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Old 30 June 2008, 15:23   #1
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5 tips for newbie rib owners

This weekend was my inaugural trip in to the ocean w/my new boat. I put 45 miles on the boat going up and down the coast, in less than perfect conditions.

Here are a couple things that i have learned.

5. You are definitely going to get wet.

4. Going in to a kelp field at full throttle, is not a good thing.

3. If you are going 20 knots and you hit a large wave, and think that the boat might be airborne, and you can look back and see your propeller is out of the water, and the rpms have increased a lot..............you are airborne.

2. If you are out in the ocean, in 4 to 6 ft. swells, and decide to stop to relieve your self over the side of the boat, hold on to something, because you will exit the boat quickly.

And the # 1 most important thing i learned this weekend is:

If the Coast Guard has issued a small craft advisory, this does not mean that the CG is advising small craft owners that this is a good day to take your boat out.

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Old 30 June 2008, 18:04   #2
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3. If you are going 20 knots and you hit a large wave, and think that the boat might be airborne, and you can look back and see your propeller is out of the water, and the rpms have increased a lot..............you are airborne.


Next one to remember-If you think you're about to take off then keep looking forward to see how hard you're going to land
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Old 30 June 2008, 18:19   #3
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2. If you are out in the ocean, in 4 to 6 ft. swells, and decide to stop to relieve your self over the side of the boat, hold on to something, because you will exit the boat quickly.
HA!!!

Many years ago I took a friend out fishing on the San Fransisco Bay in a Zodiac MkII. He got up to take a piss and I said "I wouldn't do that if I were you" he ignored me and as he let out a sigh of relief a VERY healthy ships wake rolled underneath us catapulting him over the side.

Best damn day of fishing I've ever had. lol!
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Old 01 July 2008, 13:33   #4
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[QUOTE=zip;254879]5. You are definitely going to get wet.
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Depends. I've done well over 20 miles on the Pacific side of the Monterey peninsula, and had not a drop come into the boat other than that brought back in when reboarding after diving. I've also had whitecaps drench me while idling out of the harbor (that was probably not the wisest choice of diving days.)


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4. Going in to a kelp field at full throttle, is not a good thing.
Depends on how close a view of the console you want. Actually, going into a heavy kelp mat at any speed is not a good thing, if you can avoid it.


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3. If you are going 20 knots and you hit a large wave, and think that the boat might be airborne, and you can look back and see your propeller is out of the water, and the rpms have increased a lot..............you are airborne.
Continuation: And chopping the throttle at that point won't do you any good.


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2. If you are out in the ocean, in 4 to 6 ft. swells, and decide to stop to relieve your self over the side of the boat, hold on to something, because you will exit the boat quickly.
paraphrase: You leave the boat much faster than you get back in. You also tend to be a bit moister on the reboard. On the other hand, at that point, it doesn't matter if your aim is off...


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If the Coast Guard has issued a small craft advisory, this does not mean that the CG is advising small craft owners that this is a good day to take your boat out.
Interesting. I've been out diving on lots of days where SCA's have been issued. To tell the truth, I rarely notice much of a difference between those and days where they're not issued.

That said, discretion is not a bad thing to have, either.


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Haa Haaa. Hey Zip! was a touch choppy wasn't it
I actually met a lady in the parking lot who was stocking up with provisions for her 4th July trip to Catalina.I only noticed her as she was towing an zodiac 640.
Made me laugh when she said the Zodiac is their tender for their motor yacht!! She smiled politely when I said I had Ribbed it over there! (Crazy English she thought)
So I told her to look out for you ,life-ring at the ready
Hope it calms down a touch for the end of the week; (touch blowy at the moment )
PS hows the back??
cheers Dal
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Old 03 July 2008, 09:00   #6
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Hey Dal,

my back was fine , but kidneys were a little sore.

tomorrow is the day.

i hope to post a trip report w/pics.

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And the # 1 most important thing i learned this weekend is:

If the Coast Guard has issued a small craft advisory, this does not mean that the CG is advising small craft owners that this is a good day to take your boat out.
Damnit, are you searious?
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LOL, if you getting wet on your RIB, get a bigger RIB, lol.
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My only tips would be to apply a generous amount of BarBQ sauce to each RIB!

Cook slowly, rotate as needed, and continue to apply the sauce until fully cooked.
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