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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Safe Cruising Guidelines - BIBOA's Cruise Registration Form .......

BIBOA has been organising safe cruises and races for many years - but it can be all too easy to forget that when we started boating everything that many of us take for granted as "normal good practice" has often been learnt by making mistakes that could have been avoided.

The following articles are meant to be food for thought, and their relevance will of course depend on where you are boating, the size of your RIb, the weather, etc etc  - but even if you only pick up one tip them they will hopefully have been worth reading and thinking about .............

BIBOA's version of the Coastguard's CG66 Form / Cruise Registration Form.

A bit of background... to quote from the MCA's website...
CG66 - The Voluntary Safety Identification Scheme
If you are at sea and get into difficulty and you are unable to raise assistance, is there anyone ashore who knows what to do if you fail to return at your estimated time?
Would a friend or relative know who to contact? Would they have sufficient detail about your vessel and your likely whereabouts to be able to assist the Coastguard to locate you?
Would it not be a comfort to know that when you set out, the Coastguard has the details of your vessel on a database that is accessible to all Coastguard Co-ordination Centres throughout the UK so that they have the information they need to mount a search and rescue operation should you get into difficulty?
Quite simply, join HM Coastguard's CG66 Voluntary Safety Identification Scheme. You can join online, or download the form and send it to your nearest Coastguard Co-ordination Centre. Forms can also be obtained from any Coastguard Co-ordination Centre or Sector Base, MCA Marine Office, RNLI boathouse; or look out for them in your Local Marina or Sailing Club.
The scheme is free and is for the benefit of the owners and skippers of all types of leisure vessels and small craft.
To register on line now could not be easier. Click here and follow the instructions

It is of course a sensible idea for all boaters to join the CG66 scheme - but of course when organising a BIBOA cruise the organiser needs pretty much the same information so they know who's attending.

All cruise skippers are asked to provide the following information to the cruise organiser before taking part in a cruise. 

Quick Details:
                BIBOA Member's Name:
                Boat Name:
                Boat Make and Length:
                Petrol or Diesel?
                Skipper's Mobile Number:
                Total number of people on board:
                Number of Children on Board:
                Shore Contact and contact number:
In more Depth:
Boat Details:
                Boat Name
                SSR Number
                Length (m)
                Beam (m)
                Approx Draught (m)
                Hull Colour (Lower - i.e. if capsized)
                Boat Colour above waterline
                Remarks / Special Identification Features
Type of Craft and Capacity:
                Make and Model
                Type of Craft      (Normally a RIB for BIBOA members)
                Number of Persons normally on Board
                "Normal" Cruising Speed (Knots)
                Approx Cruising Endurance under power
Life Saving Equipment Carried:
                Lifecraft carried normally?
                Flares Carried?
                Number of Lifejackets normally carried?
                EPIRB or PLB normally carried?   If yes - is it registered, manufacturer and Serial number?
                Any Other lifesaving Equipment?
Radio and Navigation Equipment:
                Fixed VHF?
                Handheld VHF normally carried?
                GPS fitted?
                AIS Fitted ?
                Radar? (Fitted and working?)
                Radar Reflector fitted?
Owner Details:
                Home Address:
                Home Phone Number
                Mobile Phone Number
                e-mail address:
Usual Shore Contact:
                Home Phone Number

This might seem like a lot of work - but to make it simpler the information can be filled in using an excel spreadsheet ar a word document. Clicking on the above links should download them for you to fill in.

It is probably only the 1st few items that need to be changed for each cruise and sent to the cruise organiser. By checking the rest of the details it can be a good reminder to add and/or change details that you have filled in before. Any alterations you need to make should also prompt you to update any changes on the proper CG66 filed with the MCA!

Happy and Safe Cruising!

Please Note - the information above should be used only as a guide to help you cruise safely but the skipper always has the responsibility to decide whether to put to or stay at sea and it is a condition of joining a BIBOA cruise that the vessel must be covered by 3rd party insurance. BIBOA cannot be held responsible for any ommisions and/or errors in the guide above.