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Old 19 January 2009, 19:00   #1
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Thoughts of RIBBING

Couldn't find an old thread with this type of ideas about RIBBING.

I'm wondering for a while now, why enjoying watersports with RIB's is still not very well known, at least imho here in Holland.
To be honest, before I came on this forum I had no idea of all the different possibilities in RIBBING. And I've been in watersports all my life.
Somewhere it looks a bit like motorbikes 20 years ago, again at least here in Holland, there wasn't much with motorbikes and a club, or all kinds of special personally adjusted models were very rare. And now there are a lot more.

So it looks like RIBBING is getting closer to a bigger part of the people in the country. Like biking or tuning up your car, it's getting "way of life" which is becoming more populair.
We have a few commercial RIBBERS in Holland, at least one of them is here on this forum, and for the second year we have the international RIB rally.

Judging by the big amount of UK people input on this forum, RIBBING is quite ahead in the UK in comparisson to Holland. And exactly that is what I find strange, since Holland has an enourmas amount of people enjoying watersports, we have a lot of water here......

What are your ideas on this perspective?


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Old 20 January 2009, 07:33   #2
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Well we did invent them!!!

Britain is an island where you are never more than 70 miles from the sea and we have massive tides so RIBs are ideal.

I think Avon has had a lot to do with it - they are based in Wales and most people's idea of an inflatable boat here is an Avon.

We get some very bad weather and some very nasty seas but then again so does Holland.

They make some pretty good RIBs in your country now - like the Arie Visser Class lifeboats

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Old 20 January 2009, 11:01   #3
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Originally Posted by Vintec View Post
.... since Holland has an enourmas amount of people enjoying watersports, ...
....Well it made me chuckle, anyway
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Old 20 January 2009, 11:11   #4
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....Well it made me chuckle, anyway
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Old 20 January 2009, 11:57   #5
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For many years now you see RIBs in Holland. Not on the lakes in Friesland or elswhere. But on the Waddenzee, het IJsselmeer, de Oosterschelde, de Westerschelde, de North Sea. De big rivers like de Waal, Merwede, etc. You won't find them where most of the people 'do' their watersports.

I'm in RIBbing for 10 years now and take my boat all over Europe. From de Mediterrarean Sea to the North Sea. Met a lot of enthousiasts from all countries.
We have meetings, go out camping, organise trips, even to the Ribex.
You wan't recognise RIBbers in the streets, you have to look for them and one day you'll find them..

I went for RIBbing because I'd like to go on the water all of the time. And not just when the weather lets me.
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Old 20 January 2009, 12:10   #6
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Stand at the back of the class and stop sniggering until you're prepared to explain that comment young man.
Some like minded adults like to participate in watersports, they enjoy it so much they even have colour systems. Golden is the most used and we wont get into bronze..................

Sorry Mark, I have to say I think Cod has nailed it

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