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Old 28 September 2003, 13:38   #31
Country: UK - England
Town: Rochester, Kent
Boat name: Circe
Make: Tornado
Length: 5m +
Engine: Yamaha 50hp petrol
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 11
I've just spent a rather satisfying weekend running a safety boat course, watching the students trying to paddle a rib against wind and tide. In the end they had the idea of throwing me a line. It's amazing how quickly the penny drops when physical activity is involved!

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Old 30 September 2003, 03:30   #32
Country: UK - Isle of Man
Town: Douglas Isle of Man
Make: Osprey
Length: 5m +
Engine: Suzuki 70hp 4 stroke
MMSI: 235035776
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 288
Paddles - forget it

Last winter I had the unenviable pleasure of swimming/wading about 3/4 mile around the edge of a reservoir towing a rib (not mine) when the battery failed.

Sadly I had the drysuit on so I got volunteered.

No tide (it's a lake remember) - 10 knots of breeze, 5m Humber, big wooden paddles, 15 stone reasonably fit dad, 12 stone karate black belt, rugby playing 15 year old...........

Couldn't move it an inch!

Morals of story....either get an auxiliary (with pull start), or make sure that there are two ribs out at all times.

Oh and get a new drysuit so I can give mine to son so he can swim next time!

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Old 30 September 2003, 15:18   #33
Country: UK - England
Boat name: Won't get Fooled Again
Make: Ribtec
Length: 6.5
Engine: Honda 130
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 888
Originally posted by wavelength
With a bit of a wind and one person left on board they are purely decoration mate, just decoration!
AN I must say the crew on Red mist are very decorative!

I need a little bit of Rhythym and a little bit of Blues
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