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2013 London Boat Show


Technohull High Performance Ribs

Technohull UK - High Performance Ribs
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RIB-X Steyr Diesel 7.5m GTS Rib
(V6 Inboard Engine)

Global Circumnavigation  Attempt

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 Ainslie

One to watch!
12 year old Ben Jelf


Yamaha 200hp

Yamaha's light weight 200hp power performer


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 cocktail bars!

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 future of boating. 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
  • Cobra
  • Piranha
  • Quicksilver
  • Ribeye
  • Rib-X
  • Scorpion
  • 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 was the 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 fly-by wire. Uniquely installed with a stern engine cover which incorporated a window and internal lighting made the lines of the aft end beautiful and sexy.

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 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 down transom where the engine can stay fitted but stores inside the boat, all by remote control. This is a remarkable piece of marine engineering that needs 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 their 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 Buzzi 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 (UK).

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 we’ll 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.

Plans 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

Ben Jelf
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 Sweden.

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 Players
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 Rib shows.

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 created F200 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 weighs in at 227kg, approx 50kg less (22% saving on weight) than the previous V6, F200.

Bright Sparks
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 flexibility.

Jan 2013