Originally Posted by codprawn
The RNLI have obviously got it all wrong - I mean - ANY old 22' open boat can go out in a force 9............
You are getting it all mixed up, as a rescue craft, a rib is superb, in fact there are loads'a situations in which I agree that a rib is the perfect choice.
I'd even have one myself for certain jobs ..
However, the 'usual drivel' that I find so funny, is about sea keeping, especially when it's with reference to going fast, and how in a rib, you never have to throttle back, coz they're so incredible in a big sea.
WOT, you never have to slow down in a rib, they're so good! ....yeah right.
I think there have been some good points made on this thread, in particular, the one about getting swamped in a small-ish open hard boat being un-recoverable, obviously pretty true, and assuming your toob don't fall orf, and you've got 'E trunks', your rib will get you out of that situation with little effort.
so, if your idea of rough water ability is based on loloping through a massive sea, very slowly, with the possibility of getting swamped a real one, an unsinkable boat has to be the right tool.
My experience of the rib community however, is that a huge majority don't go out in weather any worse than most hard boaters, and people who go out in these horrid conditions, and use their ribs in the ways spoken about on here, are a tiny minority! I guess they just like the association with the macho perception of 'emergency services'.
A well respected ribnet member has said to me on more than one occasion, most ribbers are 'wannabe lifeboatmen', with a desperate need for association with the 'rescue services', all the safety kit, three radios, ten epirbs, 15 spare engines, chocolate rations, bowie knives, crash helmets, a liferaft with it's own liferaft, etc, etc, there's summat odd about the average ribbers mindset, especially as the majority don't even go out in the 'real' rough.
So Codders, Ramsgate was the roughest race this year so far, really quite snotty, so which boat type set the highest average speed? (by a long way)
was it the near 30 foot pascoe rib, no, was it Cookees pretty large (25-26' ??) rib, no, although he did do very well versus the 'sprint type' hard monos.
Actually, it was a 24' hard mono, in fact, had the alternator not failed on Mark Preistly's one (he retired, leaving another identical boat to win, albeit a fair bit slower than he'd been going) his average would probably have been getting on for twice that of the big ribs.
How can this be possible without the 'magic toobs'?....a fluke maybe
Why is it you lot can't just love your ribs for what they ARE good at, instead of wanting to live in this 'there aint nothing like a rib' world, fuelled with all this macho bollix?
I can accept that there are many jobs where a rigid inflatable is the best tool, why can't you lot accept that there are plenty of situations where a fragile, limited life expectancy, wet riding, easy to fall out of, very exposed, and generally over priced 'rib', aint the right tool?