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Old 03 January 2019, 10:49   #1
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Running Rib pleasure rides from a beach...

Hi all,

Just pondering the logistics of using my rib to run pleasure cruises off a beach during the summer - possibly with me driving, possibly employing someone to drive. I've been hunting around to try and work out the insurance/regulatory requirements but can't find much. Anyone have any golden tips before I approach the harbour master to ask?

Thanks!
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Old 03 January 2019, 11:03   #2
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Contact the RYA and they'll point you in the right direction.

The boat will need to be Coded and you will need, minimum, commercially endorsed PB2 qualification.
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What is the "RYA" and what is their link?

What is the RYA and what is their link?
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Boat coding, appropriate qualifications, business / liability insurance ( which potentially could cost!! ) and not forgetting a commercial licence / permission thingy from the local council to run a business from a public beach. You could always contact a established RIB business to see what hoops they’ve had to jump through, good luck
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Old 03 January 2019, 11:30   #6
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The OP was being directed to

https://www.rya.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

A very British title for a specific UK enquiry !
Very different rules will apply to you , probably on a State by State basis .

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Old 03 January 2019, 11:43   #7
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Commercial Operation

Your reference is MGN280

Google search MCGA MGN280

Digest the relevant sections for a RIB. This is always your start point
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Old 03 January 2019, 16:16   #8
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From a beach?

Awful idea!

How will your passengers board? They won't want wet feet. How can you ensure there are no swimmers etc where you want to "land"
Where will you store gear? I'd expect you are providing waterproof clothing? Life jackets? Before boarding? Where will you store spares (kids, spares in case one pops etc), fuel?

You could have a jetty... But if it's tidal you need to move it constantly.

Safety briefing ashore or on the water?
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A friend of mine runs speed boat trips from the beach in Largs he uses a classic Volga hydrofoil,he operates from a wheeled platform that winches up and down the beach to suit the tide Works very well.His trips are very popular with everyone in the town as his family have been doing it for years . His boat is coded but to a low category so doesnt need a liferaft. He does carry lifejackets but few people use them as its just a ride round the bay on a summers day. Think he has a licence from the council but I dont know the full ins and outs of the regulations.
If your talking about a quick blast round the bay then it is doable. But lots of homework required
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Old 04 January 2019, 03:35   #10
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Hi,

There was a forum member (SkipperMarky if I recall correctly) who used to run a rib ride service from Southsea sea front in Portsmouth. If you could track him down, his knowledge would be very salient.

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