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Old 28 May 2013, 11:12   #1
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Did the RNLI use 8.8m Barbarian?

Found this ad on boatsandoutboards - did the RNLI really use these? Looks like a nice RIB, but never heard of it before - 'Island Plastics' 8.8m Barbarian RIB?

ISLAND PLASTICS Commercial Ribs for sale , Ex rnli offshore rescue rib 8.8m twin 2009 hondas - Boats And Outboards
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Old 28 May 2013, 11:25   #2
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Only by default when they took over another independant I think?
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As far as I am aware, the RNLI has designed and built all its sea going RIBs. In the last few decades these have been the Atlantic 21, Atlantic 75 and Atlantic 85.
This boat may have been owned by the RNLI but it won't have been in service as an Inshore Life Boat. Crews are trained on Atlantics so that if a boat is put out of service an identical relief boat can be brought to station.
There never were any offshore RIBs that I know of, I smell a rat!
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Nos is sort of right. When the RNLI took over Cowes ILB this was knocking around for a bit before it found it's way to Venturers and lived at Calshot for a while. Venturers seem to have had all sorts of problems over the last year or so, and it now seems it's for sale in Plymouth (assuming it's the same one - it certinaly looks like it and the former Cowes one did have a change of engines which ties up with the info in that ad.) I was under the impression that as soon as the RNLI took over Cowes an Atlantic 85 took over, so I'm not sure it was ever crewed by an RNLI crew although I may be wrong. If it was, it was only for a brief time.
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Nos is sort of right. When the RNLI took over Cowes ILB this was knocking around for a bit before it found it's way to Venturers and lived at Calshot for a while. Venturers seem to have had all sorts of problems over the last year or so, and it now seems it's for sale in Plymouth (assuming it's the same one - it certinaly looks like it and the former Cowes one did have a change of engines which ties up with the info in that ad.) I was under the impression that as soon as the RNLI took over Cowes an Atlantic 85 took over, so I'm not sure it was ever crewed by an RNLI crew although I may be wrong. If it was, it was only for a brief time.
Thought so, but didn't remember enough to say for definite.
IF it's that one, I seem to remember it being for sale for about 10k less last time too...

Seen it a few times , cracking looking boat.
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Likewise!
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It may have been owned by the RNLI but I'm sure it was never a RNLI lifeboat.
I've been on ILBs for over 12 years and never heard of any other ribs than the Atlantics being in service on the sea. Interchangeability of spares and training is key to keeping stations on service so a Rib like this would cause real problems on many levels.
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Looks like the ex-Cowes ILB to me too. Don't forget that for most people "lifeboat" and "RNLI" are synonymous, so I wouldn't immediately suspect skulduggery!
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Looks like the ex-Cowes ILB to me too. Don't forget that for most people "lifeboat" and "RNLI" are synonymous, so I wouldn't immediately suspect skulduggery!
It was, spent many an hour sat in her on shouts and patrols .
Numerous independent lifeboats in and around the Solent, RNLI took over cowes a few years ago hence the island-plastics rib was replaced with a RNLI spec rib. Was running twin 225's. not a bad rig, but as suggested previously it seems to be appreciating in value!
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I think it was the ex Cowes independent lifeboat.
The vendors tend to like embellishing crafts history on the ads.
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