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Old 28 July 2009, 16:36   #1
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Advice for a newbie

Hi there, I would really appreciate some advice regarding my maiden voyage this Friday to Ullswater with my new SIB. It is a Honwave 3.8 ie with a 15hp (4 stroke). I also have just bought a road trailer but apart from life jackets, ropes etc dont have any other kit such as launch trolley wheels etc.
Has anyone launched from Ullswater? If so where is the best place?
Also any advice regarding boat set up? There is me the wife and two kids aged 10 and 8.

Any help would be much appreciated

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Old 28 July 2009, 16:51   #2
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Welcome to Ribnet - it's mad.

As a foringer, I can't advise re Ullswater but the following general advice may assist.

Keep the civilians warm, dry and fed. Assume you'll be out for a few hours every time you leave the shore.

Keep your charged mobile in a freezer bag (or better) on your person

Wear your killcord all the time when under way

Some kind of small anchor and line wouldn't go amiss - maybe you have this?

Teach the family how to fetch you back if you fall in - my old man made me do my first MOB sim when I was 9 - great fun and never forgotten!

Good luck
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Old 28 July 2009, 17:00   #3
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Welcome to Ribnet - it's mad.

As a foringer, I can't advise re Ullswater but the following general advice may assist.

Keep the civilians warm, dry and fed. Assume you'll be out for a few hours every time you leave the shore.

Keep your charged mobile in a freezer bag (or better) on your person

Wear your killcord all the time when under way

Some kind of small anchor and line wouldn't go amiss - maybe you have this?

Teach the family how to fetch you back if you fall in - my old man made me do my first MOB sim when I was 9 - great fun and never forgotten!

Good luck
Excellent advice ,you will defo want an anchor with a good length of rope that is your brake so to speak ,have you got oars for back up if engine breaks down? spare fuel tank? ,really you want to know what you are navigating on ,do you know the different depths of water? flares are a must aswell sorry if im going on a bit ,but these are very inportant factors and there are a lot more things also that im sure the good people will remind you on here ,compass ,a chart e,t,c
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Old 28 July 2009, 17:04   #4
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mmm dont open it right up until your used to how it handles. take it slowly for an hour or so
nothing worse than "flipping it" arse over tit it can be funny but not recomended with wife an kids. (unless its my wife in which case ill lend you a concrete block to tie to her then flip it)(((joke
if your kids are small then get them to sit on the floor NOT the tubes unless you have seats, MAKE SURE they hold on AT ALL TIMES and put extra eyes up your arse because you will be suprised how far you can get before you realise one is missing
above all relax and enjoy it its not as daunting as it seems
And belive me no matter how much of a novice you are NOBODY will laugh at you, probably wont even take any notice of you uless you need them
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Old 28 July 2009, 17:08   #5
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(unless its my wife in which case ill lend you a concrete block to tie to her
i c wut u did there
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Old 28 July 2009, 17:16   #6
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OUCHHHHHHHHHHH
so did wifey
Thats me on the sofa again
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Old 28 July 2009, 17:16   #7
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Welcome to Ribnet

There is a good slip on Ullswater here:

http://www.boatlaunch.co.uk/default....redfilterid=10

Transom wheels would make life easier, but you do not really want to be faffing about with them when you only have a few days before you go - something to consider for the future.

There is a 10mph speed limit on Ullswater - I don't know how strictly it is enforced, but as already said, take it steady until you are used to the boat.

Is it a brand new outboard? If so, it will want to be run in (ie limited throttle openings for the first 10 - 20 hours (as per the owner's manual).

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Old 28 July 2009, 17:44   #8
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Thanks guys

Thanks for the replys.
The boat comes with oars, and I do have walkie talkies where I plan to keep in touch with someone shore based.
I also have a decent length of rope but NO anchor.

will this be a big problem? I was hoping just to tie up if I got out of the boat.

Best wishes

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yeah you dont need EVERYTHING straight away (others may disagree) its a hobby that you add to as you knoledge and experiance dictates
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Old 28 July 2009, 18:03   #10
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I'm glad you said that, as well as the Boat and Engine I have just paid out for a trailer, tow bar, lighting board and loads of other kit as well such as security locks etc.

Bank balance is not looking good at the moment

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