Frequently Asked Questions
Are there restrictions on where I can take my BOAT?
No, you own the boat. No limitations and no restrictions. With care, competence and consideration for your safety and others, your cruising range is limited only by the time you have on board. Whilst the Solent and the South Coast provide more than enough interest for most owners, for the more experienced and adventurous members, the Channel Islands and the north coast of France are accessible.
Alternatively, if you would prefer to choose an alternative base for your week you can take your boat anywhere you wish, MDL's freedom berthing also gives a lot of flexibility for choice. If you want the boat in a different location for eg. your summer holiday - transportation can be arranged to places like Dartmouth, Salcombe, Torquay, Falmouth etc.
How are the weeks planned?
A schedule is planned for the year that gives each owner one week's usage of their boat in every four. This schedule is sent out to the owners around October/November each year for the following year. Members may request to swap weeks / weekends to suit their needs best, you simply email in to RIB Shack Marine and they will email the other owner(s). We achieve a high percentage of all swap requests. You can also phone or email in to request a boat out of your scheduled weeks for the odd day, there is no additional management fee for this, you just pay for the fuel used. Again we achieve most of these requests. Prior to your scheduled week we will contact you to ascertain your likely usage of the boat and what times. This enables us to provide the optimum level of service to our members and provide total boat management.
When do weeks start and finish?
Throughout the year a scheduled week commences from every Monday at 1:00 p.m. and finishes on the following Sunday evening. This allows us to clean and refuel all boats for the next handover. However, should you wish to book a holiday cottage and the week runs from Friday to Friday or Saturday to Saturday, we try to obtain a 'part week' swap so you have the boat for the week you are away. We have done this many times for lots of customers.
What is covered in the cost?
This is a very complete package. When operating out of the home port, most costs will be covered by your monthly management fee. This covers dry stacking / berthing, insurance, Seastart, warranty management, engine servicing, weekly refuelling and valeting service. The only additions are fuel, the boat will be refuelled after each owner's usage and that owner will then be invoiced for the amount of fuel it takes to refill the boat. Also there can sometimes be a small amount to pay for any out of warranty repairs which occur now and then eg. Bilge pump, general wear and tear on a prop. This cost is shared between the four owners and is normally only small amounts.
What is a RIB and how safe are they?
Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs) are the most complete multipurpose recreational boat on the market today. Comprising a reinforced fiberglass hull surrounded by multiple independent tough hyperlon air chambers that give the owner a high degree of security and safety. It is no coincidence that rescue services throughout the world, including the RNLI and the coastguards, use RIBs as their front line solution to a safe, fast, manoeuvrable and reliable rescue boat. You will find RIBs in all manner of uses in the armed forces and protecting our waters. For the leisure user RIBs are an outstanding family vessel, capable of day cruising with comfort and water skiing on fun afternoons.
WHY CHOOSE AN AXOPAR?
Since RIB Shack Marine introduced the Axopar 28 Cabin into our unique shared boat ownership scheme we are struggling to keep up with demand. With a considerable number of Axopar's already in the fleet is testament to their suitability to our inshore and offshore waters. They provide both a level of comfort and performance not seen in this category before. Their flexibility, style and robustness have made the Axopar's a global success and we thoroughly recommend them to anyone. Due to the popularity of the Axopar 28 Cabin we have also introduced the Axopar 37 Cabin into the fleet.
Where are the boats moored?
In Southampton the boats will be dry stacked when not in use. If you plan to use your boat RIB Shack Marine will advise the Dry Stack staff of expected usage, but the customer must ring one hour prior to arrival in order for their boat to be lifted in to the water ready to go. At the other locations, if you are planning to use your boat then it will be provided on a suitable mooring ready to go, you just collect the keys from the marina office.