Ribshare


Your use of Club RIBs

Ever thought that it’s a shame the Club’s RIBs sit idly by the pontoon when they could be used by members to enjoy the Harbour? Well, now they are available for you to use.

This launches RIBshare, a new initiative for Full Members to book the Club’s RIBs that are not supporting our activities afloat. RIBshare is available when the Office is open during the season and is at the following attractive rates:

Daily rate

9.30am to 4.30pm

£100

Morning rate

9.30am to 1.00pm

£60

Afternoon rate

1.30pm to 4.30pm

£40

Our ribs take between 8 and 12 people maximum depending on the boat, though a lower number would usually be more comfortable.

Safety comes first. The ‘must dos’ are that all passengers wear buoyancy aids or life jackets of 50N; the driver must use the kill cord at all times the engine is running; the hirer is responsible for keeping to the Harbour byelaws, including the 8 knot speed limit; and the driver must be RYA Powerboat level 2 qualified and over 18. The RIB must remain within the Harbour, which for the purpose of RIBshare is defined as being north of a line between East Head and Eastoke Point on Hayling Island. See below for full terms and conditions.

Availability enquiries and booking is by emailing or ringing the Club Office (01243 512400)

The scheme has a ‘fair usage’ policy. Its elements are that a member may have up to 3 bookings outstanding at any one time, those who return the RIB late or not in good condition may have their access to the scheme withdrawn. If the RIB is damaged, the person booking is responsible for paying for the repair cost or insurance excess as well as providing a substitute RIB, if required.

Think of those balmy, sunny summer days and plan ahead for friends and family outings to East Head mid-week, a shorter trip on a Sunday or Bank holiday afternoon, or even on a quieter weekend as a reward for the children when your spouse has earned a pass to go Club racing.

RIBshare makes our Club even more distinctive, so pass on the message to your friends of what this adds to our current attractive new member promotion and family membership category.

If you would like to use RIBshare and don’t yet hold a Powerboat 2 certificate, please contact George Rice to let him know if you are interested in the usual training course or the abbreviated one for experienced rib drivers. He’ll come back to you with dates for possible courses.


RIBshare terms and conditions

You may cancel with a full refund given provided:

  • You give 48 hours’ notice, or
  • If the wind speed on the day is more than Force 5 (i.e. 22 knots or more) based on CamberMet readings or
  • It is raining sufficiently not to be leisure use weather

The Club reserves the right to cancel, when a full refund will be given:

  • If more than Force 5, or less based on experience of the user, or
  • In event of operational requirements to support the Club’s activities,

The ‘must dos’

  • All passengers must wear buoyancy aids or life jackets of at least 50N
  • The kill cord must be attached to the driver’s leg at all times the engine is running
  • The driver is responsible for complying with the Chichester Harbour byelaws, including its speed limit of 8 knots
  • The driver must remain within Chichester Harbour  (which for the purposes of RIBshare is defined as being north of a line between East Head and Eastoke Point on Hayling Island).

The ‘fair usage’ policy

  • Each person may have a maximum of 3 bookings outstanding at any one time,
  • If the RIB is returned late or not in good condition, access to the scheme may be withdrawn
  • If the rib is damaged, the driver is responsible for paying for the repair cost or insurance excess as well as providing a substitute rib, if required.

The driver must have a RYA Powerboat Level 2 qualification.