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Old 02 July 2022, 19:55   #1
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New to RIB but very scared!

Hi all, I am 45 and tomorrow my hubby and I are invited to travel to some nearby islands. We are actually considering buying one, so tomorrow is testing day-to get a feel so to say-but I am terrified and thinking to call it off.

Reasons? I guess it's part fear of the unknown along with my other types of anxiety.

1) I don't know how to swim! I will be wearing a life saver or a life vest and thinking of wearing even some inflatable arm thingies as well. I will look ridiculous, but at least safe if something bad happens.

2) I am worried about being seasick. I was puking from motion sickness as a kid but haven't puked anymore but since then take pills when flying or taking a ferry or boat. I have been OK on a hydrofoil with waves up to 1.60 meters (although I freaked out) but I fear with a RIB being lower I may suffer more!

It doesn't help that tomorrow the sea will be rough! 52 to 62 meter waves and winds of 29 kilometers an hour.

3) I am scared of dips like roller coaster rides (I don't even go on those for kids!) and from what I see, the RIB keeps bouncing up and down off the waves, and I worry this will bother me! How does that feel? Is like a merry go round? A bumpy road? Do they give you adrenaline rushes? I am scared of feeling that!

4) I am worried when they shut off the engines and my friends will go diving. I will be on the boat and it'll likely move a lot and I will feel helpless. As a child my mom used to put me on a swing and I would puke. So I think I have those bad memories that prevail as of today.

So lots of things! Doesn't help that I should keep stress levels low to due thyroid issues! What if all this stress causes me to feel sick in the middle of the sea?

I feel like going to make my hubby happy (he really loves boats!) and to overcome my fear, but just so many what ifs!!!!!!!!

I super appreciate all help I can get on this.
And if we do buy a RIB I would go out, but mostly when the sea is super flat and I know it wouldn't jump or move much!!
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Old 02 July 2022, 20:15   #2
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Old 02 July 2022, 21:17   #3
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So sorry, did I post somewhere wrong? I couldn't find a section where to post this? If so, please let me know and I 'll see if I can move this to another section.

Isn't this forum about RIBS? I am considering purchasing one.
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Old 02 July 2022, 21:37   #4
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Hi all, I am 45 and tomorrow my hubby and I are invited to travel to some nearby islands. We are actually considering buying one
Sorry my dear....this is a boating forum and not an estates agents. Maybe try purple bricks.

Edit Sorry I Just read the rest of the message.
But cant help as only got a sib, although some say to try ginger nuts.
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Hi all, I am 45 and tomorrow my hubby and I are invited to travel to some nearby islands. We are actually considering buying one, so tomorrow is testing day-to get a feel so to say-but I am terrified and thinking to call it off.
Which nearby islands are you going to on your friends RIB?
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Old 02 July 2022, 22:01   #6
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Sorry my dear....this is a boating forum and not an estates agents. Maybe try purple bricks.

Edit Sorry I Just read the rest of the message.
But cant help as only got a sib, although some say to try ginger nuts.
OMG, LOL! I meant to say buy a RIB! See, this is what anxiety does to me, more proof I shouldn't go!
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Old 02 July 2022, 22:02   #7
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Which nearby islands are you going to on your friends RIB?
The Egadi Islands.
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The Egadi Islands.
Egadi Islands in Italy are a long way from Arizona.
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..more proof I shouldn't go!


Au contrare, you should go from whence you came.
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Old 02 July 2022, 23:24   #10
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Egadi Islands in Italy are a long way from Arizona.
Yip ...I guess my ginger snaps might not be man enough for 62 meter waves traveling that distance!

My mom used to beat us with sticks, flush our heads down the toilet, then throw us in the field with the local farmers male cows!

Perhaps that’s why I suffer from severe anxiety and have complex phycological issues over bullshit and bullocks now
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Not so sure you have thought #1 through. What if a hungry shark comes along while you are floating around in the open sea after the boat has crashed into a stray iceberg and you try to climb up onto the iceberg only to realise there is a hungry polarbear which also can not swim but did not consider putting on life vest and arm rings like you before his lump of ice decided to escape to warmer waters? Maybe you also should put on some iron armor, you know, just in case?..
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Old 03 July 2022, 06:59   #12
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Hi all, I am 45 and tomorrow my hubby and I are invited to travel to some nearby islands. We are actually considering buying one, so tomorrow is testing day-to get a feel so to say-but I am terrified and thinking to call it off.

Reasons? I guess it's part fear of the unknown along with my other types of anxiety.

1) I don't know how to swim! I will be wearing a life saver or a life vest and thinking of wearing even some inflatable arm thingies as well. I will look ridiculous, but at least safe if something bad happens.

2) I am worried about being seasick. I was puking from motion sickness as a kid but haven't puked anymore but since then take pills when flying or taking a ferry or boat. I have been OK on a hydrofoil with waves up to 1.60 meters (although I freaked out) but I fear with a RIB being lower I may suffer more!

It doesn't help that tomorrow the sea will be rough! 52 to 62 meter waves and winds of 29 kilometers an hour.

3) I am scared of dips like roller coaster rides (I don't even go on those for kids!) and from what I see, the RIB keeps bouncing up and down off the waves, and I worry this will bother me! How does that feel? Is like a merry go round? A bumpy road? Do they give you adrenaline rushes? I am scared of feeling that!

4) I am worried when they shut off the engines and my friends will go diving. I will be on the boat and it'll likely move a lot and I will feel helpless. As a child my mom used to put me on a swing and I would puke. So I think I have those bad memories that prevail as of today.

So lots of things! Doesn't help that I should keep stress levels low to due thyroid issues! What if all this stress causes me to feel sick in the middle of the sea?

I feel like going to make my hubby happy (he really loves boats!) and to overcome my fear, but just so many what ifs!!!!!!!!

I super appreciate all help I can get on this.
And if we do buy a RIB I would go out, but mostly when the sea is super flat and I know it wouldn't jump or move much!!
I say go. You can always change your mind if things don't feel comfotable and ask your friend to go back. Who knows, you may enjoy the experience. Good luck.
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I think the OP was genuine and wanted some help and advice !
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Old 03 July 2022, 15:51   #14
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I think the OP was genuine and wanted some help and advice !


Feel free then.
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52 -62m waves would have me a bit worried as well tbh
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Old 03 July 2022, 16:10   #16
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52 -62m waves would have me a bit worried as well tbh


That’s nowt compared to The Solent Chop
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I think the OP was genuine and wanted some help and advice !
Well I'd be well knackered driving from Huachuca City in Arizona to Sicily Italy, so my advice would be "don't do it"
Also I have a few friends in the states (yes I do have some friends) and not one of them would say "metres" or " kilometres"
Could be wrong, but.................
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Sounds like a bit of a Big Plumb to me ……
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Sounds like a bit of a Big Plumb to me ……
But which bit? Sounds like someone has been reading too much mumsnet……
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I understand your angst. Take no notice of the snippy comments. I'll probably get loads after sending this to you.

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