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Old 01 September 2010, 07:10   #131
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To slightly change tack on this "Cowboy", I was there 3 weeks ago. I didn't think about the lifejackets, I was more concerned by the speed that he left and entered the cove. Many boats were anchored there, but that didn't stop him zooming in and out at a good rate of knots, causing disturbance to all!! What I was most amazed about was on leaving, there was a big group of canoest (spelling?) under instruction. At the time they were paddling across the entrance. Like most people, we slowed to let them pass, no stress. Except for the Cowboy who Didn't slow down, or give way to them. I know that several people have complained to him about his speed, and the fact that he thinks he owns the cove. Hopefully one day something offical will be done!!
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Old 02 September 2010, 05:50   #132
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I have seen that the same RIB is operating from Lulworth Cove for rides on Country File BBC, has anyone been down lately to see if the operation has changed?
I think we can be in very little doubt that a number of ribdotnet wardens, sorry, members, have been observing his operation, tut tutting under the hoods of their anoraks feverishly scribbling down their safety views on their clipboards.
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Old 05 September 2010, 07:29   #133
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goodness what a lively debate, i wonder if any of you have any veiws on the carrying of rakes by VIPs when i take them in with the Gorillas? LOL.... i have been visiting Lulworth for years and have close friends in the community there, the guys running this are very local and know the waters better than the fish, on the trips we have taken the sea condition have always been brilliant the trip was sedate and i never once felt ill at ease. I have been on the water for years and i am a very safety aware boater , I think you should all go for a spin.....but take your own rake!
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I had some dealings with this firm a couple of years ago and it was not good.

I had a young child on board my RIB who was feeling very ill and I decided the best action to take was to get them on to firm ground ASAP.
So I went into Lulworth just as the large yellow charter RIB was coming out.

In the cove is a small wooden walkway which is pushed out into the sea which is used by the charter company to load and unload passengers. On the end of this pier/walkway was a male who I now know was responsible for collecting the money and arranging the passengers to go on the RIB rides.

It may have been the wrong thing to do but as it was the safest location I was going to quickly drop off the sick child and one adult on this pier.

When I was about 10m off this money collector shouted "and you can f***k off, we pay a lot off money to use this and if you think you are coming in here you have another f*****g thing coming" he then said I would get a smack in the gob if I attempted to land.

What a nice guy, fair enough it may be private and I may have been taking a liberty in using it for 10 seconds (I attempted to explain what I wanted to do). However I take exception for the way I was spoken to with young kids on board and in earshot.
For this encounter I have no time or respect for this company.
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I may have been taking a liberty in using it for 10 seconds
May be but this is what being a boat owner is all about, helping each other out and everyone working together so we all have a good day out. If the boat was just on its way out then you're not going to intefere with their operation so what's the problem? I spent a lot of money and hundreds of hours building my boat as have many other people, we don't kick off when someone else moors up alongside in the marina and starts hopping across to the pontoon.

I'm half tempted to pop across the channel just to stick Martini II on his precious pier. I'd love someone to talk to me like that, with no kids around of course
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I'm half tempted to pop across the channel just to stick Martini II on his precious pier. I'd love someone to talk to me like that, with no kids around of course
Whilst your at it Matt, I know of a couple of precious pontoons in this area where you could also stick Martini II. One at Mylor Harbour, the other on the Helford river.

Next June eh?
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Old 05 September 2010, 15:07   #137
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whilst your at it matt, i know of a couple of precious pontoons in this area where you could also stick martini ii. One at mylor harbour, the other on the helford river.

Next june eh?
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Whilst your at it Matt, I know of a couple of precious pontoons in this area where you could also stick Martini II. One at Mylor Harbour, the other on the Helford river.

Next June eh?
268 days and counting
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The ferry operator that goes up and down the Medina, and back and forth from the pontoons to The Folly doesn't make his passangers wear lifejackets, and tbh, I've never seen a lifejacket on the boat.. (And after 10pm, some of his passangers can hardly be described as being sober..) Neither does the operator of the ferry that goes from Warsash to Hamble..
Did you watch BBC Countryfile last night?

The RIB featured on there, didn't have any lifejacket wearing passengers.

looked safe enough though.
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Just stumbled across this thread and felt even sitting at home I better put a life jacket on before I read it all. 8-), wow what a debate, am eager to learn if anything more happened, please someone update me, its hours to go before eastenders is on. Seriously though some very strong points made. I think having just read all the input I could sum up the thread as the following;

1. The operator does not conform to what would be called best practice safety operating procedures as used by the majority of operators of this type.
2. Rib community concerned by the guys procedures on safety grounds.
3. No one has asked him for his comments on this issue and people have felt the comments unfair as it may effect his business.
4. The law from what ive read says you have to have lifejackets on board but doesnt make it mandatory to wear them, kill cords are mentioned in guidance documents.
5. Regarding wearing lifejackets and other safety features they may be specifically requirred within the operators insurance requirements.
6. The amount of posts on this in my opinion is great, it shows people are passionate about boating and wish to to be a safe and pleasurable experience, we have all seen many idots on the water so the passion is understandable.

On a personal note I have personally rescued two canooists from just outside lulworth harbour who had fallen out and could not get back in and hence I think he should be careful of his speed, tourists who go canooing in that area are often very inexperienced.
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