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Old 28 May 2013, 11:23   #1
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Family RIB

I am planning on buying a rib towards the end of this year/early next year to do some coastal cruising with the family.

Currently I'm mainly a yachtie, but my children do get a bit bored on a yacht after 3 - 4 hours sailing. I can't blame them really, they are 7,4 and 3, and although we try and involve them in the running of the boat there are limitations as to what we want them to do.

I have a couple of friends who have gone to ribs as their main water based fun with families as they actually get to use them, visit lots more places and, as their children have got older do things like donut pulling and wakeboarding. It seems like the way forward as I am also a great distance away from being able to afford any yacht I actually want too...

I am planning to get a boat in the 5.8 - 6.5 m range but would like some advice on fit out and hear peoples experience RIBing with small children. On a yacht it is quite simple.

Foam based life jackets with harness (to be used on RIB too)
Life Line on fixed point in cockpit or on lazyjack if acompanied on windward rail on calm days.
For our youngest we also used to take car seat lashed in cockpit for and slightly rougher days.

I'd be interested in experience and thoughts on optimal layout for family day boating and whether people have wrapped up their kids up in velcro fly suits and stuck them to the seats
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Old 28 May 2013, 11:36   #2
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There is an argument against tethering people into a RIB, as if they fall over the side at speed they will be in greater danger being dragged along than just being able to bob around in the water and wait to be picked up. However, if I had young children and was taking them out in the RIB I would probably do exactly that, only with very short life lines so they couldn't get anywhere near the sides. Of course whatever you attach that to on the boat is going to have to be man enough.

In terms of what sort of boat you want, something like a Ballistic, Ribeye or Cobra is probably what you want as these generally have a mixture of bench seating at the back with jockey seats further forward and are aimed at families like yours.
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Old 28 May 2013, 12:10   #3
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If you are going so fast that there is a danger that you are going to bounce your nippers out of the boat then your'e going too fast. The problem with tethering kids to Ribs is that there is always the possibility that you overturn the boat and your nippers are trapped underneath and the obvious prop chum issiues. Additionaly they don't have the upperbody strength to hold thenselves in position rigidly so they move forward with the bumps and for this I think it is important to protect them from the Stainless work on the boats Pipe insulation and BMX pads used to work well and save chipped teethl.

Derfinitely no cruisong with Kids sitting on the Suicide seat in built into the fromt of the console

Having said that it's years sinced i did it and it might be better getting advice with someone who does family ribbing

I have actually been giving kids seating a bit of thought lately and I reckon that you could quite easily have a bench seat made with feet support raised up for younsters or Jockeys with extra rails laminated to give foot support to younger and shorter legs.

I might Just buy Tims seat mould and start having a go at making something

Re Ribs

Whats you target price. All the seating you are after can be found in Osprey Ribcraft, Humber and Ribquest vessels and the quality is better than the three brands mentioned.

Velcro suits is a canny idea
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Old 28 May 2013, 12:27   #4
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I'm looking to go second hand with a budget of up to about 12k

I like the idea of a bit of a project boat so I can know the boat inside out, but also think I would be better to go for a tried and tested boat first, work out what I want over 2 or 3 seasons then look to do the project boat approach.
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Looking at Ospreys website they seem to have just the bench seat I would like to consider. it is their Rear bench seat with splashwell ( Rigging options - Osprey RIBs UK)
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Looking at Ospreys website they seem to have just the bench seat I would like to consider. it is their Rear bench seat with splashwell ( Rigging options - Osprey RIBs UK)
I don't think your budget will stretch to one of those!
We started on our ribbing with 6 month old a 2 and a 4 year old with mu old dive club Osprey Viper 5.75 rib which lacked any seating so we used car seats and old push chair strapped to the deck
Worked well, but did not strap them in, the worst you can do is scare the wife and kids as this will make it a hole lot harder to get them to come out again, but I expect you know that with your history having sailed already.
For me bench seats are great with small kids as mum can sit with them and give them a reassuring cuddle which is good for both of them.
We moved on to a hard boat as this gave us shelter small cabin lost of seating and a loo, plus we could sleep on it too.
But have gone back to a Ribeye 6m which for me is a great family bot but my youngest is now 10 years old so now the kids our on the jockey seats leaving Mum on the bench seat on her own!

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We've had our kids on the rib from a young age. Full foam lifejackets and sensible warm / waterproof layers.

Body harness under the lifejacket which gave us a really good grab handle for them and enabled clip on should it have been required - it never was.

Always had one on the console with me and the wife had responsibility for the other. We'd often have the little on in the bow seat as he loved it there - used to nod off, but wife would be in control of him via the harness and only ever at sensible speeds.

We removed the bench seat from out boat as the kids hated it, and the 8 year old prefers to stand. They found they were bounced or slid about, but then it was a straight bench, not a scooped one.

Kids on ribs are great, mine was able to get me home from 6 years old, but short trips with picnics, fishing, ringo for the oldest one etc are key for us. Keep them interested in lots of little 2/3 hour trips works here
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