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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A Fishy Tale in 2005


This year’s trip to Fowey in Cornwall was a great success for the club and those that took part. The fast ferry was out there somewhere!
The event started with 3 boats (Sea Devil, Tweety Pie, Marikh and Caprisante ) all meeting up at Old Harry rock just outside of Poole at 9.00 am. The plan was for myself and the rest of the crew onboard Scorpion to sweep the course an hour later to make sure no one had any problems. I guessed that by the time we had got to the west of Lyme Bay we should be just a few miles behind them.
Unfortunately when we left the Needles thick fog descended and we were only able to run at 17 knots or so. At times the fog was so thick that the visibility was down to twenty metres or so, a little worrying knowing that the fast Sea Cat ferry from Poole was out there somewhere.
Thick fog precedes calm seas... GO ON READ MORE !!!




Deacon Duo Reclaim Round Britain Record

On 11th-12th August 2005, Mike & Dave Deacon set a new time for the under 30' Round Britain Record of 31 hours 22 minutes 46 seconds in Hot Lemon V, a 10m Scorpion Sports Cruiser with twin standard spec Yanmar 320hp diesel engines.
Hot Lemon V has a twin-stepped hull, a deflector instead of a windscreen and an aerofoil section support for the radar, nav lights, twin vhf aerials and radar reflector enhancer.
At 3900 RPM the Yanmar engines each used 60 LPH (54kts) but only 45LPH at 3500RPM (48kts); to carry the extra fuel weight, we used 5 blade 28'' pitch props. Our usual 30'' 5 blade props (pitched down to 29'') give 60 kts light. There are twin 100 gall underdeck tanks plus a 190 gallon deck tank.




A Wight Good Easter Cruise

14th - 17th April 2005 φ Easter Solent/Isle of Wight Cruise
The Easter Cruise has become established as a great way for starting the season, meeting up with friends and exploring the Solent area. This year was no exception, apart from the fact we had volunteered to be cruise co-ordinator this year.
The official cruise began on Good Friday but we and a number of other boats agreed to head down to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, during Thursday and accordingly, we arrived at our base, Ocean Quay Marina on the Itchen River, late morning on Thursday 13 April and loaded up our Ribeye 785, Cutting Edge, with what seemed like enough bags for a three week expedition not a weekend (one drawback to having three females in our family)... More info...

New Round British Isles Record

In early 2004 Chris Strickland suggested trying to break the record for going around the British Isles. Chris asked myself, John Puddifoot and Gordon Compton to make up the team.
To try to break the record was going to be a real challenge as we knew that going around the British Isles is a lot tougher than Round Britain, one for the men rather than the boys.
The West Coast of Ireland and the run outside the Outer Hebrides to the Shetlands is very exposed to the Atlantic swell. The Shetlands are further north than Oslo and Reeds Almanac states ‘weather conditions are bad in winter; yachts should only visit Apr-Sept’.

Norman Invasion

Late last August, Chris and I cruised up to Rouen and immediately fell in love with the place, so we decided to run a cruise there this year to share the delights with fellow RIBsters. Early Spring 2005 and we had been looking in diaries and calendars and deciding when to go, when the phone rang and John Puddifoot was on the other end.

"Why don’t you arrange the cruise to Honfleur and Rouen for the Early May Bank Holiday weekend?" he suggested, "Because that is the weekend of the Rouen 24 hour Powerboat race."





It Rained on the Seine

Ten club boats registered for the cruise but finally, due to a variety of reasons, we were down to four: Seahound V with Chris Strickland, My Pleasure with Gordon Compton, Tweety Pie with Martin Humphray and Ribaleta with Sir Charles Blois. Other members, who were unable to travel the same time as the cruise, made their way to Rouen by various means of transport.
The Rouen 24 hour race is for 3 classes of circuit boats. They race on a 2 mile course around an island in the river and travel at speeds of up to 110 mph, depending on the class.
They have to run all day and night with the race starting on Sunday at 16:00 and finishing on Monday – 24 hours later. Each team has four drivers and they generally change every 2 hours when refuelling. The engine cannot be changed, but can be rebuilt – everything else can be changed. 





London to Monte Carlo

In September 2005, I was enjoying a celebratory drink with friend Mike Deacon after the team and I had set the record earlier that year for fastest time Round the British Isles in 72 hours and 27 minutes in Seahound V, a Scorpion 10 metre cabin RIB fitted with 2 x 315hp Yanmar Diesels, 36 hours faster than the previous record. 
I suggested looking at the RYA homologated book to see what other records could be challenged, as Mike also has a taste for breaking records himself. 
I was part of his team when we set the Round Britain records in August 2001 for under 30 ft and 2002 for 30–50ft in Hot Lemon III and Hot Lemon IV. I was intrigued to see that the London to Monte Carlo record had no records set to date in the under 30ft or 30-50ft classes. 
Realising that this challenge was only 400miles more than the Round the British Isles, I decided to give it my best attempt.




Day 1 in Scotland, where did we go?

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If you have an Android phone there is a really neat app from Google called My Tracks. You tell it to record your track and at the end of the day you press stop, save and then share it by saving it to Google docs. This is how I recorded this track on my first day of the Clyde Cruise.


Easter Escapade in 2010

There was a good turnout for an early season cruise, some challenging conditions and a tow for one member. All part of an active club and keen members, look at our Forum for pics and we’re all looking forward to the 'Season Opener' Weymouth cruise in late April. 

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Season Opener to Weymouth 2010

This is always an exciting time; it's usually one of the first real cruises of the yearand a good shake down for crews and boats after the winter. Two RIBS temporarily went AWOL but all was fine in the end, a great BIBOA Season Opener for all.

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