Technohull UK - High Performance Ribs
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RIB-X Steyr Diesel 7.5m GTS Rib
(V6 Inboard Engine)
Piranha Rib - Model
Wolf Rock - Brigg
(brought five models to the show)
A first London Boat Show for Scorpion and the handover of a
Serket98 to Sir Ben
One to watch!
12 year old Ben Jelf
Yamaha's light weight 200hp power performer
THE TULLETT PREBON
2013 LONDON INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW
January always sees ExCel host Europe’s first boat show
of the year, the longstanding London Boat Show in its 59th edition, has
changed its format over the past few years of austerity. The show, located
in the South Hall and on the dock quayside, comprised not only boats
from all sectors of the marine industry but other lifestyle exhibits
by the appearance for a second year of The Luxury Brand Show, a lifestyle
supercar showcase and exclusive art and entertainment stands. Some 500
exhibitors in total were at the show with the extravagance this year
of wine tasting and cheese retailers as well as the usual champagne and
Those who made a late date to visit the show (17th Jan) got three additional
shows for the price of one, these being The London Bike Show, The Outdoors
Show and The Active Travel Show which were laid out in the North Hall.
Notwithstanding the cold wet weather and the snow there
was quite a spring in the air and a much warmer feeling in regard to
The traders at the show had weathered the worst of the depression, managed
the challenges and were much better focused towards customer needs. It
will only take a brighter summer than those over the past two years and
I hope we may see the boating industry starting to bloom. Come September
at Southampton Boat Show we will know if we are turning the corner.
Ribs exhibited at the show were from:
- AB Boats
- BHG Marine – Cabrio
- TechnoHull UK
- Wolf Rock – Brigg
- XS Ribs
From amongst the racks of ribs on show from dealers, distributors
and manufacturers, a half-dozen of new additions caught the eye. The
Piranha Ribs Techno 515 made its world debut, described as being the ‘ultimate
club and rescue RIB.’ The price tag at £21,950 included
a Yamaha F50. Piranha also brought along what was surely the smallest
rib at the show,
a display model quite suited to having remote controls fitted and raced
around a duck pond!
RIB-X brought along a serious leisure rib from their new GTS range.
The range incorporates five models from 7.5m to 10m. On show
7.5m model powered by a 260hp Steyr inboard V6 diesel engine fitted
to a Bravo III leg with duo prop. Engine management controls being
wire. Uniquely installed with a stern engine cover which incorporated
a window and internal lighting made the lines of the aft end beautiful
Of particular interest was a Tony Jaques high performance rib, a new
flagship for his company TechnoHull UK. Finished in a spectacular ferrari
red and fitted with a pair of 300hp lightweight V6 Yamaha outboards
giving a "catch
me if you can" power. Complete with a small cuddy cabin, an innovative
stand up heads and a superb console and seating layout. Quality fixtures
and fittings make this special model something of the ferrari of the
seas. Check out technohullribs.co.uk for
the full specification, options and pricing.
BHG Marine brought along a range of tender ribs new to the UK from
Cabrio Ribs. The remarkable Cabrio 380CH incorporates a patented drop
where the engine can stay fitted but stores inside the boat, all by
remote control. This is a remarkable piece of marine engineering that
a second look!
It was a first time exhibit at the London Boat Show for Scorpion Ribs
who brought along several models. Being Lymington based, as is Ben
Ainslie - now Sir Ben, the most decorated Olympic sailor in history,
it was an
easy step to provide him with a chase boat for his America's Cup Challenge,
a Serket 98.
Wolf Rock Boats brought along five models from their BRIG range from
3.4 - 6.5m suitably priced for the family ribster who is looking for
family fun and watersports. Based in Kingsbridge, Devon they are on
the doorstep of the English Riviera. A friendly team willing to share
experience and advice.
50 Years of the RIB
This year celebrates 50 years of the development of the rigid hull
inflatable boat. At the show Dag Pike launched a synopsis of his
latest book, titled "The Complete RIB Manual". It’s
been written to cover every aspect of RIB design, operation and maintenance.
Fully up-to-date with the latest technology and includes the fascinating
history of the RIB.
Dag, who was involved in the very early design and development of
the concept and has since been acclaimed for his successes with Fabio
and his high speed RIBs, has some 44 books to his credit but this one
will be very special. Dag navigated Richard Branson’s Virgin
Atlantic Challenger II to a transatlantic record and received a Lifetime
Achievement Award in 2009. This publication is destined to become the
authoritative manual on the subject. To be published and launched in
June at Seawork this manual will cost £30 + £3.50 P&P
HotRIBS have managed to negotiate signed copies, with any personal
message, of this manual by Dag and a remarkable discount for our readers.
If anyone would like to take advantage of this offer please email
in the first instance,
hotribs admin. Once we know quantities
be able to confirm pricing before buying. This special offer is available
until June 2013.
The Knowledge Box
Alan Priddy updated his audience with the latest progress on his race
plans for going around the world against an American team.
are well developed and we should be hearing much more detail about
this exciting project around the end of spring and during a 5,000
nautical mile sea trial
across the Atlantic to North America, returning to Gibraltar, the boat’s
start and finish host, well before the start on the 2 November.
This project has generated worldwide interest and support and because
of this, additional crew berths have been incorporated into the design.
If you want to participate in either a leg of the race or do the whole
thing visit Alan's website at circumnavigationrecord.com
The show found us talking with one young power boater to watch. Finalist
and runner-up in the YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year, Ben
Jelf at just 12 years old, has retained his two British titles in
power boating in the GT15 class, making this the third consecutive
year he has held both the Junior Championship and Junior Sprint Championships.
He has also received international recognition at the highest level
claiming both a UIM European Powerboat Championship Title in Estonia
for the second consecutive year and securing silver against a fleet
of over 20 other competitors at the UIM World GT15 Championships in
At Coniston Records Week in November Ben had his work cut out to beat
the new World Record set in Sweden a month earlier, but on just his
third run he once again achieved the World and British speed record.
Power was seriously represented by Yamaha as the only major rib power
player at the show. Both Suzuki and Honda were notable by their absence.
Honda seems to have lost the plot as regards RIB's but Suzuki keep
others on their toes and remain in the frame by often sponsoring
Yamaha used the show to demonstrate how it can punch well above its
weight to remain one of industry leaders by setting new standards for
all other 200hp outboards. Yamaha's centre piece display was its recently
engine which delivers
all the power of a 200hp model, but is closer in weight and size to
150hp models. This results in an exceptional power-to-weight ratio
making it very well suited to Ribs. This in-line four-cylinder model
in at 227kg, approx 50kg less (22% saving on weight) than the previous
Icom continue to support the UK marine communications market place,
providing solutions suitable for our challenging marine environment
and the limited console space specifically seen on Ribs.
Icom have introduced a magic BlackBox, a marine transceiver
designated the IC-M400BB. This fully functional transceiver can be
installed out of sight, which is important when space is at a premium,
giving the benefits of a full fixed VHF/DSC to Ribsters who might not
normally have the space to use one. The ability to utilise 25 Watt
output power will give greater range to these users and a lot more