Originally Posted by pathalla
Why would a rigid hull inflatable be less welcome than a conventional fiberglass boat? Why is it a problem for local users? Elaborate please...
Basically Gibralter is a fantastic place with great people who are so proud of being British - I love the place. Spain wants Gib back but the locals say no way. Because of this there is a lot of trouble between Gib and Spain. So much so the Spanish try to make life as difficult as possible - for example they only ever have 1 man on the border crossing who searches EVERY car - this means it takes about 4 hrs to go into or out of Gib. This is totally against EU law but the Spanish don't care.
Anyway Gib USED to have a fleet of very fast smuggling boats kept there by privateers - they used to run all sorts of produce from Morocco into Spain and Gib would turn a blind eye to it. Now realations are slightly better they have clamped down on the smuggling boats - so much so anything that is pretty quick has been banned or will be watched like a hawk.
Gib police have some nice Ribs though!!!
The runway is also the main road into Gibralter.