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Old 18 January 2003, 16:37   #1
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What rib

Hi this is my first post, I want to buy a rib about 5.5 m long I intend using the rib to go out with two other girls from college to take photographs and monitor seals in the Irish sea,will we get very wet in a rib and are wet suits a good idea,do people normally wear hats or helmets to keep hair dry while out on a boat.Is there anywhere on the web where there are examples of 5.5m long boats suitable to carry three or four persons and a limited amount of gear, are female drivers of boats viewed negativly as wemon drivers are thanks guys Jordan
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Old 18 January 2003, 16:47   #2
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First of all, welcome! You should find answers to any questions right here.

Have a browse through the boats for sale section on the main site and keep an eye on the RIBs for sale section of the forum, you might be able to find something suitable there.

Drysuits are more common than wetsuits, as they keep you dry. Under the drysuit, wear layers to keep you warm. You could wear hats if you wanted, as they would also provide thermal protection, or you could look into Gecko helmets for the impact and face protection too.

If you want to be carrying 3 or 4 people and only a small amount of kit, it could be worth looking for a boat with jockey seats for 4 people, much more comfortable than bench seats or sitting on the tubes. Again, keep an eye out for second hand RIBs that can offer what you want.

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Old 18 January 2003, 16:48   #3
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Old 18 January 2003, 17:01   #4
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You have come to the correct place for advice on ribs.

My bit of advice would be to go on a powerboat level 1 and 2 course. I have been around boats since I was a kid and I still went on a course after buying my first rib. Both me and my wife found it really useful and it was no bother for her even though she was a woman driver!!

Give you a good taste of ribbing as well for relatively little money.

All the best for your ribbing career

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Old 18 January 2003, 17:02   #5
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At least your trying,eee Narked get a boat soon you need to get out there and work off all that knowledge.
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Old 18 January 2003, 17:05   #6
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Welcome Jordan.

What Nessy has said is good advice,be carfull on bying a none ce marked rib second hand,or a commercial workboat.See thread Codeing.
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I don't have my own boat yet, but I do use em. We don't swim out to all the dive sites yknow!

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Glad to here it youd be Nark,ed if you did
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Old 19 January 2003, 05:31   #9
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Typical woman worried about getting her hair wet!! But seriously Jordan WELCOME to the site. As others have said there are lots of threads with the information you want I'm sure. If not just ask away.
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Re: What rib

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,will we get very wet in a rib and are wet suits a good idea,
A dry suit is pobably better than a wet suit.

In a dry suit you wear clothes underneath and you stay completly dry. A wet suit on the other hand lets water in.
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