How to Launch Your RIB From a Trailer by Jon Mendez

Launch Your RIB Without Stress

Looking to make slipway work a hassle-free experience while out on the water?

Boating enthusiast and instructor Jon Mendez shares his comprehensive guide on how to successfully launch your boat from a trailer, taking away the stress associated with this task.

His guide covers all of the essential steps you need to take in order to ensure that your boat is safely launched and ready for your next adventure.


Retrospective 2022 How to Pass Big Waves

How to Pass Big Waves: a Special Skill

This video looks back on the year 2022. It’s about advanced courses to improve navigation in heavy seas from 3 to 5 Beaufort in the Raz de Sein, France.

OLM Perfectionnement Mer Formée” translates into the “OLM Advanced Training in Formed Sea”.

OLM stands for “Office de la Mer et des Littoraux,” which is a French organization that provides training for boaters who want to improve their skills and knowledge in navigating through rough waters, particularly in waves and choppy conditions.

In this way the trainee learns how to pass big waves. I’ve posted more videos for you to enjoy like here, here and here.

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How to Pass Big Waves

This training is designed for experienced boaters who already have a basic understanding of boating techniques and safety practices while minimising the risks of accidents and injuries.

It makes it relevant for those who navigate in coastal or offshore waters, where the sea conditions can be unpredictable and challenging.

If you listen carefully you can grab some tips and advice. It is in French though and the author did not active subtitles.

This video was published on the OLM Perfectionnement Mer Formée YouTube channel.

Is the SuperRIB Open 27 the Future?

SuperRIB Open 27 Rather Innovative?

The video is again a job well done!

But I’m going to be honest. Whenever I read such a statement, in this case the “RIB of the future?”, I am more sceptical than usual.

Maybe you feel that way too because what is the future and how do you predict it?

Perhaps it’s a somewhat unfortunate choice of words and probably one to name as a differentiator from the competition for this SuperRIB Open 27.

I prefer to stick to “innovative” like, for instance, the new Mercury 600 V12.

I recently had the opportunity to experience this technology on a twin installation on a massive Technohull Omega 47. It’s really something else. More on that in a forthcoming article.

Innovation can take place in several areas and these are not necessarily immediately apparent from the product.

I am referring, for example, to innovative processes during the building process of a RIB. Or the material used such as, DANU™, a 100% recyclable replacement for glass fibre.

By the way, DANU is already being used by Ultimate Boats which I witnessed last month in Glasgow, Scotland. That’s something to look forward to in my opinion.

Of course the SuperRIB Open 27 looks good and it seems to behave well (on a flat sea in the video). The video is informative and gives you a good first impression.

And as far I can see, a job well done by the Croatian based SuperRIB shipyard.

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The SuperRIB Open 27 drone view

But often it comes down to the same thing: comfort on board with the necessary “facilities” is the only thing that seems to count.

Too often that is the main selling point from the dealer especially for potential customers new to the boating world. Stating that the customer is not interested in more technical stuff is underestimating him.

I cannot stress enough that the hull is the most important part of any RIB, any boat and has to meet your expectations as good as possible. See here how the Gemini WR880 hull is being build.

In the responses of my anonymous survey on how long a RIB lasts (take it as well if you want),

I’ve sadly had to read disappointments about the RIB bought like “It was not what I expected it to be” and “I wouldn’t recommend it” and “No, I will not buy it again”

The reasons for this expensive bummer can be many things of course. But somewhere on the line information was not clearly specified enough by the customer or the dealer.

Every naval architect will tell you that every hull has its own purpose. Therefore in advance define your purpose very clear.

And so is the hull of this SuperRIB Open 27.

Need some guidance on this matter, this article will certainly help you: How to Buy a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) in 10 Thoughts.

Don’t get me wrong because the level of comfort might or will also be one of the deciding parameters for purchase.

The search for comfort on board is not a bad thing at all but you might have a different need on that than me, you see.

So, I woud really like to see the future of RIBs but until I have tied up a trustworthy future forecaster, I remain sceptical.



Impressive Learning Pass and Jump Waves Wind

How-to Pass and Jump Waves Safely

Many of us have probably been in a situation where the wind picked up and the sea was agitated; after all, you had checked the weather and sea conditions beforehand. There are a lot of good apps for that, by the way.

This video by “OLM Perfectionnement Mer Formée” shows a training session for advanced boat handling techniques in challenging seas.

The session took place in the Raz de Sein area of Brittany, France, and features a RIBCRAFT RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) with a single outboard.

he training includes techniques such as passage through waves and jumping over them, with the instructor demonstrating and providing guidance.

You should definitely watch this video as well.

The video was published on the OLM Perfectionnement Mer Formée YouTube channel.

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Learning Pass and Jump Waves

Cruise into the Cool RIB Boatshow at BMC March 2023

BMC organizes a RIB Boatshow on their premises to provide you with the best selection of Rigid Inflatable Boats from top brands, including Technohull, Salpa, Capelli, Osprey, Highfield, BSC and more.

A RIB boatshow of this scale is unique in Belgium and will take place from March 4 to 12, 2023.

No matter what size and power you need they will be able to help you out.

Would you like to buy a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) but you are not sure how or where to start? Let this article inspire you in 10 thoughts.

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Admire the new Defender amongst the many RIBs

Proud to share that Brugge Marine Center (BMC) is a good Friend of RIBs ONLY.

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