Originally Posted by MarkWildey
If your boat sinks is one reason?
Just cus you are in a RIB doesn't mean they don't sink.
Just ask Allan Priddy !!!
First off Mark we didn't sink!
My personal view is that with the number off seperate compartments within the tubes you would have to suffer a complete seperation of the tube from the boat to sink immediately. Or an explosion on board, which can be pretty catastrophic.
Although our boat was under water and the tube had seperated as far back to the wheelhouse. The bouyancy within the tubes kept us afloat long enough for the emergency services to arrive on scene.
My view is it comes down to personal choice, unless your boat is coded for commercial use; you do not have a choice.
I feel that a rib is one of the safetest craft on the water & can become one big liferaft when required.
I for one would not reguarly carry a liferaft unless I felt the risk assesment of the journey warrented it.
Survival Suits, Eperb's, Satalitie Communications & Flares are more user freindly. Please remember this is my own personal view and not that of any of the Crew from "Spirit".