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Old 23 September 2005, 15:18   #1
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Just completed my level 2 - had a GREAT time - to be honest it was more basic than I though - NOT the fault of the instructor - he was great!!!

The practical side was what I was more interested in - classroom stuff you learn from books(or Ribnet)!!!

I have been around boats most of my life but not RIBs so it was great fun practicing.

On the first day I almost ended up with sunstroke - it really was that warm - face was bright red!!!

The second day was the best - force 6 to 7 and sea state moderate - off Swansea you have the Mixon shoal that can throw up some pretty big waves. We had GREAT fun - never been so wet in all my life - learnt a lot about throttle control - had some pretty good take offs. Waves were probably about 8 - 10 feet at times - strangely I was far happier than in the short sharp 2' chop we had the day before.

The Ribeye 5.5m was a great little boat - really stable and quite soft landings makes me wonder if a 5.5m is that capable what will a big one be like???

Next step the advanced - hopefully in my own boat in the winter!!!
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Old 23 September 2005, 18:29   #2
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looks like you had a great day out, i am hoping to do my rya 2 soon as like yourself i have had boats for years (9 ) but never bothered with a course but now is the time i think. i got a new waterproof suite from Gill at the southampton bs so cant wait to use it in anger.

how many were there with you being instructed or did you do it one on one

and are you in the pics? you should post a pic with you in it....
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Old 23 September 2005, 19:34   #3
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congradulations , hope it benifits you as much as it did for me!
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Old 23 September 2005, 22:37   #4
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looks like you had a great day out, i am hoping to do my rya 2 soon as like yourself i have had boats for years (9 ) but never bothered with a course but now is the time i think. i got a new waterproof suite from Gill at the southampton bs so cant wait to use it in anger.

how many were there with you being instructed or did you do it one on one

and are you in the pics? you should post a pic with you in it....
I have always said experience is FAR more important than bits of paper - after doing my course I still maintain that - the advanced would be a better bet but you have to have done level 2 first!!!

There were 2 of us doing the course - I had to keep apologising for being such a terrible passenger - I am the same in a car - Jekyl and Hyde transformation when I get behind the wheel though!!!

I must say again the instructor was excellent - he had to be to put up with me - I am one of those people who can't be taught anything - have to learn for myself!!!

One thing I REALLY need to practice though - knots - a bloody disaster!!!
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Old 23 September 2005, 22:39   #5
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congradulations , hope it benifits you as much as it did for me!
Well I have a lot more miles on the clock than you!!! You must be one of the youngest to do the level 2 - brilliant work - hope you go on to do lots more!!!
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Old 23 September 2005, 23:50   #6
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One thing I REALLY need to practice though - knots - a bloody disaster!!!

I have had a few problems with my hands in the last decade and they have lost a lost 70% of their sensitivity which makes knot tying very tedious. SO know I only us one Knot a round turn and two half wits (hitches) It hasn't let me down so far
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Old 24 September 2005, 04:59   #7
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One thing I REALLY need to practice though - knots - a bloody disaster!!!
This should get you started http://www.tollesburysc.co.uk/Knots/Knots_gallery.htm

Cracks me up - even tells you how to tie a tie !!!
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Old 24 September 2005, 05:19   #8
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any more updates coders ,

so how far from the mumbles or the worm do you live ??
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I have just done mine in similar sea conditions to you codders. I too have had boats for years, still found the course invaluable and learnt tons too!
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so how far from the mumbles or the worm do you live ??
Well Mumbles and the worm are a fair distance apart!!! Actually I can see Mumbles from where I live - but it is about 8 miles away!!!

STILL waiting for news....

IF I hadn't spent my money I would have been really tempted by that monster beamey 9m RIB you have the BWA or whatever it's called - 2x 250hp Etecs - looks a pretty good price - plenty of room for any fitout you could want!!!

What sort of hull is it? Deep V? I belive it's an Italian boat and they tend to have less aggressive hulls????
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