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Old 24 February 2008, 02:14   #1
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My Son At Speed

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I have a lowly 380 Bombard Aerotec with a 15Hp Engine

But don't these show the fun you can have?

Pictures taken at Corfe Castle down south
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Old 24 February 2008, 09:14   #2
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Good photos, looks like it goes quite well, great fun these.
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Old 24 February 2008, 09:17   #3
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You shouldn't have shown these - people aren't allowed to have fun any more - it will be banned. Seriously though in Ireland they HAVE banned all people under 16 from driving a motor boat!!!


http://www.citizensinformation.ie/ca...aft_in_ireland


I started driving my "own" boat when I was about 10 - and I manged not to kill anyone..........

I fully agree that a small SIB can be just as much fun as a big RIB - sometimes even more so.
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Old 24 February 2008, 09:29   #4
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You shouldn't have shown these - people aren't allowed to have fun any more - it will be banned!!!

http://www.citizensinformation.ie/ca...aft_in_ireland

Seriously though in Ireland they HAVE banned all people under 16 from driving a motor boat!!!

I started driving my "own" boat when I was about 10 - and I manged not to kill anyone..........

Load of old bollocks i ve been driving ribs since I was about 12, I bought my first one at 15, I ve had a few little 'incidents' but haven't killed anyone either.
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Pictures taken at Corfe Castle down south
Jon, You need to brush up on your navigation mate looks more like Swanage to me

Still great to see nippers having fun !!!!
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Yeah, that's a Kodak Moment - every kid needs days like that to remember later in life!

A note on Irish regs: Reading the link above will confirm that under 16's can indeed use a motorboat in Ireland, just not a fast motorboat (over 17k). The regs even show provision for the under 12's to operate a motorboat, albiet an itty bitty one ;-) We're still having a bit of fun here!

On that theme - just how fast is a given planing motorboat for the purposes of Regulation/Insurance? How does one determine this? - depends who's asking perhaps - mates or insurance company!
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How do they enforce that? Do you have to carry your passport with you and get ID'd as you exit the marina as if you were buying a pint! I wouldn't worry about it, most kids that age don't have any identification anyway, just claim you are your older brother, im glad its only in Ireland.
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LOL - Exactly the same way they don't enforce most regulations here!
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Well sp0tted

You are dead right

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I’ve just picked up on this and find it quite interesting. For the last two years we have had great family holidays on the Shannon taking not only the dog, some of the children’s friends but also a little 2.8 Avon rib with an 8hp.

Before we went we contacted a Ltn Cdr in the Inspector of Navigation Waterways Ireland asking him about any registration requirements and he replied in a most pleasant and helpful manner saying that there were no requirements to register a power vessel under 15hp.

The citizen information website quotes “fast powerboats (those than can travel at a speed of 17 knots)…. it is illegal for anyone under the age of 16 to operate or control a fast powerboat….For persons under 12, it is illegal to operate or control any mechanically propelled pleasure craft with an engine more powerful than 3.7 kilowatts..”

I suspect our 2.8 with its 8hp would struggle to do 17kn but it just goes to show if you ask the wrong question…….. We did notice that last year everybody we spoke to out there new about the regulations regarding life jackets and in general they were adhered too.

My son has done his level 2 coastal but it will be endorsed until he is 16. Funnily enough when I spoke to a sea school about him taking his VHF licence they were very twitchy about it and explained that having somebody quite young could make adults uncomfortable. Mind you he is the one who is a stickler for procedures and picks me up when ever he thinks I am being sloppy!!!
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