Interesting conversation about pacing, and i'd agree it's the best way for RIB to Hardboat in the rough but..
Originally Posted by timboli
Is there any reccomended way of doing this in biggerseas?
RIB to RIB.
In my experience you can't go alongside at even slow speeds when it's very rough with 2 RIBs unless they have very similar hulls and tube heights, otherwise you're putting your tubes at risk. We have two boats at work, (SR4.7 and tornado 4.6) and you can put the tornado tube under the SR tube at anything above about 5 knots, because they ride so differently. Any real wave height and that's not so good!
Surley, if it's calm enough to put the boats hard alongside each other, then any means of doing it is the same, whether you use the engine to hold them together (pacing) or ropes, the load on your tubes will be similar, and depend on how well the two boats match up to each other, the wave hiehgt and how well you can keep them head to wind.
If it's rougher than that then it's interesting!