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Old 10 November 2004, 16:00   #1
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Months ago I took out a subscription to RIB International, and I've been dissappointed each time its arrived, apart from maybe 1 article in each issue.
Such as the report about Kath and Fiona going around Ireland in Alan's boat.

Is there an alternative?, RIB int is 80% adverts for RIBs over 30K and has minimal practical advise or projects. I'm the sort of owner who does everything myself for an absolute minimum budget.
In a perverse sort of way I enjoy the building and problem solving almost as much as the boating and always have a project or two on the go to improve my RIB.

Practical Boat Owner is an absorbing read each month, but something similar leaning more towards RIBs or sports boats would be good.

Any recomendations would be helpful.

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Old 10 November 2004, 16:02   #2
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I have to agree with you slightly; for the money (what is it - about 3 or so?!) there isn't all that much of interest.

I bought Boat-Mart a couple of time after getting a free copy at RIBex - that had lots of interesting stuff in it, as well as practicle projects (although not related directly to RIBs). It also had a free compass on one occasion!
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Can't make any recommendations, I'm afraid! I think the market place as it stands at the moment will only support one dedicated RIB magazine. That would mean any rival publisher would get engaged in a tussle for the lion's share of the market - at a high risk of losing one's investment I would think! Of that target audience, only a proportion (say 50%?) are interested in full-on DIY stuff. Having said that, a bit more practical advice would, I think, be a good thing. Have you e-mailed Hugo to tell him your thoughts?
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Practical Boat Owner is an absorbing read each month, but something similar leaning more towards RIBs or sports boats would be good.
eeee lad, tha could spend 3.20 on a dozen grommits
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Hi, haven't e-mailed the mag as I don't think what I'd like is their sort of thing.

I've just put it down to experiance that I've wasted my 18, or whatever it was for 6 issues.

Perhaps I should get together with Pete7 and start our own mag for the practical RIB owner, but I'd need to learn to spell.

Be interesting to hear from Hugo how many subscribtions are renewed.

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Hi, haven't e-mailed the mag as I don't think what I'd like is their sort of thing.
You don't know until you try!!!

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Perhaps I should get together with Pete7 and start our own mag for the practical RIB owner, but I'd need to learn to spell.
Good idea! Now all you need is a computer, printing press and a method of distribution! I'll do your proof-reading (for a modest fee, of course!)
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The other way to do it is to petition the magazine who's format we are interested in to do more for our type of Boating. i.e petition PBO to do some rib stuff. whre do I sign
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Could be PRO Practical RIB Owner, as a number on this Forum get involved with the "Mechanics" of RIN ownership!!

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Have you seen SportsBoat and Rib Magazine.. clicky thing. It's slightly thicker than Rib International, and if that isn't a recommendation, I dunno what is..
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Have you seen SportsBoat and Rib Magazine.. clicky thing. It's slightly thicker than Rib International, and if that isn't a recommendation, I dunno what is..
Sorry to disagree but IMHO Sportsboat & RIB is less interesting/relevant than RIB International! Can't remember seeing much practical stuff there! (But some nice ads for humungous Sunseekers )
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