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Old 03 December 2008, 18:56   #31
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Thats not true. Well if the club "like BIBOA" was about 1/2 the cost, ran cruises local to me more than say once a year and openly welcomed folks with small boats! And I suspect if it was closer to a tenner a year then many more people would join even if they don't participate in the events.
Why not organise one and get the backing/support of BIBOA rather than complain that someone else isn't doing it.

Having not been a member for a few years maybe there needs to be a SIB or small RIB committee member to represent their interests. Again it needs someone to step forward!
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Old 03 December 2008, 19:10   #32
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Why not organise one and get the backing/support of BIBOA rather than complain that someone else isn't doing it.
A cruise or a club?

If you meant a club I can't see BIBOA supporting what would in effect be a competitive club.

If you mean a cruise - then why do it under the BIBOA umbrella? What value does that bring - I can do it via Ribnet without everyone having to fork out 50 quid for membership.

I'm not complaining at all. As I said previously I am providing some feedback which an open minded organisation trying to widen its membership might want to take on board. But if they are quite happy with their membership, and that they are percieved by some as a "big rib" club then I have no objection to that - and they should stop pretending not to be.

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Having not been a member for a few years maybe there needs to be a SIB or small RIB committee member to represent their interests. Again it needs someone to step forward!
Yes - i'm not even sure if technically SIBs fall in their remit - although I am sure they would be made welcome. I am guessing they don't have too many committee meetings in Scotland though - so practicality would make you a better volunteer for that role!!!
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Having researched and had correspondence with BIBOA I can only support most whole-heartly everthing that Polwart has raised in relation to this organisation.
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I joined them 5 or 6 years ago. Only had a little boat then, was tld to mail details and they would get me an board a boat on the next cruise........chased them but never had a single reply to mails.
Didnt renew & would give them the time of day.........bloody ignorant!!
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I joined BIBOA about 15 years ago and the club has been fantastic, joined when we sold our dory and brought a 6mtre Humber. Was introduced to lots of people who had been on ribs for years, alan priddy etc and they spent a lot of time with us showing us how to do things and we gained a hell of a lot of experiance.

Been on Ribs for 15 years now, ran the cruise side of the club a couple of years ago and run about 6 events throughout the year. Not all of them are long distance ie Solent to Dartmouth etc and we have boats from 6 mtres to 10 mtres on the events.

Up to you if you want to join etc but if your interested in Ribs and meeting with like minded people then 50 quid is not exactly a lot of money to depart with.
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Not all of them are long distance ie Solent to Dartmouth etc and we have boats from 6 mtres to 10 mtres on the events.
reinforcing the idea that the club is not really for small (e.g. 4-5m) boats.
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Up to you if you want to join etc but if your interested in Ribs and meeting with like minded people then 50 quid is not exactly a lot of money to depart with.
if you are in a big rib you are probably right - what does 50 quid buy you - an hour or maybe two of fuel, a week's storage in the marina/dry stack. But if you are a small ribber boating on a budget - 50 quid is probably a whole weekend's fuel, or 2-3 months+ storage etc. Or 2.5 years of RIBnet supporter status.... or you can chose to benefit from rib net FOC, and achieve many of the same benefits! ... or 30 months subscription to RIB international... or 18 months membership of the RYA.
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I think your just looking for an argument to be honest.

As your so against BIBOA Probably better if you dont join.
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I have just joined, the reason.... I want to go on longer well organised cruises next year now that I have forked out for a larger boat. Previously when I had a smaller boat I did not really feel comfortable going long distance and did not feel I would benefit from joining Biboa.

Now I do.

I can't really see what the problem is, The fact the the clubs membership has become predominantly larger Rib owners is just a sign of the times and the way the Rib market has changed over the last decade.

I don't see this as a bad thing. If there was a large volume of members that joined with smaller boats and became active in organising trips that suited then perhaps that would help the club develop in that area. Its like any club you get as much out of it as you are prepared to put in.

I have always found RIBnet as the best resource for organising shorter day trips or excursions as it seemed more suitable.
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I have just joined, the reason.... I want to go on longer well organised cruises next year now that I have forked out for a larger boat. Previously when I had a smaller boat I did not really feel comfortable going long distance and did not feel I would benefit from joining Biboa.

Now I do.

I can't really see what the problem is, The fact the the clubs membership has become predominantly larger Rib owners is just a sign of the times and the way the Rib market has changed over the last decade.

I don't see this as a bad thing. If there was a large volume of members that joined with smaller boats and became active in organising trips that suited then perhaps that would help the club develop in that area. Its like any club you get as much out of it as you are prepared to put in.

I have always found RIBnet as the best resource for organising shorter day trips or excursions as it seemed more suitable.

Chris

Thats the most sensible post to date re BIBOA and bang on the money, exactly how my last 2 years have gone. Look forward to seeing you on some of the trips next year. You could drag that wave jumping madman along, we can always syphon off some fuel mid channel to keep him flying.

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If you PM Louise nicely :-) she maybe able to send you a copy of the 1/4 riblines mag, havent read in full yet (so dont quote me on anything) but looks as if they had a great Scottish cruise this summer, ribs from 10m down to 4m running together.

But please ask nicely chaps.......
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