Originally Posted by codprawn
When I see RIBs landing off waves they are almost always stern heavy. In some cases I can quite understand why - passenger carrying boats when unladen for example.
Surely its better for the boat to be a little stern heavy than nose heavy. Nose heavy and your going to get loads of stuffs. And stern landing first seems to take out a lot of the jarring or slamming on my boat.
The problem is when a boat has been really badly designed. I know of one such boat who's owner won't admit it (He's not on RIBNET though), and although he has only two single jockeys on a 6.5 meter RIB anyone else has to sit or stand in line with the consol or in front of it. Its just a disaster waiting to happen.
Most boats are adequately designed its just that someday someone is gonna get caught out. Lets face it this is the first capsize mentioned on RIBNET for quite some time so it doesn' t happen often, thank God.
Lets all try and learn from it and that we and our boats are all fallible.
My advice when the waves are big is slow down, I know its not RIB like, and weave through the waves, which is hard work on the arms and hands.
At the end of the day although those guys capsized their RIB I bet they are glad they had a RIB to sit on with its tubes giving all that bouyancy.
Shame about the damage that has probably been caused to the engine and electronic systems.