High Speed Boat Operations (HSBO) 2021 Recap

Setup of HSBO

This biennially event, HSBO, offers a mixture of theory and practice, with world-class presentations, social networking events and boat trials of up to 35 of the best boats built, at full speed at sea, as well as literate discussions relating to all aspects of boat operations.

Sharing of practical experiences and demonstrations of various new equipment and routines are key elements of HSBO Forum.

Delegates include leaders of many professional agencies operating high-speed boats around the world, procurement & acquisitions officials, boat operators, naval architects, engineers, scientists, and boat builders.

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Ullman’s Approach to Get Cockpits Fit for Task

Ullman at HSBO

CEO Carl Magnus Ullman from Ullman Dynamics gave an impressive scientifically based presentation on the HSBO 2018 about the importance of mitigation seats in combination with consoles.

Preventing injuries is the ultimate goal.

The outcome of their thorough research applies to us all, whether you are a pro or a pleasure boater, tall or small.

I’m nearly 2 m and weigh about 96 kg and I must say that during all my testing of motorboats I never encountered a “body safe” place behind the console. Mass production has the upper hand.

Ullman Dynamics range @ RIBs ONLY - Home of the Rigid Inflatable boat
Ullman Dynamics range 2022

No wonder why their product stands out of the competition and I’m not just saying that because they’re a Friend of RIBs ONLY.

They are scientifically proven to provide better shock mitigation than any other seats. That’s why their product sets the ultimate benchmark and the standard.

I know for certain that some of you here know how important serious seats are for the health on short but especially on long term and being able to perform the job in rough seas, day after day. Sometimes at high speeds…

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GEMINI’s Best Selling RIB: WR880

GEMINI's Best Selling RIB: WR880 @ RIBs ONLY - Home of the Rigid Inflatable Boat
GEMINI’s Best Selling RIB: WR880 @ RIBs ONLY – Home of the Rigid Inflatable Boat

The Patrol-, Rescue-, Leisure- or Commercial- … the International best selling model is the @geminimarineboats WR880 according to GEMINI Marine.

“It has proven itself time and time again with our loyal customer base.”

As you can see in the photos, the layout is designed for the special purposes.

Proud to share that novi marine and GEMINI Marine are good Friends of RIBs ONLY.

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Humber Assault 4.3 m RIB

Even though it’s a small Humber RIB, it looks very impressive! It does credit to its assaultive look and feel.

I’ve published more Humber videos here.


Length (m)4.3
Beam (m)2.0
Tube Diameter (m)0.46
Boat Weight Approx (kg)190
Max Load (kg)635
Max Persons (kg/no)450/6
Max Outboard HP (single/twin)50
Max Engine Weight105
RCD RatingC
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SRA-900 OB Piloting Training Zodiac Milpro

Zodiac Milpro’s team of experts will train pilots to optimize the use of the Rigid Inflatable Boat.

Level 1: Seamanship Basic Piloting – How to safely pilot your boat until sea state through basic breakdown.

Level 2: Tactical Piloting – Boarding, beaching, capsizing, towing day and night in rough water.

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7.6 m Aluminium Navy RIB by ASIS

RIBs are versatile as you can read here and here. It’s no wonder professionals choose use a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB), like those used by police, the navy, SAR (check this out), customs and maritime staff.

It’s also a great ‘tool’ for heavy duty operations as well.

Nigeria is in the market for a new 7.6 m Aluminum ASIS RIB. This vessel can quickly and efficiently respond to emerging national security threats as they arise.

This RIB has D-tubes installed in favour of more deck space.

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Zodiac Hurricane ZH-940 Yamaha Powered

Considered one of the finest RIBs on the planet, the Zodiac Hurricane range are the only boats used by discerning operators who need ruggedness and reliability.

Zodiac Milpro has more than 20,000 boats in daily use by over 80 military forces across the globe.

RIBs combine rigidity and speed with the security, stability, comfort and light weight qualities of traditional boats.

True “go anywhere” boats, they provide exceptional marine qualities combining a low centre of gravity to a deep V hull and a stabilizing buoyancy tube.

The patented MACH II (Military Air Channeled Hull II) hull design reduces resistance and enhances directional stability for increased speed, fuel economy and safety.

The hull is the most important part of the RIB.

Zodiac Hurricane offers high-speed RIBs since 1982. For more info follow this link.

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Zodiac Hurricane ZH-1300 OB GDF – Zodiac Milpro Official

On board the Zodiac Hurricane ZH-1300 Interceptor Guardia di Finanza, powered with 4 x 425hp outboards, it can reach a top speed of an impressive 60 knots.

The Zodiac Hurricane boats are particularly adapted to the mission profiles: safety and security, surveillance missions, boarding, assault, interdiction, pursuit, etc.

Their design is also particularly adapted to ride in difficult sea conditions and to board regularly all kinds of boats, for example for Police control missions, with long-lasting durability RIBs.

The advantages of Zodiac Hurricane RIBs to fulfil these missions are:

  • Extreme ruggedness
  • High-performances
  • Directional stability and predictability
  • Large diameter buoyancy tube
  • Ergonomics and custom design for a specific operation

The quadruple outboard petrol engine of this ZH-1300 provides maximum acceleration and maneuverability to meet the requirement of the versatile operations to be fulfilled by the boats.

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SEAWORK Marine Exhibition 2022

SEAWORK Marine Exhibition 2022 @ RIBs ONLY - Home of the Rigid Inflatable Boat
SEAWORK Marine Exhibition 2022 @ RIBs ONLY - Home of the Rigid Inflatable Boat

Designed with a focus on the needs of everyone involved in high-speed, search and rescue, security, border force and fast transfer vessels, Seawork is designed to make all those who works on the sea more efficient. The event will be held on Monday 20 June 2022.

09:30 – 17:30 Tuesday 21 June 
09:30 – 17:30 Wednesday 22 June
09:30 – 16:00 Thursday 23 June

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