Originally Posted by Glenn collins
Practical Rib User.
So here goes, A magazine dedicated to Ribs and Ribing. Features and articles on all aspects of getting, owning and using a Rib. purchasing advice and accounts form those who have recently purchased or upgrading. Advice on repairing, from the puncture to the full re-build. Training and safety advice with input form those who conduct training and the RNLI and others who clear up the mess when it all goes wrong. Trailing and the best places to launch, with articles from people who have actually used the slips and marinas and can offer the practical advice will all need, like when can it really be used and the location of the nearest toilet. Rib outings and cruises, clubs and organisations. articles about actually getting the boat out on the water and using it. Picture diaries from cruises and holidays. Updates on best practice and legislation. advice from those who have gone on to be commercially qualified to either use or train, the process, the pit falls and the benefits. Accounts form different types of rib users, family fun use, dive use, exploring.
The list is endless.
Sounds very interesting, especially if you are willing to send issues overseas at a reasonable cost.
Please be inclusive of the higher end SIBS as well as RIBs.
Please have some allowance for international scope, if the magazine is not overwhelming focused on things that are exclusively specific to UK users (the highlighted part, for example), I would be very interested. I think an emphasis on non-model-specific things such as how-tos & trip reports with high quality large photos would be fantastic.
Any product reviews on boats, motors and accessories should be brutally honest and focused on function & durability (rather than blathering about whether the colour coding of the deck cushions clashes with the sponsons & other such tripe). One UK based RIB magazine that I have seen (& have a few copies of) comes across more like a manufacturers advetorial showcase for the jetset.
Product reviews should not only cover features and performance, but long term durability & reliablity following very heavy, rugged use, and ease of serviceability.
I want to see lots of pictures old battered boats with multiiple patches that are still seeing regular heavy useage and fewer pictures of sundecks.
More scars & less shiny, please.