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Old 31 May 2005, 05:09   #11
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The Universities of Portsmouth & Plymouth should add the possibility of going RIBbing to their prospectuses


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Plymouth certainly do mention the courses that the Recreation Department run but not much is given over to the Student Uni Clubs!

Plymouth actually has a Sailing AND Powerboat Club. Its the only University that has a powerboat club in the UK. They run loads of trips in and around Plymouth Sound and often go travelling around the UK to support the sailing team. They have a 6m Humber with a 115hp Yam, 4 Polar Circle 'Pigs' with seventy fives, a orkney day boat, and access to 4 4.8m Tornados and 2 6m Tornados as and when!

Very good club and costs are kept to a minimum. As you can imagine most trips involve getting into a pub!!
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Old 31 May 2005, 05:44   #12
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I am a member of Emsworth Sailing Club, therefore in a similar location to yourselves. i.e. loads of mud and shallows.

ESC has a 10 year old BWM 5m with a 30hp Honda 4 st. and a tandem jockey seat mounted well forward.

The engine is far to small, and will not get the rib on the plane in under 1/2 an hour with 2 up. The descision to get a small engine was that it would stop people exceeding Chichesters 8kt speed limit! It stands no chance of keeping up with anything faster than a Wayfarer, which means that you find yourself miles away from the action at the gybe mark. Much better to go for an engine which will push along at 16 - 18kts with 3-4 up and able to get an injured person ashore in good time. Take the risk a speeding fine. I doubt you will get more than a warning in a real emergency.

The forward helm position gives a huge working area aft for stowing bent laser rigs, tired crew and casualtys etc.

Forget the A frame, as you say, it will be used as a towing point, and actually gets in the way when taking on a tow or working around the back of the boat. A bridle is a must.
You dont need nav lights unless you do night races.

Fish finder? I bet it gets knocked overboard by the end of the season.

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Old 31 May 2005, 13:42   #13
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Plymouth actually has a Sailing AND Powerboat Club. Its the only University that has a powerboat club in the UK. They run loads of trips in and around Plymouth Sound and often go travelling around the UK to support the sailing team....Very good club and costs are kept to a minimum. As you can imagine most trips involve getting into a pub!!
A well-rounded education on offer there!

Sounds excellent Chris. And an important consideration for boat-mad prospective students.

Also sounds like there are good opportunities at Pompey University Jimbob. All things being equal these aspects of Uni life are a worth considering. (The So'ton lot seem to do OK also )

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And here they are.
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Old 31 May 2005, 14:23   #15
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They are indestructable boats!

I think they are nearly 9 years old and they have not had one days 'downtime' as a result of hull problems!!

Thats not bad going really. I mean they are not the most glam. boats but they do the job!
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Michael Whelan from Plymouth powerboat school told me they're made out of oil pipes welded together!
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Also sounds like there are good opportunities at Pompey University Jimbob. All things being equal these aspects of Uni life are a worth considering. (The So'ton lot seem to do OK also )
Grrr. They always beat us at sailing!

No, seriously, the Scummers are a very very very professional sailing team, who win many Uni and National events, but whether knowingly or not, they are not at all beginner friendly.

On the powerboating front, setting up a powerboat club is something I've considered, especially with several uni and ex uni ribbers in the area (I seem to remember Tim M is coming down next year).

As with everything, the problem is funding, so if anyone has a big new rib they want to sell us for 50 while we get started...

Being as busy as I am on the Committee of the sailing club, and having exams at the moment, I think I'm going to look into it a bit more in the new academic year. The Solent being such a fantastic place to be ribbing, I'm sure it could work!
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Old 31 May 2005, 15:21   #18
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Not quite but they are made of HDPE which is the same stuff they made gas pipes out of! They thermally weld them together and insert baffles to make chambers just like a rib collar. We were told when they were purchased that they Norwegian SBS equivalent swear by them! (Might be marketing spin!) I've seen a few up in Scotland also being used in the salmon fishery industry.

I was running a session with the Uni once and one of our not so bright students had a bit of a knock with another boat, needless to say the 'pig' was fine but the other boat, a dory, was toast!

The Uni like them for reliability and the fact that with the console at the back you can keep an eye on all the divers in the bow without much hassle. Three up in a 2 meter chop can be uncomforatble without the ballast/divers!!

They are used seven days a week so really they are at the top end of the commercial heavy use market. Ribs unfortunately are just not robust enough for that kind of use. Its a sad fact but if you dont own it people don't treat kit the way they should.

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On the powerboating front, setting up a powerboat club is something I've considered, especially with several uni and ex uni ribbers in the area ...Being as busy as I am on the Committee of the sailing club, and having exams at the moment, I think I'm going to look into it a bit more in the new academic year. The Solent being such a fantastic place to be ribbing, I'm sure it could work!
Go for it!

It would be great for Portsmouth!

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I am a member of Emsworth Sailing Club, therefore in a similar location to yourselves. i.e. loads of mud and shallows.

ESC has a 10 year old BWM 5m with a 30hp Honda 4 st. and a tandem jockey seat mounted well forward.

The engine is far to small, and will not get the rib on the plane in under 1/2 an hour with 2 up. The descision to get a small engine was that it would stop people exceeding Chichesters 8kt speed limit! It stands no chance of keeping up with anything faster than a Wayfarer, which means that you find yourself miles away from the action at the gybe mark. Much better to go for an engine which will push along at 16 - 18kts with 3-4 up and able to get an injured person ashore in good time. Take the risk a speeding fine. I doubt you will get more than a warning in a real emergency.
Thanks for that, it's certainly something we rate quite highly. It helps that usually if we're going fast they think it's an Outdoor Centre Rib, and also, 2 of the Harbour Master boat drivers are current University of Portsmouth Sailing Club, and one is Ex, so they tend to turn a blind eye if we're acting as safety.


I've e-mailed Barnet, to get a quote on an XS and a Tornado 5m, Ribcraft for a 4.8, and Solent for their 5.4.

Any suggestions as to who else I should e-mail?
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