What is BIBOA?

BIBOA Ltd is the UK RIB club for those who like to cruise and socialise in Rigid Inflatable Boats. Read more.


To take part in any BIBOA sea-going event the skipper of the boat must be a paid up BIBOA member and there must be valid 3rd party insurance for the vessel. Non BIBOA Members are very welcome indeed as crew accompanying a BIBOA skipper. 

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British Inflatable Boat Owners Association


BIBOA is the UK RIB club for those who like to cruise and socialise in Rigid Inflatable Boats. Most of our members use RIBs to enjoy cruising in these superbly safe and durable ‘workhorses of the sea’ whilst other members like to test themselves and their RIBs to the limit in the occasional highly competitive RIB races organised throughout the year by non-BIBOA organisations. Whatever your preference, BIBOA membership will give you unrivalled support, friendship and access to knowledge from hundreds of other RIB users throughout the UK. We also have excellent contacts with RIB clubs throughout Europe. 
BIBOA will welcome you as an owner or crew member, we are here to promote RIBs and we hope you enjoy our website which is constantly under development with new articles and features being added frequently.


The Association was formed in 1990 following the first Round Scotland cruise/race and is recognised by both the RYA and the UIM as the UK National Authority for Rigid Inflatable Boats. The Association represents the views of RIB users throughout the UK and we have members and associates throughout Europe. To see the full history click here.

The main objects of the Association are to encourage cruising and expeditions in RIBs, to give members advice and information, to promote liaison between members and other RIB owners, to stimulate the design and construction of RIBs and to promote National and International RIB events.

The RIBs used by our members range from 4.5m with a single 50hp outboard up to 10m craft with twin diesel engines but the majority of boats are in the 6m to 8m range with single outboard engines and are often kept at home on a trailer.

We have a very active cruising calendar from which members mix’n match; our cruises range from one day events to a whole week with members joining as time permits. Cruises are supported by singles, couples many families and the occasional manufacturer; this all makes for a highly enjoyable atmosphere of friendly experience and excitement.

Cruising members sometimes assist at various nautical sporting events as safety boats (after formal signing -on) and to enjoy the friendship and camaraderie for which BIBOA is well known and which is the envy of many other boating clubs. We offer Personal, Family and Corporate membership and we have a written constitution.

Safety at sea figures highly in our activities and we have a Safety Officer as a vital member of our full committee.

The committee positions:

Hon. President:
Hon Commodore:
Vice Commodore:

General Committee:

Membership - online registration and payment - CLICK HERE

BIBOA is a trading name of BIBOA Ltd which is a company limited by guarantee & registered in England No.4632144.  Registered office: Squirrel Lodge, Swan Lane, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 6AL