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Old 19 November 2008, 11:37   #1
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Famous RIBs

Whilst chatting to George at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth yesterday he was explaining their policy of displaying interesting old boats of all types, and trying to source specific boats with a history.

They have realised the importance of RIBs in recent boating history, and are considering giving over some display space to them.

I of course suggested that an iconic early RIB of a particular type would be a 4M searider, but he was more interested in any specific individual boats with a famous history that they may be able to attempt to track down.

I couldnít think of any particular boat off the top of my head except Alan Ps RIB that is still floating around in the North Atlantic somewhere, and thatís quite recent.
Iíve since remembered the Volvo Penta outboard powered Flatacraft Force4 that was taken across from London to Amsterdam under its own power by some mad bloke and his girlfriend in the 70ís, but I canít think of any other specific RIBs. There must be some old race boats hanging about with a history, and Iím aware that there have been some trips around Cape Horn etc.

I can pass any suggestions on to the Museum for consideration.

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Old 19 November 2008, 11:53   #2
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Thats a very good question and I cant think of any specific boats that fit the bill. I guess the most generic one is the Atlantic boats used by the RNLI - but these are not a one off boat.
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Old 19 November 2008, 13:08   #3
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Spirit of Portsmouth/Phoenix, the 7.5m RIB which Alan Priddy and team first took across the Atlantic used to be sitting in Drivers boatyard and may well still be there. And our own great Mr Kennett is another previous owner of the boat! Not sure who owns it now though.

Not sure if Enda O'Coineen's 'rubber dinghy' (quoted from the book) is still in existence and if it is, it would probably be difficult to track down.

Bear Grylls' RIB which he took across the Atlantic a few years ago would probably be easier to find.

With regards to racing RIBs, Mike Deacon's Hot Lemons, I'd have thought, are quite famous. Also Cookee's Bananashark race boat and Drew Langdon's Buzzi Bullett.

You could try getting in touch with Neil McGrigor and team, who used Zap Cats and Flying Inflatable Boats in their successful ascent of the Nile which resulted in them locating the source of the Nile for the very first time.

IIRC, I think Sunrider and Arek Pawelek (both members on here) may be able to help you with other RIB exploits around the world.

That's a few to get you started, anyway!
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Old 19 November 2008, 13:35   #4
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Going slightly off topic;
There is (or maybe was) an old wooden boat that was used as the first ever survey boat. It did the first "modern" survey of the menie straights. Next time you see your friend will you ask if it would be of interest? I could soon track down the owner if it's still forsale.
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As well as being quite a well known race boat, the current Hot Lemon also holds 2 World Records: Round Britain (under 30') and Southern Isles.

Chris Strickland's Seahound also holds 2 World Records: Round British Isles and London - Monte Carlo.
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Old 19 November 2008, 17:00   #6
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The first Atlantic 21 would be a good one, it was stationed at Hartlepool to start off.
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The first Atlantic 21 would be a good one, it was stationed at Hartlepool to start off.
Are you sure it was not at Atlantic College?
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Whilst chatting to George at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth
George? Who T F is George?
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George? Who T F is George?
Sorry Mollers, you probably only know him as Mr Hogg

From their website;-
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George has strong Cornish roots as his great grandfather was a shipbuilder at Feock. He now lives near Padstow. He has been the Hon Curator of the Cornwall Maritime Museum Falmouth since 1993.


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