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Old 15 July 2010, 03:40   #1
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Brilliant book on history of RIBs

If you are interested in the history and development of RIBs then this book I can thoroughly recommend.

The RIB - the Rigid Hulled Inflatable Lifeboat by David Sutcliffe

It is only available directly from Atlantic College, Amazon do not sell it.

The story of the Atlantic

College rescue boats

David Sutcliffe’s book tells the story of the college’s

rescue boats and will

raise funds towards


In just three weeks two

Atlantic College Dutch

students built Psychedelic

Surfer, the rigid-hulled

inflatable that defied sceptics

to finish 19th in Britain’s first

ever Round Britain Powerboat

Race in 1969 and launched the

rigid-hulled inflatable into the

consciousness of the life-saving

community across the world.

With modern materials and technologies the original Atlantic boats

have been developed into sophisticated variations now used in their

hundreds of thousands worldwide by life-saving organisations, the

offshore energy industry, the military, the marine racing world and

the leisure market.

The opening speaker at the 2005 Conference of the Royal

Institution of Naval Architects commented that it was “probably

safe to say that the development of the RIB has been the most

significant design development in the small craft area over the past

50 years”; and David Stogdon, former RNLI Inspector of Lifeboats,

wrote in 1993: “Atlantic College started something which will affect

all lifeboat societies in time ... there was a wonderful spirit at the

college … It was largely this spirit which helped us develop the

inshore lifeboats round the British Isles.”

David Sutcliffe, a member of the college’s founding staff in 1962,

has now told their story in The RIB: the Rigid-Hulled Inflatable

Lifeboat and its Place of Birth - the Atlantic College. Profits will go

to the Atlantic College scholarship fund. The book can be ordered

at a pre-publication price of £25 (hardback) and £15 (paperback).

Postage and packing costs will apply.

For more information and to order please contact

Tel: +44(0)1446 799147 or go to

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Old 15 July 2010, 04:05   #2
Country: UK - England
Town: Taunton
Boat name: Bravo Papa, Tesco
Make: Humber, Avon
Length: 5m +
Engine: 40hp/90hp
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 16
Brilliant book on history of RIBs

Correction - it is now available from Amazon (just checked), it wasn't a few weeks ago when I tried getting a copy. If you buy direct from Atlantic College the funds from the book will go directly to them.

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Old 17 July 2010, 12:14   #3
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Thanks for that, just ordered my copy.
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