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Old 09 June 2013, 15:57   #181
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Was in there today ...and yes while LJ's are not a 'requirement' .....I was amazed to see small kids at the front of the boat, on parents laps, no LJ in evidence even on the skipper and there were some decent sized swells he was running over .

Judgeing by the number of trips the thread doesn't seem to be hurting the business.

All will be fine ( until something goes wrong and then it very much wont be fine) .
...and did you perhaps question the skipper as to why life jackets weren't being worn, or are you just content to post your observations on here?

As you were actually there and are obviously so concerned, you were in a perfect position to challenge him. Why didn't you?
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Old 09 June 2013, 16:09   #182
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...and did you perhaps question the skipper as to why life jackets weren't being worn, or are you just content to post your observations on here?

As you were actually there and are obviously so concerned, you were in a perfect position to challenge him. Why didn't you?
No I didn't challenge him..I was on a boat at Anchor with no way to get to him.(and while I swam off the boat I didn't think I'd come across well asking him in my wet pants.)

And my observation is just what it is. It's legal for him to do what he's doing , but in my personal opinion not safe or good practice for a commercial rib operator.

So I'm content to post what I did. Have you ever operated or skippered a commercial rib Timw ?

oh I think the tone of your post is questionable...but that's just my opinion and are you not 'obviously concerned' with safe boating enough to comment?
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Old 10 June 2013, 11:46   #183
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I was out at Lulworth Cove, 2 Friday's ago 31st May, the wife even commented on the lack of LJ's on the rib.

What can you say, if its within his operating policy, and not against the law, and the clients are happy.

Just hope he doesn't have any issues !!
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Old 10 June 2013, 12:00   #184
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I was out at Lulworth Cove, 2 Friday's ago 31st May, the wife even commented on the lack of LJ's on the rib.

What can you say, if its within his operating policy, and not against the law, and the clients are happy.

Just hope he doesn't have any issues !!
I think the issue is that while it's not against the law, it's bloody dangerous, extremely irresponsible and the clients are generally not users of fast boats so know no better.
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Old 21 July 2014, 18:24   #186
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is he still at large
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Old 22 July 2014, 03:46   #187
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I believe so. Gets good reviews on trip advisor! Might take a ride myself next time I'm there.
(Take my own life jacket of course)
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Old 22 July 2014, 04:00   #188
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(Take my own life jacket of course)
The last time I stepped onto a coded boat wearing my own life jacket, I was made remove it and fit one of the operator's instead. You could try that - would put them in an interesting moral dilemma!
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The last time I stepped onto a coded boat wearing my own life jacket, I was made remove it and fit one of the operator's instead. You could try that - would put them in an interesting moral dilemma!
Lasy year I went on a corperate day out on a large sailing boat in the solent, the skipper didnt insist people wore a life jacket, I did insist that I wore mine and did indeed take my own one along, most people on that trip laughed at me but I didnt give a monkeys, would rather have one and not need it than not have one, especially on a sail boat where hitting ones head is an often occurence.

Last sunday I was going across swanage bay and spotted a small williams tender with three onboard going max speed across the bay, next minute I see one of the three fly out backwards into the water, I went over to see all was ok, she had a lifejacket on that did self inflate, she was rather shocked and wet of course but at least she was wearing one and it worked and luckily she didnt hit her head on the way out. Just goes to show you never know when you might need one, and usually its not when you expect to need it that shit happens.

So yes it would be interesting if you did turn up in your own life jacket for that trip, I expect it would worry the other passengers, ha ha.
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I believe if he picks people off a landing stage the land owner is also a responsible party and should have copies of insurance, licences, coding docs, etc. They might be considered partially responsible if something happened and he wasn't legitimate.
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