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Motor Cruising and RIBs

At the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, we welcome members with motor boats and RIBs to participate in our cruising activities.  Over the last few years, the proportion of motorboats at our cruising Meets has steadily risen to around 40%.  Reflecting this, the Fen Dawn Motor Cup is awarded each year at our annual Cruising Dinner to the motor boat member who has made the most significant ‘On the water’ achievement during the year. RIB participation, however, is currently low, so we are trialling a "RIB Raid" in July 2019 to find out how many Members are interested in Club organised events (see further down this page for more information).

Our motorboat members have a wealth of knowledge on all aspects of motor boating and will not only be able to advise you on how to make the most of your membership of our club, but introduce you to other motor boat members.  They can also advise you on most aspects of motor boat ownership, advice on technical matters and recommendations to local tradespeople specialising in motor boat maintenance and repairs or training. We are considering provision of similar advice for RIB owners should there be sufficient interest.

If you are thinking about purchasing a motor boat, or have one already and are considering joining our club, or perhaps are already a member but would like some advice, please contact a motor member below:-

Chris Sutherland at
Bob Woolley at

RLymYC RIB Raid 2019


The  Royal Lymington Yacht Club’s first RIB Raid is planned to go round the Isle of Wight in July.
A  RIB Raid is not a race.  The object of the day is to explore our coastline, inlets and anchorages in the company of a group of RIBs.  The pace will be agreed by all participants on the day to suit the weather, sea conditions and tides.
The day will start with a briefing in the Club.  The plan is to go west past the Needles, anchoring in Freshwater Bay for coffee then on to either Ventnor, Bembridge or Seaview YC for lunch ashore, keeping close to the coast enjoying the scenery of Sandown Bay, Culver Cliffs etc. on the way.
There may be time to explore Ryde Harbour, tide permitting, before returning to Lymington for a debrief at the Club.
There will be an option for a RIB raid in the Solent should the weather not be perfect for rounding the Island.
Specifications for RIBS
7metres minimum
100HP minimum
Engines must be serviced and regularly run
All crew must have a seat
 Fuel sufficient for trip (50nm) + 20nm
Fixed VHF
Flares, anchor and towline
Fixed Chart Plotter
Fire Extinguisher
All crew must have lifejackets
Chartered  RIBS can be used
Nick Ryley is leading this event.