Whether driven for fun or practical use, RIBs and sports boats are perfect for spending the day zipping around the coastline, shuttling friends to moored boats or providing safety cover on a race course. Not to mention that unrivaled high that comes from engine power on the water!
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Is it for me?
If you have the urge to be out in the fresh air, explore new places and a love for speed, then RIBs and sports boats are for you. Either with friends or family, you’ll be amazed by your opportunities as nothing is very far away with the power and speed of a RIB or sports boat beneath you.
How can I try it?
There are companies that offer RIB experiences for you to have your first taste of being out on the water. Whether it’s a tour of the Thames or an adrenaline pumping ride on the Solent, this can be a fun way to discover the feeling of blasting across the water.
The RYA's Powerboat Courses are a great way to get to grips with the basics of driving sports boats and RIBs and can help you to feel confident when taking your first trip and beyond. Also some insurance companies insist on drivers having certain qualifications so it is useful to have some training under your belt.
There are plenty of opportunities to drive RIBs as safety boat cover for training and racing events at your local sailing club. Most clubs will welcome new members and run training courses.
For under 16's the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship takes place at clubs across the UK with weekly training, regional heats and a national final each year at the Southampton Boat Show in September.
How much does it cost?
Although it can be pricey to buy your own RIB or sports boat you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy this exciting sport.
You can hire a RIB for the day or weekend from RYA Training Centres or hire companies and they will have all the safety kit and gear you need to get on the water.
If you do want to buy your own, you can easily find get second-hand RIBs and sports boats. Search online, take a look at RYA classifieds or visit a marine brokers.
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