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Old 28 December 2006, 23:15   #1
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smallest permisable rib for coding?

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i have been looking through the forum over the last few days and may have missed it but cannot find the answer to my question...i see there are a lot of peeps in the know on here so hoping some advice may come my way

Q - i am looking to introduce a boat facility to my kitesurfing school that i operate. i teach from land like most people, but feel that on certain days, offshore kiting would be preferable

conditions for this i would insist would be less than 20knots (much less most of the time as teaching beginners!!) and a fairly flat sea state since the wind would be offshore. heading no more than 10 miles MAX from the launch, fair weather

so - size is a factor here, in terms of trailerability, affordablility and necessity. i would be taking no more than 4 people out, with only one student in the water at a time. this means cllients wearing wetsuits, BA's, and me taking two kites and two boards max

what then, based on the above, is the smallest rib i could get coded? would i even need coding if i am not charging any more for the boat lessons than the land lessons, and was just using the boat when it was needed, not as a selling point? i am aware that some schools are using jet skis for this type of thing...should i just get a jet ski?

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Old 29 December 2006, 05:14   #2
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Hi, i haven't had a chance to look this up but i think the answer is now 6m - but i could be wrong. I used to have our 5.6 Avon coded for 4 people and one of the key constraints that you will encounter is storage. A 6m with a few pods will do the job nicely and have space for the liferaft.

Feel free to post further questions if you can't find the answer on the MCA website. - suggest too you speak to John Fearnley at Mecal - www.mecal.co.uk. He's down your way and codes RIBs and will be able to answer you definitively

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Old 29 December 2006, 05:34   #3
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should i just get a jet ski?
Hi Mick

I wouldn't use a jet ski as the reliability, even on a new one would be an issue. There is a new code coming out for jet ski's I'm told.

I totally agree with Paul, anything smaller than 6m and you would have problems fitting all the kit in a coded boat.

In the RYA scheme, school boats are allowed to operate 3nm from a nominated departure point. May be worth checking if the BKSA (British Kite Surfing Association) have a similar agreement with the MCA.

When talking to MCA or Surveyors it may be worth pointing out you are more of a safety boat than doing trips etc. I'm told there is also a new code for safety/rescue boat coming out or may of come out.

If you are also operating commercially your are also entitled to about 50p a litre rebate of fuel.

Hope this helps.

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so - size is a factor here, in terms of trailerability, affordablility and necessity. i would be taking no more than 4 people out, with only one student in the water at a time. this means cllients wearing wetsuits, BA's, and me taking two kites and two boards max

what then, based on the above, is the smallest rib i could get coded? would i even need coding if i am not charging any more for the boat lessons than the land lessons, and was just using the boat when it was needed, not as a selling point? i am aware that some schools are using jet skis for this type of thing...should i just get a jet ski?

thanks in advance for help
H Mick
I think you will need a coded rib and 6m sounds about right depending on layout and deck space for recovery of the kite surfer and transporting your clients offshore as well as being suitable to provide safety cover for the activity.
You will also need if you do not already have all the relevant qualifications to operate the rib.Commercial endorsed Advanced Powerboat , VHF,First Aid and Sea Survival and Insurance to cover the activity you propose I would check this first as it may be too expensive to run this type of service.
Even though you are not charging anymore than land based tuition it is still a service/option you are offering your clients , so I think it would still come under MCA coding requirements .

