A guide to RIBs

We get a lot of questions about the different types of boats we have to offer and the kind of projects they are suitable for. Many people ask us specifically about RIBs, including what they are and what makes them so good. We are happy to offer advice so people can choose the right service from us. This is one of the reasons we are a top provider of Northern RIB hire.

What is an RIB?

The acronym stands for rigid inflatable boat. They have solid hulls but have inflatable tubes around the outside. RIBs come in various shapes and sizes, including open and cabin. The first is the most common type and has a completely open deck. The latter can have a cabin to provide shelter for crew, passengers, or goods. Sometimes you will hear people refer to RIBs as RHIBs or rigid hulled inflatable boats. They are the same though.

What are the benefits?

A guide to RIBs

Adding inflatable tubes to the outside of a solid hull was originally designed to make it safer for boats to come alongside other boats. The inflatables meant the hulls could not come together and potentially damage each other. The design was originally intended for life boats but it has become popular for all kinds of commercial use.

There are several other benefits as well. Firstly, the design increases stability. The inflatables mean the hull can change shape when waves strike it. They absorb the shock and ensure the boat remains stable. This is a unique feature of RIBs.

The tubes also increase the buoyancy, meaning RIBs have the ability to carry impressive loads. Without the inflatables the hulls would not be able to hold as much weight.

Finally, the tubing and extra buoyancy is a really good safety feature. If the hull is damaged for any reason, as long as the tubes are inflated the boat should retain enough flotation to make it to safety.

RIBS are great for all kinds of commercial uses. For example they are useful for crew transport, surveying, work boats and more. They are also common as pleasure crafts, especially for tours.

Northern RIB Hire

If you are looking to hire RIBs for a project, Safety Boat Services is the perfect provider for you. We have a wonderful selection of vessels and the skills to cater for various needs. We work across the UK and ensure every client has a great experience with us.

Contact us today if you have any questions about Northern RIB hire. We can give you a better idea of the RIBs we have and what kind of projects they are suitable for.