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Old 04 July 2005, 09:45   #1
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RIB 'Bursts' on BBC's 'Top Gear'

So here we had it typical Top Gear entertainment (ie not much to do with cars or motoring) 2 presenters set off by Ferry from UK East Coast to Kristensand and then powerboat to get to Oslo. Clarkson drives via belgium dennark sweden etc in McLaren SLR car.

The big powerboat was accompanied by a RIB possibly with camera crew for shots of the powerboat on route. The powerbaot fails - black smoke Kaput etc and they transfer to the RIB.

This was great in that RIB boats get very little coverage - and here it was on prime time TV assisting the short guy and the one with birds nest hair to complete their journey and beat Clarkson.

Then it Burst, they stuffed the bow into a wave and the front tube let go.

Was this right that it failed so easily? was it an old boat? Those with some knowledge may be able to say what boat it was - maybe our Norwegian friends can help on this one.

It was not just the tube that was deflated.... The reputation of the RIB as being seaworthy fell well short of the required mark.

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Old 04 July 2005, 10:15   #2
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Afternoon Paul,

just posted the same thing in 'Other stuff'

Dont think the RIB was old from what I seen, but then again it could just have been well looked after, as to the tube bursting so easily, well the seas they were in were very rough by any standards with big rolling waves that they were going into I think, and again even though you could hear the guy at the helm laying off on the throttle as they hit the waves they were hammering it up to Oslo, so thinking of the combination of speed and the seas thats probably a good combination to break the RIB although from where by the sounds of it they had the breakage the done wel to get it ashore

Absolute quality race though, car was a bit pricey mind you
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Old 04 July 2005, 10:27   #3
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The hardboat was a Goldfish 32 and the RIB was a Goldfish 29

www.goldfishboat.com

They also specialise in tuning Yanmars and making custom exhausts. They can tune the 300hp Yanmar to 370hp but they still run it on a Bravo One (I bet it was the drive that failed!!)

Nice console & bolsters though.
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Repeated on Thursday at 7pm (London region) in case you missed it like I did!
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You gotta watch it, only just to hear the sound from the DBR9
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You gotta watch it, only just to hear the sound from the DBR9

drrrrooool , waow, one of the best sounding tuned engines ever even my 6 month old son was glued to the tv at that point

But yeh if you missed that episode then its a must see.

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Then it Burst, they stuffed the bow into a wave and the front tube let go.
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Should have bought a big Redbay . I dont think it was the Leg going by the reek.
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Then it Burst, they stuffed the bow into a wave and the front tube let go.


No boat's indestructible I guess.

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But.....

...did it actually burst?, if they were piling it into waves as it looks like they were and getting a bit excited what with the TV coverage n'all, maybe the Pressure relief valve opened and expelled a lot of the air?

I must say, i thought the Yanmar sounded better than the DBR9!
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Missed this - really pissed off!!! MUSt try to catch the repeat - mate told me the Aston knocked 10 seconds off the fatest ever lap time!!!!

yes I was also rather miffed a RIB suffered a ruptered tube - just goes to show how pretty is not always the best when it comes to RIBs!!!

Think I will definitely use a stuffing strap on mine!!!
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