I would do as Paul suggested and contact Mecal to see what you require to code the rib and if 6m is suitable also your insurers to see if it is going to be cost effective perhaps you may have to increase your pricing for this particuar service/option.
Good luck with it all and let us know what happens
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Old 29 December 2006, 09:00   #5
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thanks for info

thankyou for the replies so far

i have taken my PBL2 and will be upgrading that to advance level in a couple of months. i have taken the sea survival, VHF and day skipper theory too

i think the costings can be passed onto the customers no problem, as it will be a premium service

what concerns me still at this stage is that i buy a boat, and realise it cant get coded. i've tried reading through the MCS newsletter on codes etc...so i'll speak to MECA (sp) about the requirements of the boat

when you take the kitesurfing qualification you can only receive the award if you have a PBL2, as they feel that at some stage you will be operating a rescue craft. seems that if you need a coded vessel and commercial endorsments, then that PBL2 is a waste of time since once you jump in the boat to rescue someone you are breaking the law
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hi all

just spoken to someone 'in the know' at the BKSA - and he has concurred with the info you guys have kindly supplied so far, that kitesurfing schools will come under the coding regs

some schools havent been able to adapt to the change and so are using surf canoes or paddle boards as rescue craft

just about to give mecal a call and then will start looking for a boat

i'll let you know how i get on!

one more question - think i know the answer here though...a good friend has a nice motorboat down here, it's got showers, cooking, cabins for changing in etc...if he is anchored off near where i'm intending to teach, are the punters allowed to board his vessel for a shower or to change?
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when you take the kitesurfing qualification you can only receive the award if you have a PBL2, as they feel that at some stage you will be operating a rescue craft. seems that if you need a coded vessel and commercial endorsments, then that PBL2 is a waste of time since once you jump in the boat to rescue someone you are breaking the law
Your original question was not reference safety cover more an addition to what you already offer hence the need for a coded rib.


The BKSA realise that there boat training could be improved the pb2 allows you to offer safety boat cover for kitesurfing under the BKSA training programme but does fall short on actual hours spent doing rescue scenarios. Have a chat with Andy Gratwick BKSA Training Officer re this also why not come down to Poole April 21st for the Kitesurfing Rescue Seminar this has been organised specifically for you guy's with the BKSA RLSS UK MCA and open to RYA Instructors and Safety Boat operators will give us all a chance to put in our 2p worth and may even lead BKSA developing there own programme should be a fun day and a good chance to share knowledge across a broad section of water users
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thanks again for reply tim

i will admit that i am a little confused as to where the safety boat ends and the other boat takes over if you get me, and hadn't really thought about the differences. hence the toing and froing of my posts

so a safety boat that can operate under the BKSA with PBL2 at the moment would just be a boat sat in the water, ready to spring into action for the kiters kiting from the land. and it cant be used to move people about, as my original post describes - is this correct?
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so a safety boat that can operate under the BKSA with PBL2 at the moment would just be a boat sat in the water, ready to spring into action for the kiters kiting from the land. and it cant be used to move people about, as my original post describes - is this correct?
As I see it yes
one is providing safety cover from the shore to Kitesurfers who get into difficulty and who cannot self rescue.

The other option you mentioned is to take students offshore max 10 miles for tuition (a bit like a commercial dive boat )so you are carrying passengers to a particular place the awkward bit is that you also need to supply safety cover as well while the student is up in the air and then transport all the students back to shore after the session is over.You would need to clarify this with the MCA and the BKSA as this is only my opinion .
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hi tim and/or other knowledgeable chaps and chapesses

i've been talking to the MCGA regarding safety boat coding and have been forwarded a very long list - much of which i was surprised to find i understood!

but so many of the guidelines are vague. i was expecting a list of cat A B C and D requirements, relating to things such as minimum craft size, engine power, number of crew etc...the only figures i could see related to min. freeboard and transom heights

my problem is i don't want to buy a boat that cannot comply with the code. money is an inhibiting factor here. i am considering not going down the route of taking punters out to sea, and offering instead safety boat cover for the punters and events too to make up for it.

so basically, for kitesurf rescue cover, within site of land, covering either 1 punter at a time or up to 4 pro kiters (comp) can anyone offer guidance as to the following?

1) min crew required
2) approx size of boat
2) engine power

sorry if it looks like i am going on a bit, but after making many phone calls today i feel i am not much further forward and the best info rests here on the fora

i just need to know where i should start looking

thanks all, hope you all had a good new years
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