Looking for RIB hire services? Rigid Inflatable Boats are popular for their seaworthiness and safety. RIBs have always outperformed the equally sized hard-framed sport boats, because of their lightweight and low-centre of gravity. It is of no surprise that militaries and coast guards around the world use this flexible craft, as they handle excellently in all sea states.
Thus, below are some tips on how one should handle rigid inflatable boats afloat:
Just because it can, does not mean it should
You’re absolutely right when you say, RIBs are manageable through rough and bad weather conditions. However, that doesn’t mean you should put it through such conditions. Just as a 4×4 truck can handle rough terrain, it doesn’t mean every driver should not be off-roading as soon as they buy one.
Maintaining a boat on rough seas takes a cool head, experience, and most importantly training. Unseasoned operators may attempt to test the limits of their craft, however doing so potentially puts everyone’s lives at risk. Thus, take note of bad weather conditions, and never operate the boat beyond your comfort-level and skillset. Any experienced skipper knows its better to avoid challenging conditions unless absolutely necessary.
Check your speed with the direction to the conditions
While a Rib is fun to thrash about in the elements, it is not always so great for the wear on the boat and you, since it causes a number of challenges and handling difficulties. Instead, you should exercise care and caution with the amount of throttle utilized when the craft is travelling upwind. To do this efficiently, you need to steadily climb the face of the wave and ease off the throttle to avoid significant slamming. Then again, when you’re driving downwind, you’ll want to speed up as it allows you to raise the bow and meet the next wave crest however care must be taken not to overtake significant waves. Basically, you are making a smoother ride, which is going to be easier on your boat, plus the people in it.
Look out for the breaking waves
You must have come across the old adage: ‘Never turn your back on the ocean.’ Same applies when you are in boat, and the sea. You have got to be vigilant all the time, taking note of each change in the pattern of wave or wind direction.
Breaking waves can potentially capsize most vessels (esp. the small sized ones), and despite having stability and buoyancy, RIBs are not insusceptible. Thus, whenever you come to charter a RIB, make sure you know how to competently operate it.