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Old 25 August 2011, 07:03   #1
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Question on using a rib for profit

Hi I have a question on using a rib to take people out and about on tours and the like.
Similar to sea safari and others.

What would you need to do this?
RIB with seats and a good engine and safety kit .Life jackets etc.

Insurance for said sctivity.

But do you need anything else like formal training.

I have PB 1&2 and BSAC rescue cox certs.
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Old 25 August 2011, 07:43   #2
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You can get your PB2 commercially endorsed by doing some additional training, but you will be limited to the distance you can go.

However once you have the sea survival, first aid, medical etc to make your PB2 commercial you can then do the Advanced training and all of that will carry over.

The boat and equipment need to be "coded" to a standard that matches or exceeds your own qualifications as skipper.

There are a good few commercial operators on here and, so long as you are not proposing to overlap their patch, I am sure they would talk you through how they got set up.
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Old 25 August 2011, 08:52   #3
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Thanks Channel Ribs.
No defo wont be overlapping on anyones patch. not even in this country.
Just noticed an oppetunity somewhere.

And thought we might look into it.
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Old 25 August 2011, 10:34   #4
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Thanks Channel Ribs.
No defo wont be overlapping on anyones patch. not even in this country.
Just noticed an oppetunity somewhere.

And thought we might look into it.
In which case you may have other local rules to comply with.

If you search for MGN280 it will tell you what would be required to operate a boat commercially "at sea" (which means outside categorised waters - which if you search you will find defined on the MCGA site). Its not necessarily a difficult process but its considerably more complex than just pitching up with a PB2 certificate and a boat which would "pass" an RNLI "Boat Safety Inspection". Most Sea Safari boats in the UK will be operating Cat 4 (or Cat 3 restricted daylight hours) boats with a Commercially Endorsed RYA Advanced Powerboat Skipper.

I think if you search the forums you'll also find some previous discussion - its not a road to riches.
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Old 25 August 2011, 10:40   #5
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Thanks Channel Ribs.
No defo wont be overlapping on anyones patch. not even in this country.
Just noticed an oppetunity somewhere.

And thought we might look into it.
Probably best to ask in that country really, their regs will be different to the UK.
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Old 25 August 2011, 10:40   #6
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- its not a road to riches.
but no complaints about working in the industry
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Probably best to ask in that country really, their regs will be different to the UK.
Here in the States the rules are vastly different, and particularly onerous if you carry more than 6 passengers.
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I think if you search the forums you'll also find some previous discussion - its not a road to riches.
Too true, but the operators might sometimes be separated into two groups. The ones who want a big fast boat that will earn it's keep on the side, to serious full time business.
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