What is BIBOA?

BIBOA is the UK RIB club for those who like to cruise, race or just socialise in Rigid Inflatable Boats. Read more.


To attend any BIBOA cruises or races you must be a fully paid up BIBOA member. The reason for this is that we pay for an expensive insurance policy that covers all event organisers for the liability of organising an 'event' of any size that another member or members attend. 

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Solent standing on the boiler of Varvassi 

Well worth watching this if you boat in the Solent... Look how close the boilers of the wreck are to the needles.
"with an exceptionally low tide, we went out to the needles in search of the wreck of the Varvassi... and conquered it". Is this BIBOA member Neil McGrigor in his new Scorpion. The crew are standing on the boilers of the 1947 wreck of the Greek steamer Varvassi. These have caught out numerous boats in the Round the Island sailing race. 

Around Scotland

BIBOA members Mike Deacon and Trevor Goddard cruised around Scotland, video here:


Now thats cruising

BIBOA member Mike Deacon showing us all up again... with a return leg from his Scottish cruise... here is his plotter track:


Solent to Alderney to St Cast to Dielette to Yarmouth

BIBOA members Marc, Klara and Lucas Lyne in Ocean Devil hit Alderney for the festival with BIBOA members; Goddards in Black Adder and the Frosts, then off to St Cast. The forecast was not looking good, so a speedy trip back to Dielette, then over to Alderney to cruise back over the Channel with the Frosts and Goddard's. More photos here: http://www.biboa.com/cruising/2015-channel-islands-and-on-to-france/



Awards Dinner 2015


Annual Dinner and Presentation of Awards

HMS Warrior 1860 - 21st November 2015

Book online here: http://membership.biboa.com/event-2028344

This year, to celebrate our 25th Anniversary, our Awards Dinner will be held on-board HMS Warrior in the Historic Dockyard of Portsmouth.  A champagne reception will greet guests at 1830 hrs on the Officer’s Half Deck, and at

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First cruise for new BIBOA members

BIBOA Scottish Cruise May 2015

“Throttles down at 10.45” was the phrase that ended the briefing  on day one of our first cruise with Biboa.  Douglas, a Glaswegian with expert local knowledge of the Hebrides,  had gone through the days itinerary – rendezvous at Dunollie Castle for a quick coffee and to ensure all OK then onto Eigg for lunch and then on to Tobermory with a planned return to Oban around 6.00pm.   Sure enough at 10.45 am 8 ribs set off at full speed toward Eigg and so began our 5 day cruise.    It was quite a sight, 8 ribs of assorted colours and sizes racing down the strait towards our first rendezvous.  As we couldn’t all moor alongside the wall at Eigg some of us picked up the buoys and were ferried in by one of the ribs.  Lunch gave us the chance to meet new faces and have a brief wander around Eigg.  Onto Tobermory for chocolate and a quick drink before returning to Dunstaffanage for a debrief at the Wide mouthed frog and then left to our own devices for dinner.  One of the group recommended the Oyster Inn which was just up the road and where we had the most fantastic langoustines.

At the briefing on Day 2 Douglas produced a bag of hats and proceeded to explain their meanings and what to do if we saw him wearing a particular one whilst at sea.  He also had 2 hats to be awarded on a daily basis.  The captain’s hat for good seamanship and the “d...head”  cap for those daft actions you really wished no-one had noticed.  Day 2’s itinerary was first to the Isle of Seil for a coffee break and then onto Ardfern for lunch.  En route the radio suddenly blasted with a message that we were going to

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Photos from Scotland by HotRibs

Album of photos taken on the 25th and last ScotRIB event run by Douglas Crocket.

Posted by HotRIBS on Friday, 26 June 2015


A scottish briefing - Hot Ribs video 


A few clips from the 2015 Scottish cruise


Event calendar updates 

There are a few changes to the events calendar for this year
(all BIBOA members will have received an email detailing the relvant contact details to book places):

4th July
Summer lunch is booked at The Hut on the Isle of Wight.
Weather permitting, we will meet up in the morning for a cruise to a convenient location for a coffee stop, before meeting up at The Hut at 1.30 for lunch at 2.30pm. 

18th July
Lunch at Little Gloster.
Information will come out soon from Julian Lyas.

20th, 21st, 22nd July
Alderney and Jersey cruise.  Run by Julian Lyas and Chris Strickland.

24th to 26th July
Support to the America's Cup Trials.   Richard Salaman is the official Safety Officer for the day and is therefore creating his own safety team of some 50 ribs.  He can be contacted directly if anyone would like to get involved.  

BIBOA will be meeting on the Saturday, 25th July, ready to watch the 1.30 - 3pm session followed by a late lunch at The Mary Mouse in Portsmouth Harbour at 4pm.  Details will be on the website during that week. Run by Chris Strickland.

15th, 16th, 17th August
Dartmouth Cruise

5th, 6th, 7th September
Channel Islands and Cherbourg Cruise

10th, 11th October
Weymouth cruise

21st November
Saturday, Awards Dinner on-board HMS Warrior in Portsmouth 1830 hrs

22nd November
Sunday,  AGM at the Holiday Inn Express 10am

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