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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Ribs and Tanks

On one of the best days of the year weather-wise two families, the Beaurains and the Goddards, and two RIBs, Storm Breaker and Blue Ray, met on the Itchen and headed for Cowes. It was flat calm but with plenty of large shipping to swerve around. We moored on the Town Quay, met the waiting bus and jumped on for the five minute ride to the museum.

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Devonshire Delights in 2010 - mudlarking and water-skiing on the beautiful South Devon coast

Three BIBOA members give us their stories on a massive fire, 30 knots headwinds, a grounding, a SIB, chess and a Dartmouth curry ... a real adventure packed cruise.

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The New Kid on the Loch – a relative newcomer to BIBOA tells why his family are now BIBOA Scotland fans


Our 2010 highlights included marvellous accommodation at Portavadie Marina (including hair straighteners in the gents!), great company, fantastic scenery, dolphins, seals and gannets. RIB heaven.

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East Coast calling BIBOA

A wind farmand lots of waterside watering holes on the East Anglian coast for early season BIBOA.  The Mark 1 eyeball replaces a duff plotter and heavy squalls at Felixstowe.



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Afloat in France in summer 2010 - the Goddard family tell their story.

A three week camping holiday plus a steep learning curve on launching and towing; plus how to enlist the help of burley frenchmen ...   

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Around Ireland summer 2010

Saturday 31st Update

Well here we are in North Wales - still made Ireland!

Quite a evetfull cruise to date.


Departed Sun 25th after a morning of jobs.

Forcast was fairly good - but the actual sea conditions were not.

Given the forcast we had hoped for Plymouth or Fowey.

The reality was an uncomfortable Christchurch bay into a strengthening Westerly wind. On to virtually Weymouth to avoid the winds and then a duck around Potland. Lyme Bay was not good.

So we finally made Brixham with minutes to spare on the last food orders.


Monday 26th 

A good run around from Brixham

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Here be Dragons…

Mor Den 2 takes up the challenge of helping to provide safety cover for the Great River Race; it’s not a good idea to inflate RIB tubes with Dragon Breath!

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GREAT BRITISH RIB RALLY (Round Britain & Ireland)

THEY'RE OFF! The fleet started from Portland Marina this morning and have now reached Mylor Yacht harbour in Falmouth, no damage reports yet other than Scooby Doo returned to base with fuel starvation probs. Great credit to Gordon Compton in his RIB 'My Pleasure' who was their 'buddy boat' and elected to miss the Grand Start so as to acompany his buddy safely back to base, well done Gordon.

The weather forcast is changing and it looks like Sunday's run across to Ireland could be rather lively ...

Here are some of the fleet in Portland Marina

This is Quick Flash from Belgium.

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Evolution's Revolution 

Paul Glatzel tells the story of His voyage in the Great British RIB Rally with Andrew Bell in Evolution.

The final week of preparation had its moments, not least of all when, as a practice, we removed the outdrive leg only to find that the rubber bellows had punctured and the innards needed major surgery in a very short period of time...



River Rovin' on the East Coast

BIBOA was based at the Suffolk Yacht Harbour in Levington to show our South Coast members that the world doesn't end at the Dover Straights. A cultural tour and cod & chips with ice cream, yummee! 

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