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Karel Overlaet - medianaut
Me during a photoshoot in Florida – photo by my good friend and maestro photographer Stephane Gamelin

Maybe you’re wondering: “Who’s behind RIBs ONLY?” Well, here is my story.

For years I have been boating from sport sailing boats to RIBs to large motor yachts. In all these experiences, the RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) has become a true passion of mine. I like it a lot for many reasons. Hence the reason I blog about RIBs on RIBsONLY.com.

In the past – when I was a little boy – I often sailed on board a 470 sailing boat with friends.  No competition just for fun. Then came the study time and I had to wait to boat again till the moment I got married.  Soon two daughters completed our family.

After selling our 420 sailing boat – the daughters didn’t like it at all – we had to look for something else. “Something with an engine, daddy”.

Along came the dinghy

We bought a dinghy – a Suzumar – with a 4-hp two-stroke Suzuki outboard. This dinghy fitted deflated perfectly into the trunk of the car as did the outboard. I had a small dismountable beach trailer as well. We were able to transport our Suzumar from the camping site to the sea without problems. During many summers we had a ball!

But our daughters grew up and soon our 3.20 m rubber boat become too small, especially since we had a Labrador as well. We definitively had to look for something bigger to keep on boating safely.

Time to level up

We decided to buy a RIB. It was an Italian BSC 612 powered by a 140 hp 4-stroke Suzuki outboard engine. We transported all this on a single axle Riba trailer. Now the girls loved the speed and the turns. The wind, the waves … we really had a good time.

Our Suzuki powered RIB BSC61 on a Christmas trip with sportbotenforum.nl
Our Suzuki powered RIB BSC61 on a Christmas trip with sportbotenforum.nl

When the daughters left the parental home to find their own way in life, we were usually two on board, my wife and I. Our favorite playground is Brittany, France. We know our route from Belgium to Arradon by heart. It has become our second home, so to speak.

My lovely wife and me on our RIB in Brittany, France

Medianaut

Over the years I have also been sailing motorboats and RIBs for a while. I am a nautical journalist and photographer (Medianaut). That is how I got to know a lot of different boats that each had their own characteristics. Photographing has been in my blood from an early age thanks to my father and grandfather. I specialized in photographing boats in action and especially powerboats. Building some sites dedicated to my passions was the logical next step. If you like, check out my work at medianaut.be.

RIBbing for Autisme

Recently we started planning project Horizon with my npo “Varen voor Autisme”. We take families with kids/youngsters that have an autisme disorder along in a RIB for a unforgettable “voyage” at sea. All for free. In this way we hope to give something back to society.

So now you know my story.

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Karel Overlaet is a family man, Business Development Manager, creator of bingel (European market leading e-learning platform), owner of Medianaut, chairman Varen voor Autisme vzw (npo), nautical journalist and photographer, passionate about RIBs. karel@medianaut.be – Berchem – Belgium
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