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Old 28 June 2018, 21:46   #1
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How to deal with a flipped SIB and righting it correctly.

The SIBing season is in full swing. . . Take care out there

It's looking like a good season ahead with weather like this so far!

Last summer my boy flipped his sib and although I had talked him through how to right a SIB and showed him the videos on YouTube he had never been out with me when I had flipped one for real. (I always took care not encounter such possibility with him in my boat) but when I got him his own SIB last year and he was out with me in his lightweight SIB and giving it, it was only a matter of time lol So when he flipped it he was a little shook up and his training didn't kick in, I had to right it for him, once we got back ashore and I had hosed out the engine with fresh water and left it drying, I took him and the SIB back out to the shore line for a good few hours practice righting his SIB, He loved it and has mastered it! His the age to go off on his own in his SIB within my sight and I have no worries he can't sort out a flip with or without me because we still go out if there's a bit of a chop! Well Under 2 meters of course for our SIB cat C ratings

Uneven weight, to many passengers, a swell and other unforeseen events can easily flip a SIB!

First off make sure you got a line pre tied to one side of the grab line or handles, of your SIB.

Once flipped. . . .

1: swim to your SIB.
2: climb on top of it via the transom, climb up the engine if you have to!
3: stand up on the SIB.
4: untie and grab the righting line (you can tie a loop as a handle) that you've connected to the grab line, stand on the other tube that the line is not attached to and fall back, your body weight will flip the boat over, try to fall away from the boat because the boat WILL fall on you, try to fall in a lying position so your head is well away, don't fall in a standing position, I've had a few bangs on the head from oars and their mounts hitting me in the head when falling into the water in a standing position.

Once you've done it a few times you can learn to jump well away at the last minute as I do where as my boy was still falling clumsily into the water near the boat as it comes over with a whallop even after a good few practices. . . . But at least he can do it! see last picture where I jump well clear at the last minute, don't forget not just the boat but also all the tied on kit, fuel tank etc will come over with a lot of force! I was in a friends old 4mtr ex navy black zodiac once that flipped it took all 3 of us and our weight to flip it back over, and we only just managed! the boat engine and kit weight was literally a ton lol all the extra thick ply wood flooring he had fitted to take more weight fell out also!

Point to note. . . if you flip, get straight to the fuel tank or outboard internal tank and shut the vent, before you get on the boat to right it, always do this unless you need to get out the water fast. I've started many a dunked engine by just keep pulling and pulling and either it will start or it won't, (if you have not got a spark plug remover, pull the plugs and pull the pull cord 5 times, if not just keep pulling) But you won't start it at all with water in the fuel.

Well worth practicing, the weather and chop can change in minutes!

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Old 29 June 2018, 16:46   #2
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How to deal with a flipped SIB and righting it correctly.

I had assumed someone else would have something to say about this. Perhaps they have Lee on ignore, or like most of us helm sensibly enough that they havenít built up a belief they are experts in righting sibs! Still I feel we canít let this thread go without some comments in case any inexperienced people find themselves trying this.

1. First step should probably go call the CG. Whether that is a Mayday, a PanPan, or a just for information. Will depend on your location, position and the proximity of danger/safety. Because, if 20 minutes later youíve still not got it upright and are too tired to get back on the hull you may have a real issue, but equally if you confidently have the situation under control byestanders on the shoreline donít know that and are likely to call 999. (If you want to practice this it would be a good idea to let them know too)

2. When you want to right it it will help to understand how/if the wind will help/hinder depending if you decide to stand on the port/starboard tube. Rarely will you flip a sib in conditions where that is irrelevant.

3. Trying to restart a submerged engine that may have water in the cylinders can cause serious damage - the rnli and zapcat guys who are really the masters at post immersion restart remove plugs.

Thereís probably other points worth highlighting - but really if you expect to need these skills then practicing as Lee has done makes sense, but it might be worth finding someone with experience to help you. We covered the theory on my PB2 course but I donít think itís on the actual syllabus.
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Or..............

Do an RYA "Sea Survival Course".

You'll be taught how to right a life-raft in the safety of a swimming pool and if the need ever arises (and it really shouldn't) simply apply the same technic to righting a SIB.
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if you have not got a spark plug remover, pull the plugs and pull the pull cord 5 times, if not just keep pulling
Huh?

If you don't have a plug spanner - remove the plugs?
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I think this is really important, we were out on a lake last week and if l somehow flipped the rig on to its back we’d be in some trouble if we couldn’t right it.
I have no radio only a phone which may not work although it’s supposed to be waterproof
Watching the video and looking at the pictures posted by the OP means at least l have a chance of doing something.
As my wife would also be in the water we would rely on somebody seeing us . And Coniston Lake was pretty quiet at the island end when we were out one evening.
We do if course wear lifejackets and it’s unlikely l would flip the boat at the lake speed limit of 10mph.
But still good to know there’s something l could do.
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Huh?

If you don't have a plug spanner - remove the plugs?
I think he meant pull the plug caps off so there is no spark. Turning over the engine will remove a small amount of water without causing damage. If the cylinders contain a lot of water, it will cause damage.

A plug spanner is something that everyone should have on board anyway ó not for when you flip, because you shouldn't expect to flip if driving sensibly in sensible conditions ó but for when the engine fails to start and you may wish to check, change, or clean the plugs.
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I'd work on the assumption that if you're close to flipping a SIB you're experiencing a perfect storm scenario, which means poor sea conditions and/or insufficient experience which could result in you capsizing.

It's rare, not that it doesn't happen, but my experience is you're more likely to fall out by accident hitting a rogue wave or miscalculating a manoeuvre or a mixture of both.

Right now sea temperatures in UK waters will be around 10-13įC depending where you are. Some deep inland lochs could be even colder, so cold water shock is your first issue. Even with a wetsuit or dry suit, it's no fun being in the water unexpectedly.

Came across this on YouTube. No life jacket, sitting on a bench seat without locking feet under the SIB tube and no killcord that I can see.



Poly's advice on CG is spot-on. Account for everyone on board a put the call in immediately with a hand-held VHF which should be part of your personal kit. You can spend time righting an inflatable boat, but that's based on experience and sea conditions and lose valuable time if conditions deteriorate.

Everything loose in the boat is now in the water in a capsize scenario, so use dry bags and ensure they're strapped to hand holds.
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I think he meant pull the plug caps off so there is no spark. Turning over the engine will remove a small amount of water without causing damage. If the cylinders contain a lot of water, it will cause damage.

A plug spanner is something that everyone should have on board anyway ó not for when you flip, because you shouldn't expect to flip if driving sensibly in sensible conditions ó but for when the engine fails to start and you may wish to check, change, or clean the plugs.
But if cylinders have water in them (you have no way of knowing if thy do or not with plugs in) and you turn the motor the over your still likely to damage as you canít compress the water....... jetski have Sticker on the back showing whic way to turn them if they capsize so cylinders dont flood, do outboards have the same? RTFM time
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But if cylinders have water in them (you have no way of knowing if thy do or not with plugs in) and you turn the motor the over your still likely to damage as you canít compress the water....... jetski have Sticker on the back showing whic way to turn them if they capsize so cylinders dont flood, do outboards have the same? RTFM time
The danger isnt the water immediately in the cylinders as you wont be able to turn the engine. The danger comes when you pull it over and suck the water into the cylinders from the intake area you then have momentum in the engine and can snap conrods etc
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