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Old 02 February 2010, 07:35   #1
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Short, wide and manoeverable

Looking for suggestions for a RIB for umpiring sail racing. Requirements:
  • Wide enough 2 people standing/sitting next to each other.
  • Good manoeverabliltiy
  • Quick to accelerate
  • Short - max 5 metres?
  • Minimum wash

Not needed:
  • High top speed

What would people suggest?
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Old 02 February 2010, 12:51   #3
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It would be good to know what sort of water you intend to do the racing on, Sea, Coastal, Estuary, rivers or lakes etc. Depth of V hull etc may change depending on sea state normally expected. Also would you be acting as a safety boat, so towing might be option/needed or recovery of boats/people. Or are you putting a start line on it etc
Loads of questions but it will help others make suggestions
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New or used? Budget?

you may find it a bit difficulty to get a RIB of that length, beamy enough to sit side by side.
I know the Ballistic has this layout in it's 5.5m format....
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I can highly recommend a Quicksilver 4.3m heavy duty SIB for this sort of thing.

You can fix seating down to the floor (if you are cunning).

Highly maneuverable, relatively wide compared to many RIBs of the same size and very sea worthy.
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Looking for suggestions for a RIB for umpiring sail racing. Requirements:
  • Wide enough 2 people standing/sitting next to each other.
  • Good manoeverabliltiy
  • Quick to accelerate
  • Short - max 5 metres?
  • Minimum wash

Not needed:
  • High top speed

What would people suggest?

You could always check out other yachting clubs on the internet and see what there using as safety boats.
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Old 02 February 2010, 13:22   #7
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At the risk of getting shot by my ribster colleagues, and especially if you operate on inland waters, I would look at a catamaran rib or even a Dory. If you don't need rough water ability these options will give you both room and stability
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Old 02 February 2010, 13:34   #8
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New or used? Budget?

you may find it a bit difficulty to get a RIB of that length, beamy enough to sit side by side.
I know the Ballistic has this layout in it's.5m format....
You should be able to do it if that is your only/main priority (e.g. this redbay 5.1 has side by side jockeys, albeit not at the console). And the internal beam on Humber Destroyers is constant across the 5-7 size range (int beam 1.22m) - and Bruce managed to fit side by side's on his (5.8): http://rib.net/forum/showpost.php?p=262714&postcount=90

On anything smaller than 5m though I suspect you'd struggle to get side by side jockeys with comfort between them. A bench seat might be an option then?

BUT with either a wide console and/or bench/double jockey's you'll be very restricted for movement in a 5m boat and I would suggest it would be a poor rescue boat if required to perform those duties (restricted access to move around boat and very litttle space for a casualty to lie down).
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Hi west kirby sailing club and they use 4 / 3.5 meter narwhal ribs with 15hp 4 strokes for umpiring and coaching and they have some 5 meter humbers for rescue boating and change overs during team racing. what west kriby dont know about team racing can be writen on the back of a stamp.
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It would be good to know what sort of water you intend to do the racing on, Sea, Coastal, Estuary, rivers or lakes etc. Depth of V hull etc may change depending on sea state normally expected. Also would you be acting as a safety boat, so towing might be option/needed or recovery of boats/people. Or are you putting a start line on it etc
Loads of questions but it will help others make suggestions
Solent and esturies. Generally not primary safety boat. Absolute max budget 15000 (I know RIBs can be not cheap, but I've no idea if this is Rolls Royce or Ford money for the type of boat I'm after??).
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