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This blog is devoted to the Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB). Why RIBs?

PASSION FOR RIBs

I’ve always been fascinated by the Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB). Their form, style, lay-out, toughness, seaworthiness and sportive way of navigating are the unquestionable advantages you’ll rarely find combined in another type of boat.

TYPE OF RIBs

This type of boat is also known as the 4 x 4 of the sea. Rescue services, military, police, port staff often use RIBs because of their excellent behavior, seaworthiness and solidity. Other RIBs are fitted for pleasure, fishing and racing. A RIB is indeed a very special type of motorboat. Know what to look for when buying a RIB.

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Now what’s a RIB …

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Fatal Accident with a Fast RIB – a Survivor Testifies

May 5, 2013, an entire family was catapulted from a RIB (source RYA and MAIB). The 8 m RIB, powered by a 300 hp engine, sailed at high speed with 6 people on board (2 adults and 4 children) at Camel Estuary next to Padstow in Cornwall, UK.
After the people were thrown out of the boat, the uncontrolled RIB ran over the drowning people several times.
Unfortunately, 2 people were killed and 2 seriously injured.

The engine cut-out ‘kill cord’ mechanism was not activated as it had not been attached to the driver.

The above-mentioned MAIB report once again confirms that in the event of a fatal accident, an extensive investigation follows with all possible parties involved (seller of the boat, sailing school, constructor, etc.).

This speedboat accident left Victoria Milligan coping with grief, supporting her surviving children and adjusting to life with a disability. She says: “I now tick boxes, which I could never have dreamed of: widow, trauma victim, amputee and bereaved mother.”

Her husband Nick and eight year old daughter Emily were killed and Victoria lost her left leg below the knee.

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RIB SRMN-600 COMILO -Zodiac Milpro Official

Zodiac Milpro™ SRMN boats were originally built for military use. Their hulls are reinforced to take the maximum G forces that are applied when fully loaded and powered at maximum speed. These Sea Rib™ are simple, functional, and tough.

The collar is a heavy-duty CSM / neoprene with Zodiac Milpro™ special intercommunicating valves. The total deck area is open and reinforced allowing installation anywhere of our wide range of steering consoles, bolsters, and other equipment.

SRMN boats heavy-duty buoyancy tube is also available with Durarib™ technology.

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RIB Ribco Seafarer 33

Seafarer 33 is filling the gap between the Seafarer 36 and R 28. Our target was to combine the characteristics of those two models.
From the one side the Luxury, comfort and offshore abilities of the Seafarer 36 and from the other the athletic style and flexibility of the R 28.
Produced exclusively with outboard engines can be fitted with a single outboard of 350 Hp to even 2×350 Hp for the enthusiasts of speed.

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The making of GEMINI WR880 RIB – A RIBs ONLY Exclusive!

RIBs ONLY GEMINI WR880

The making of a GEMINI WR880 RIB – A RIBs ONLY Exclusive!

Amongst the many RIB brands, GEMINI is positioned as a commercial RIB. These heavy duty RIBS are built in Cape Town, South Africa, sinds 1979. They’re built to last. So is this RIB GEMINI WR880.

Gemini Marine has been the sole provider to the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) of South Africa for rescue craft from 4 meter to 8.5 meter Cabin class operating along the rugged South African coastline since 1984.

Gerhard Neethling, Global Sales & Marketing at GEMINI

RIBs ONLY got an exclusive look behind the scenes how the RIB GEMINI WR880 is built (look here at the finished RIB). Some steps in the process have been omitted for trade secret reasons. This is not strange.

As a nautical journalist, I visited several shipyards. In every company I was not allowed to photograph or write about certain things for the same reason.

Many thanks go to:

  • GEMINI Marine’s Tech Director & Founder Jeff Stephens
  • Gerhard Neethling, Global Sales & Marketing
  • Henning Blaauw, Chief Operations Officer
  • And also to all the other employees for doing such a great job!

RIBs ONLY also wants to thank Arjen Maan, Company Director of novi marine in the Netherlands, importer and distributor of GEMINI RIBs.

After reading this article if you’re interested in buying a RIB that suits your needs, let this article inspire you.

I hope you enjoy this well documented article of how a RIB GEMINI WR880 is built. Here we go!

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