By Dag Pike

First inbuilt the Sixties for rescue paintings, the inflexible Inflatable Boat has revolutionised the marine marketplace. The entire RIB Manual, released to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the 1st RIB, is the last word reference catering all facets of a RIB's layout, dealing with and upkeep, aimed toward all proprietors and clients, either advertisement and rest. The emphasis of the publication is solely sensible, and covers:

1. A historical past of the RIB
• Early development
• smooth layout: rest, advertisement and military

2. RIB Handling
• influence of hull layout, tube forms, inner format and engines
• using thoughts: throttle keep watch over and using position
• complicated strategies for financial system, recreation and tough seas
• Cruising: making plans, climate, anchoring and communications
• RIBs as tenders - stowing and towing
• Launching and transportation
• safeguard and survival

3. Maintenance
• Outboards, diesels, water jets, stern drives, gas tanks and electrics
• Tube care: cleansing, fix, replacement
• Hull maintenance
• iciness garage, checking for leaks, servicing

The whole RIB Manual is a entire all over the world reference for all RIB vendors and clients, overlaying all of the info essential to deal with and preserve a RIB of any size.

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Petrol engines – either outboard or inboard – are the norm and keep the weight down, and these RIBs are fast enough for planing speed and make for exciting boating when used as stand-alone sports boats. 5 metres long. Water-jet propulsion is often used in conjunction with diesel power to create an exciting and flexible performer. These compact tenders are a great illustration of how RIB design has been developed and refined to meet a specific market requirement. RIBs developed into sophisticated sports boats Moving up the ladder, the dedicated RIB superyacht tender market is relatively new.

Small hovercraft RIBs have also been developed, mainly for leisure use, although they could find application as a ‘go anywhere’ craft for disaster and flood relief work. The hovercraft, with its inflated skirt, is to all intents and purposes a RIB, and its ability to make the transition from water to land and to operate over difficult terrain gives it a unique capability, although it does have limited ability in rough seas. The RNLI already operates small hovercraft as rescue boats in some areas of extensive mud and sand.

I remember forecasting many years ago that RIBs would never get larger than perhaps 9 metres because the stress on the inflatable tubes would be too high on anything more. However, today there are 18-metre lifeboats complete with the equipment and capabilities of conventional lifeboats – and they work. The tubes might be used mainly as a fender when going alongside rather than as a variable geometry component of the boat (because the heavy-duty tubes will not deform in the same way as lighter tubing on smaller RIBs), but overall they are functional and their crews very happy.

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