Originally Posted by gotchiguy
Isn't a RIB like what we would nowadays call a SIB? I remember that chap from Humber had a good 3 stage definition on here.. I think that he put it that technically:
A SIB is an inflatable boat with a soft floor or air floor hull type thing
A RIB is an inflatable boat with a solid floor something like a Zodiac Futura thingymabob with an aloominum floor
And finally a RHIB is a solid hull with an inflatable collar round the edge like that what we call a rib...
Nope. A SIB is an inflatable which may have a floppy floor, a rollaway floor, an air deck, or removable floorboards. It may have a solid floor, but doesn't have a solid hull.
A RIB is a boat with a solid hull and inflatable tubes. A bit like what we'd call a RIB.
I agree that a "rigid inflatable boat" isn't really a good term for modern RIBs, as they are definitely more rigid than inflatable. Calling them RHIBs isn;t the answer though - it's an ugly word only used by Americans who don't know any better.
I'll be back in a bit with a proper answer about the magazine stuff . . .