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Old 22 February 2012, 02:59   #31
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...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...
Please don't take this the wrong way but your post above really does show that you *need* to do the PB2 - it will cover all the above and tonnes more in reasonable detail as well as get you out on the water for many hours actually learning to handle a boat.
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Old 22 February 2012, 04:30   #32
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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.
The course is run by the RYA on behalf of the MCA who make the rules so not a money maker for the RYA , and yes you can do a exam only details are on the RYA website RYA ..
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Old 22 February 2012, 04:59   #33
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The course is run by the RYA on behalf of the MCA who make the rules so not a money maker for the RYA ,
So the 30 fee for sticking my photo on a flimsy bit of paper is paid to the MCA? It took them over a month.

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As far as I was able to determine the 'exam only' option only applies to existing SRC holders who need to upgrade to include the DSC capability on their radio. I may be misinformed but I couldn't find anywhere just running the exam, all the schools wanted their for the course.
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Old 22 February 2012, 06:00   #34
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In Wales? By who? Are people's freedoms to navigate UK waters different in Wales?
Ah yer see the difference is---
We got fire breathin Dragons etc
An on the Menai there are Sea Monsters an all sorts of Sand Demons that move sticky up bits overnight (beware full moons) an they look out especially for englanders from the Stockport area an UTD supporters an come out from behind rocks an go 'BOO'
An it's good to do Courses an that there, here cos it's always rainin an blowin an then the Singing
You gorra know the local bye laws too
Passing Port to Port on a Sunday has only just been allowed (Chapels for yer innit) an then there's the Eisteddfod RYA course
R. amming Y.achts A.lways
Well, only the furriners from west of Queensferry
Then, dont ferget, yer gorra have a leek onboard
An various safety kit which is generic innit
'Sospan Bach' - fer brewin up in an incase yer caught short
'Flares' in case yer abandon ship in Caernarfon an have ter be fashionable
'Telyn' (a harp) to make nice noises to the Dragons (bleedin difficult to stow on a rib I know)
Oh yeh an the VHF lingo is different
'Where were you goin, when I saw you comin back'?
Channel 16 always!
MMSI = MY Mam Said It
'Mayday' = Time to dance around the Druids stone
One short blast = I,m turnin to Port cos there's no beer left
One long blast = me horn is stuck
5 short blasts, a bit of pause an two long uns = Wales have beaten England at Twickenham
Plus them nautical terms can be different
'Bow' = when yer meets Shirley Bassey
'Stern' = The Ministers face
'Tide' =yer Grandad
'Flood' = when yer eyes fill up after winning The Triple Crown
'Outboard' = smokin on yer own outside the Pub
'Outdrive' = recoverin onto the trailer non stop!
'Prop' = big bloke
'Pitch' = where yer play Rugby
'Di ameter'= bloke who can't play Rugby
'Rubbin Strake'= hurty bit where yerv just been gouged by the big bloke
'Kill Cord'= needed for defence in Caernarfon
'Paddle' = alternative means of defence in Caernarfon
'Red Bouy'= Wales supporter
'Green Bouy' = Young Wales supporter (first at the Bar usually)
'Cardinal Bouy' = still goes to Chapel
'Special Mark' = English bloke sent to the bar first
'Wreck' = Italian captain
An so it goes on
See Boyos there's different by ere, innit
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You can sit the full exam at ANY RYA src approved school

70 for full examination
45 for conversion course

These are paid to RYA and the centre gets I think around 30 back for the modetating the exam.

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You're not wrong.

He bought a new flatscreen telly at Christmas to replace the one he'd owned for forty years. Nothing wrong with it apart from an annoying flicker every 10 seconds. But he said he wasn't going to bring the new one in til he'd had a bit more use out of the old one.

So I shot it with the loaded crossbow he keeps by the front door.

On carrying the old telly out, he slipped and cracked three ribs. (he was pissed by this time )

We spent the next week doing our best to make him laugh.

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