clear I've never tethered my kids, its good to discuss and understand where the real risks are though (e.g. walking around on a fast boat is probably not to be encouraged, having knife/cutters to hand if using tethers etc.)
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