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Old 21 February 2012, 17:22   #21
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Well around my way anyone caught more than a few hundred yards offshore with no safety gear, would be escorted back to shore with a ticking off.
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Old 21 February 2012, 17:33   #22
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Traffic Warden RIBnobburs?
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Old 21 February 2012, 17:39   #23
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By the police usually or other port authority vessels, They can board any vessel to check if you got the right gear, I've never been stoped myself, but then they can see we've got all the gear, as it's all visable and easy to hand, including life rings on the Aframe, All life jacket'd up of cause.
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If you launch from Filey beach the carpark nobbur checks your gear to see if you can launch and that's only up to 15 hp
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Arrrh! Yer can go to sea in a bucket here and feck 'em wot objects. Some sinks and some floats. It weeds out the sick and the less bouyant. I'm surprised at you lot, slaves to a Nanny State...



P.S. Damn the one of 'em has a Short Cert. It's orl Roger this and 10-4 that good buddy, but they can fairly squeek when the water is lapping the auld crotch strap...
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Old 21 February 2012, 17:55   #26
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There's a time & place for banter, this thread doesnt strike me as being either....

(wow - some amber nectar & I get all sensible?)

Anyhoo, Lightning's concerns are very valid. I would definetly +1 the PB2 at a tidal location, and also the VHF. There is howerver a Plan B here - Pol correctly quotes £100 odd for the VHF. Do you know anyone you could borrow one from for this trip? (& +1 for tie it to you)

I would also tend to agree that although a VHF course is striclty the way to go, I had been using handhelds for years in rescue boats before I did my course with absolutely no training other than reading the book on the subject off my own back. Licences were covered by the clubs I was helping out, but I was doing it "by the book" some of the other "comms ops" were toe curling -"Roger over & out" etc......

Anchors can also be borrowed. Know any rock climbers? They get rid of their 100m ropes with reasonable frequency....

More than one way & all that. :controversialsmiley:


Edit: Wow. Amazing how slow I type whilst under the afluence.....
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I believe there's a course at Menai in Anglesey which I'm guessing would be "offshore" but mainly I just need some idea of the correct procedures.
How to pass other boats for instance (on the right I believe) but if it's a sailing boat aren't you supposed to pass in it's wake or something? and how to deal with engine failure away from shore (we do have oars on the SIB though)
How to deal with tides. I have no idea about this....
VHF radio, sounds like a good idea. I would not go far from shore though. And I will get some flares which sounds like a good thing.
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Well around my way anyone caught more than a few hundred yards offshore with no safety gear, would be escorted back to shore with a ticking off..
In Wales? By who? Are people's freedoms to navigate UK waters different in Wales?

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Really surprised at advice on here to not do a VHF course and just (try) to muddle through.
Actually thats not what I said. What I suggested was that if all the costs of this extra stuff for going to cause a problem that you could prioritise the VHF course lower than some of the other stuff. A good proportion of the course is not particularly relevant to a user with only a handheld VHF - and lets face it they aren't exactly rocket science. Anyone with the patience to read the RYA VHF Handbook or spend some time on the net could gain much the same knowledge. The practical part of using an actual radio is probably over hyped - there is a good chance you will never use the same brand of radio ever again so need to learn the specifics; from what I have seen most schools do it with the sending and receiving stations within ear shot of each other so the working radio is almost pointless; the focus is (perhaps understandably) on distress calling, so the things you might actually use the radio for more regularly are largely skimmed over - even though things like logging passage plans, position polling etc are features which would help people get the most out of their investment and potentially improve safety. Its a day of my life I will never get back and I really don't think I came away with any new or significant extra knowledge. I had heard good feedback about the course before I went and came away dissapointed that I had spend time and money for a bit of paper.

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I don't think I am anti-RYA per se (afterall I was actively promoting PB2 further up the thread). But in terms of the VHF course they have an unhealthy monopoly. The actual examination is a joke. Issuing the certificate costs £30, almost certainly profit making for the RYA - not simply providing a service for the boating public. You need to do a course at an RYA approved school to sit the exam (as far as I can determine there is not an option for someone to simply be examined). The course is relatively expensive for the complexity (compared to say a PB2). It stikes me it is more in the interests of the RYA and RYA schools that this course is compulsary, and relatively pricey than it is in the interests of the boating public.
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I believe there's a course at Menai in Anglesey which I'm guessing would be "offshore" but mainly I just need some idea of the correct procedures.
How to pass other boats for instance (on the right I believe) but if it's a sailing boat aren't you supposed to pass in it's wake or something? and how to deal with engine failure away from shore (we do have oars on the SIB though)
How to deal with tides. I have no idea about this....
VHF radio, sounds like a good idea. I would not go far from shore though. And I will get some flares which sounds like a good thing.
Well your correct about passing another small power'd vessel, You should pass port to port when heading toward each other making clear your intentions by steering to starboard in advance, Power driven vessels should give way to sailing vessels, and any other vessel with restricted maneuverability including vessels engaged with fishing towing etc. powered vessels should also keep to starboard when proceeding along narrow channels, These examples are just a few rules of the road, get a copy of the,( International regulations for preventing collisions at sea ) for full info,
As for engine failure, always make sure it's well maintained, and stay close to shore until warmed up proper, maybe carry a spare spark plug in a small emergency kit. Flares, VHF with licence all worth it and not to hard,
If your gonna do a job you just as well do it right
Your always best getting local advice with tides, plus learn how to read tidal diamonds on charts, Your probably best starting in a little bay somewhere, where there's others around, so you can learn from them aswell,
Go for it, Do the learning and you'll have hours of fun, Then you'll want a bigger boat.

[QUOTE=Polwart;446267]In Wales? By who? Are people's freedoms to navigate UK waters different in Wales?

Not at all, and i'm sure if they stayed within good shore range they would'nt be bothered, However we have a few thousand ton tankers travelling only a few hundred yards of the shores round here, And the tugs can't stop them in a hurry, theres been many a misshap where jo blogs decided to anchor in the shiping lane, then discovers his engine will not start, or his anchores caught all with a 200,000 ton tanker bearing down at 10kn plus,
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Safewater training in New Brighton on the Wirral provide brilliant RYA coastal courses.. Would highly recommend them..
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