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Is This The End of Towing Your RIB?

I need a new future oriented car to tow my RIB. But it’s a big problem nowadays due to new regulations.

Soon I have to part from my 4×4 Nissan Patrol GR 3.0 D because of the emission standards. It has a Euro 3 emission class. But it stil does what it’s made for. Do I really have to sell it? There are so many grateful memories …

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Why a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) is Quite Expensive

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“Owning a RIB is investing in quality time I so long for.”- Karel Overlaet

Rigid inflatable boats have become, over the last couple of years, the preferred choice not only for marine professionals but also for those that take boating as a leisure activity. There are a plethora of reasons for this; the boat comes with a myriad of benefits.

For many years now I own a single outboard RIB. As a journalist I sailed many motor boats and RIBs. I aways had the most fun in RIBs. The feeling of “flying” over the waves is really extraordinary! It’s a kick I can’t get enough of.

That being said, one cannot help but inquire why these Rigid Inflatable boats, ostensibly referred to by their abbreviation “RIBs”, as expensive. They cost more than the “ordinary” boat, but why exactly is that. The answer to this question can be found in the nuances of the RIBs, from the construction to their operations.

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How to Maintain a RIB Top-Notch

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Take your time to maintain your RIB. It’s worth it.

To keep a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) functioning and looking new for many years, you need to take proper care and maintenance. Perhaps you enjoy frequent RIB rides on saltwater.

With some extra care, you will maintain its performance and quality. How to maintain a RIB top-notch is not that difficult.

When you buy a RIB, part of the after-sale service should incorporate how to care for the boat and ways that can impact its longevity.

It is not a rigorous process that consumes hours of your time. On the contrary, it is about consistent maintenance.

In this article, I will cover 5 main tips to care for your RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat).

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Why I Had to Buy a Second Cobra Handheld VHF Radio

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My two Cobras

Arriving in Arradon (Brittany, France) everything was ready to go out and enjoy RIBbing in the Morbihan and further out. A super spot. We’re June 2021.

Before boarding I was checking my bag for the charger of the VHF radio on the right (Cobra MR HH325 which is a very solid and a very good one), I turned red from shame to behind my ears: I had forgotten the charger at home.

At that moment I never realised I knew so many languages.

What do to now?

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The Fun of Owning a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB)

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Dokos island – © Panos Lazanos

Rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) are very popular amongst families and individuals.

They are versatile and can be used for various leisure activities such as fishing, speed boating, taking day trips or weekends and even wakeboarding or water skiing.

The fun of owning a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB)RIB is truly fantastic!

I had splendid times with my wife and kids in our family RIB for many years, powered by a Suzuki 140 hp. We took our Labrador along as well. The funny thing is that he wanted to jump overboard every time he saw a buoy, barking and swaying his tail.

Owning a RIB is fun and rewarding because they’re entertaining boats and you have a lot of satisfaction.

These boats are sometimes high-speed and can cope with challenging sea conditions which is why they are often used to rescue people from the water.

Recreational RIBs come in a variety of sizes and are trailerable up to 3.5 tons (in my country, Belgium) or 7716 lb. Others weigh much more than that, are too wide and thus are no longer trailerable.

If you’re into buying a RIB, I have good news for you: out there is one especially for you. Find it! Pop your questions in our Facebook group. Get some idea of what used RIBs cost in RIBs ONLY Sales.

Let’s look at why owning a RIB is fun for the whole family.

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The 4 Basic Marine Knots You Should Know

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As a skipper, crew member or just a sailor, you simply can’t ignore the importance of tying a knot.

Just as every boat owner must learn how to dock a boat and anchoring a boat, I can say that knot tying is an essential skill that comes in handy while saving lives, moving cargo, mooring, securing loads and in so many other situations. I use these knots all the time on the water.

I know that boating knots is not a skill that many boaters are familiar with as they begin and I can’t blame them. Who’s telling them what to know about knots when buying a RIB (or any motorboat).

There are many marine knots, hundreds, each with a dedicated function, although others are versatile enough to be used in more than one situation.

When I mastered a few of these essential knots, it’s all you need to make your sailing not just safer but also more accessible.

Remember, it’s always best to putter before you hit the waters. Mastering these four basic marine knots will prove indispensable for every mooring, anchoring, voyage and every boat owner or crew member should be aware of. 

I added some videos to visualise the making ot the knots. Here we go!

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1,500 Posts with 1,400 videos on RIBsONLY.com

A small celebration is at its place. I posted 1,500 posts on RIBsONLY.com since it went live on May 1st 2017. Of these 1,500 posts 94% are well selected RIB videos I thought might be of interest to you.

I thank every member that enjoys our Facebook group as well. We have at the moment 13,407 members and the group is still growing.

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