Originally Posted by prairie tuber
I can't think of any racing hardboats I would prefer over a RIB such as an FB Techno 42 for travelling at high speeds in rough conditions. .
Plenty of people falling out of boats like the one you've quoted, but lets face it, those wee fishing boats with chairs on stalks at the bow, bowriders and the plethera of flimsy little blinged up speed boats you have over there are not representative of the kind of boats I would use as comparative craft to mine, or any other more serious saltwater hardboats. ....Hadly surprising you have a long list of idiots falling out of their boats......Only in America!
I really don't think you'd find such a boat (little aluminum thing, with a chair on a stick) tearing about in the Solent at speed, not for long anyway.
An interesting point about cockpits and true, but what percentage of pleasure ribs do you reckon have a 'proper cockpit' ?? I can tell you, over here, virtually none, which is why I made the point in the first place. Care to post a few pics of cockpited ribs in your neck of the woods (no library pics please, just your own).
Funny too how you Yanks are always compelled to remind us what a small country we live in (on) odd that innit! must be summat to do with the mentality...not sure of the relevance.
The Techno is indeed a fine high speed rough water boat, one of, if not THE best, but that isn't because it's a rib.
Buzzi has built a good few ultra capable ribs, he also builds the very same boats with topsides, those boats are just as capable, don't suffer the indignity of repeated tube failure unlike their rubbered sisters and in a few cases on the extreme performance models, the rib version has been dropped because it became a little too common place for them to develop a very high speed tube walk (bouncing from tube to tube) resulting in a barrel roll. The hard version doesn't suffer from that.
Don't get me wrong, if the conditions are such that one is required to lolop along, and through mountainous seas, at very low speed and with decks constantly awash, an unsinkable boat with mamouth natural deck drainage would be my first choice over a super fast design aswell. Still not sure I'd bother with rubber tubes mind you, as those attributes are easily available without the use of such delicate and voulnerable bouyancy.
But VERY few of you ribbers ever 'actually' use your boats in the conditions you all constantly quote them as being so suitable for anyway.
It's a weird obsession with perceived rough water ability that seems to go hand in hand with Bowie knives, cammo trousers and an obsession with danger, weapons and macho attitudes.
The reality seems to be, (over here at least) that when the weather's bad, there's just as many ribnobbas heading back in, or choosing not to make the passage as any other boating genre (excepting the sailing mob, who are all barmy) whilst you all talk as if that's the weather you're waiting for to make it actually worth going out at all.
You're a funny lot.....All 'wannabe' lifeboatmen I reckon. I'm sure there aught to be a medial term for it.
And back to the original point, trawl through these forums and see how many ejection stories you find (at surprisingly low speeds) and compare that with a performance hard boat forum (such as the excellent boatmad.com
) and you find hardly any, in fact, virtualy none, and the average speeds those users are commonly doing is probably twice that of the average wannabe marine/lifeboatmen.