Jeroen Wats, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at ExoTechnologies wrote this inspiring article on LinkedIn. Published here with permission.
The Future of Glass Fibres
March 27, 2023
Spreading news, creating awareness, awareness which leads to concern and concern which leads to action. We are on a pathway of changes. That is positive right? But how far are we…?
Recycling composites is a topic which grows attention and it is absolutely great news that some big yacht builders and wind turbine manufacturers are jumping on the recyclability aspect for their products in order to be “guilt free”.
So… are these developments “ground breaking”, “greenwashing”, or maybe something in the middle?
For an article on RIBs smaller than 4 meter worldwide, I thought ChatGPT could be of some assistance. If you’re not familiar with this conversational AI-tool, check out this page.
While the trend in the world of fantastic Rigid Inflatable Boats is leaning towards larger sizes, the “smaller” ones remain necessary, making entry into this world more accessible.
So 4 meter was my parameter number 1.
Will ChatGPT help me to provide a full list of RIBs smaller than 4 meters (great video by the way).
I started with a lot of enthusiasm and ran my query multiple times, adapting it to get the desired result.
I noticed that it was a mix of brands that differed from each other to a lesser extent. So I began to worry about the precision of the ChatGPT neural network even in this stadium.
Only when I pointed out that some information was incorrect did the tool excuse itself and provided more accurate information about RIBs smaller than 4 meter. That was awesome.
So I still had to “correct” the items in the list and added the links myself.
I learned that the formulation of the question must be very clear to get what you want. It’s like working with software developers.
It certainly wasn’t all doom and gloom; I really enjoy(ed) working with ChatGPT, albeit with some nuances in the answers. Privacy, safety, and copyright are certainly things to be aware of!
I really liked being able to have a conversation to delve deeper into the subject matter of RIBs smaller than 4 meter. This concept motivated me to keep going and achieve better results; in contrast to Google, for example.
That said, below is a 10-item list of RIBs smaller than 4 meter of worldwide brands.
RIBs ONLY member Mårten Danielsson from Sweden contributes with the history of the now dissolved Scandinavian Inflatable boat Club which was active between the years 1988-2004.
He also translated previous articles that are interesting historically or other RIB stuff that is constantly current for which I’m very grateful. I am convinced that this is a really good idea to “secure” all this knowledge and hope you enjoy it too. The floor is yours, Mårten!
A little history about the Scandinavian Inflatable boat Club …
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.