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Old 18 July 2007, 01:26   #1
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Why do we (you) RIB?

Hi all I am new to ribbing - but not new to boating - I had a 27' express crusiers a few years back. Got tired of paying the moorage fee and the fact that it was a bit too large to be trailerable (by my truck).

This time around I wanted something smaller and trailerable - a "day boat". Something that I can pull out of the water, park and work on it in my own driveway. As well as the ability to tow it to a lake 500 miles away and splash it.

I looked at the typical fiberglass runabouts also but I decided on a RIB. I bought a Novurania. I like the way a RIB looks and that was my sole reason for the decision. But having discovered this forum, I see that there is a large group of RIBBERs out there and I am curious as to why you guys also like RIBs as opposed to, say, fiberglass boats?

Does a RIB handles better? Is it safer? Is it more nimble? Is it more rugged? Is it considered more "hip"? What are YOUR reasons for a RIB?
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Old 18 July 2007, 03:39   #2
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For me it's one word - ability. I used to have similar-sized sportsboats and all seemed to be more suited to inshore/lake/estuary use. As I do my boating off the coast of Ireland I need something that can handle the conditions I encounter. For the size boat that suits me (6-7m) only a rib can get the job done.
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Old 18 July 2007, 04:29   #3
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My one word answer is versitility. We cruise in it (Solent to Poole, RTI etc) we tow things (wakeboards, skis, ringos) we fish (badly) and we go to pubs by the shore! With young kids on board it is incredibly safe - even in the Solent you get waves that would swamp a similar sized speed boat.
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Old 18 July 2007, 05:10   #4
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Why do we like are ribs Cuz there just cool dude!

Also a rib is head and shoulders above any other small craft for sea keeping, what other small boat could you take 10 miles offshore, dive a wreck and then travel back in rapid fashion through a big sea, boat half full of water but still heading home safe and sound with a big smile on your face
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Old 18 July 2007, 08:12   #5
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Safety

From a sailing point of you, it is easier to rescue dinghy's with a rib and not having to worry about boats slamming into the side of you.

For my daughter she thinks of it as a giant inflatable and therefore feels that it is safe.

Oh - they are fun too
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Old 18 July 2007, 08:21   #6
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Does a RIB handles better? Is it safer? Is it more nimble? Is it more rugged? Is it considered more "hip"? What are YOUR reasons for a RIB?
Are you kidding, a big squidgy thing that's a bit of a goer
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Old 18 July 2007, 08:26   #7
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RIBs are so popular in Britain becuase they were invented(probably) here specifically for our conditions. They were first developed at Atlantic College in Wales to cope with shallow seas and Atlantic storms.

Avon inflatables are built about 1 mile away from my home port - probably one of the most dangerous stretches of water anywhere.

Bow rider speedboats with flat bottoms just don't stand much of a chance around here. Boats with deeper keels need to watch out for all the sandbanks. I really wouldn't want to go out in rough conditions in any other boat unless it's in nice deep water.
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Old 18 July 2007, 08:46   #9
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I have a rib and a landi (disco3 so not a REAL one). Still I suppose having a Ribeye also means in some of your eyes I don't have a proper rib either!!
They do go together well on the motorways though.

They are just the bizniz!!
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Old 18 July 2007, 08:49   #10
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I have a rib and a landi (disco3 so not a REAL one). Still I suppose having a Ribeye also means in some of your eyes I don't have a proper rib either!!
They do go together well on the motorways though.

They are just the bizniz!!
I think the Disco 3 is a brilliant machine. In fact I'd buy one except the road tax is going to be crippler very soon.
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