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Old 06 November 2002, 05:54   #1
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Attached is a photo of the APACHE range boats that are made in Greece by Bell Marine.
These boats are of a complete fibre glass shell and inside the fibre galss pontoons they are fitted with small inflatable sections.
These boats take also part in RIB races in Greece (Greece is an amazing country - also in the EU you know - and ONLY good for holidays).
What is your opinion.
Since they do not actually have proper inflatable pontoons can these boats be consider as RIBs or as something else?
YOUR VIEWS WILL BE VERY WELCOME AND USED TO SEE WHETHER OFSE (the Greek RIB equivalent to BIBOA) WILL TAKE ANY NOTICE.
Photo from a race lat July Kalamaki-Paros witn NNE wind force 8
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Old 06 November 2002, 06:41   #2
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Hi Manos

I suppose they are technically a Rib as they are Rigid they have an inflatable collar inside the fibre glass and they are a boat. They just dont look like the Ribs we all see every day.

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I'm not sure what the BIBOA definition is for racing purposes, but I know it is quite specific about what is acceptable and what isn't.

To my mind these are certainly RIBs. We have RIBs with very thin tapered tubes, we even have RIBs with hard noses -- they're all still RIBs though.

However the boat in the picture below has inflatable fenders, but I certainly wouldn't call it a RIB. Where do we draw the line?

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I agree with John. There is no way in the world that the boat in that photo is a Rib. What where they thinking of. Looks crap and is a pointless design. Burn it.

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I agree, the Landau pictured is not a rib. I have had the pleasure of actually going in one, sans inflatable fenders mind you, and the hull/ride is quite superb. Rib or no rib, this is a great boat if you don't mind the aesthetics. Surprisingly she has almost no wake to speak of.
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Well wherever you draw the line, of one thing there can be no doubt. My boat is a SIB. My boat is an inflatable boat. My boat qualifies for the BIBOA.

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Old 06 November 2002, 09:17   #7
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In my view

NEITHER the Landau or the Apache are RIBS (although rules make them both RIBS).
The Landau is COMPLETELY OUT BY MILES. Is an augly looking thing for heaven sake.
The Apache is a cheet!!!! A LOOK ALIKE CHEET (have to admit clever idea of the builders though and the racing version has a top speed 70 knots with a 200 bhp Mariner ).
What ever rules say I believe that a RIB should look and BE like a RIB. If rules don't cange we may see a SCARAB or a COUGAR or a Sunseeker or a Fairline or a Mariah or a Baja or.... where do I stop?? with a floating titbit on the side posing as a RIB.
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Last time I read the BIBOA racing rules I seem to recall some rule along the lines of a certain % of hull had to be tube. So whilst you can have tapered tubes you can't get away with none or a fender as per the Landau. Not sure whether the tubes actually have to be inflatable fabric as opposed to solid.

Not a racing RIB but there is a well known Aluminium RIB called Awesome, self built by Andy Micklewright. Absolutely fantastic boat, goes through anything - makes lots of spray - but goes through anything!

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Hi Alan

Aluminium RIB will go through anything.
Just wait and I have some photos of 4 smagling boats that were confiscated by the Greek Coast Guard. Owners arrested.
Boats are about 50ft long, with 4 2000bhp engines with racing pearcing 5 bladed prps on.
The Coast Guard said they can do 80 knots tops and cruise @ 60 knots.
The bow is covered with steel 1" thick.
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Re: In my view

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What ever rules say I believe that a RIB should look and BE like a RIB.
The first rib I ever owned was an orange Avon, then an orange Osprey, then a few more orange Avons. My hands have a permanent orange tint from working gelcoat. My workshop is covered in orange dust. My blockpaving has an orange hue to it. In fact, everything I own has a dollop of orange on it so I have to say "a rib ain't a rib unless its orange"! Having said that I'm now retiring to my bunker with my orange hard hat on. Ni Ni.

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