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Old 04 January 2019, 04:21   #11
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Thanks everyone. Very helpful. I'll see if I can bend the ear of someone already doing it. Have msged skippermarky.

Best for the New Year

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Old 04 January 2019, 05:05   #12
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Boat Trips and Boat Tours at The Needles
run off the beach near the needles
Rib rides in the solent
RIB chartering / rides


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Old 04 January 2019, 09:50   #13
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Thanks. Do you know any of the guys who run these and would they be happy to have a chat?

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Old 05 January 2019, 09:06   #14
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These guys run off sandy beaches with a big tidal range cant rembere how we boarded but they operate successfully and have done from a couple of locations the boat is a beast tpp

Gower Coast Adventures

The FAQ explains the current boarding process

Well worth booking a few trips and seeing what each operation is like
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Old 05 January 2019, 13:50   #15
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Many years ago there was an article (I think it was actually a series) about what is required to (successfully and legally) make money from your boat, in Rib international or whatever hugo’s comic was called at the time. Would be worth hunting down if you are serious. I think it was written by Qinquari essentially promoting their services but had some good background.

I can’t remember if it covered local authority licensing as an alternative to Mca coding - that is what beamishken is alluding to - but will only apply if your waters have been categorised.

What qualifications do you have?
What is the boat? How many proper seats does it have?
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Old 10 January 2019, 10:50   #16
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Operating Passenger Trips from Beaches

Hi. We’ve been operating jet boat passenger trips from Whitesands beach, St Davids in Pembrokeshire (& other beaches on occasion) for well over 30 years. Feel free to call us on 01348 837764 & we’ll be happy to help in any way we can. Tim’s been working safely off Whitesands for 40 years (both outboards & jets in the early years with Ocean Dynamics, exclusively jet with our own company, Venture Jet) so he’d be a good person to talk to :-) .
Most RIBs aren’t well suited to beach operations, particularly if the beach is rather flat; it’s worth setting your RIB up with beach ops in mind. We’re able to simply have passengers boarding from the back of the boat but of course it’s possible on some beaches to board via pontoon or over the bow via a short ladder.
Things to think about (which will no doubt already have occurred to you): tides, surf, anchoring, boarding & disembarking options (anchoring / pontoon / ladder etc), local authority & beach rules & regs, beach boat handling & maintenance. Coding & insurance needn’t be a problem – you just need a good commercial policy (happy to give you details should you wish). Beach operations can be far more weather dependent than other locations but they can provide a really fantastic experience for the passenger.
We operate a 9m Ocean Dyamics Ribworker which was designed to work off beaches. It’s a shallow draft open transom aluminium hull with a jet, which enables us to operate in just 18 inches of water. The jet maximises control even at very slow speeds, enabling us to manoeuvre safely around other water users, with the huge safety advantage of no propellers (something our local authority recognises as important). This gives you some idea:
Good luck with your boat plans whatever they may be. We’re retiring so please pass on our details to anyone who wants a good Ribworker jet boat or who feels like taking over from us at Whitesands :-) .
Beth & Tim @ Venture Jet, tel: 01348 837764,

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