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Old 12 December 2013, 08:14   #11
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Old 12 December 2013, 15:25   #12
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Thanks to everyone who has provided advice so far, really appreciated. I never go out alone, always have at least one person in the boat and really don't want to harm either of us or someone who may need to come save us!

I'm a novice boater but i know now that these aerotech's are very stable even in rough conditions and if I felt really unsafe I would head back! You have push things a little to find the limits and I really don't want to end up in the drink, if I can help it!

I would like to just go out a bit further and therefore feel that having the right equipment is vital, just in case. Heard too many stories of experienced boaters not making it back due to much confidence and not the right equipment!

Peter, we have met as I got a trailer off you in the summer and i would love to go out with another boat. Really want to do the around the isle of wight and back so up for that if you are next summer? I have a 15 2stroke so I will do my best to keep up!

I have life insurance, is that what you guys refer too? Didn't think I had to have boat insurance..... But will sort that if required?

I can swim ok but want a jacket that will keep me up should I go under in wavy conditions.

I have handheld VHF and am sorting a spare kill cord. Just doing my prep in time for the summer.....
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Old 12 December 2013, 15:27   #13
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Respect what you say boris... Which is why I am asking advice and getting prepared. Boristhenotsobold, hey! Lol
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Might be an idea to get some boat insurance just in case you accidentally run a swimmer over or ram a sunseeker ?
Doesn't cost much and most harbourmasters won't even let you launch without it.
And for wave jumping in a little boat I'd suggest a dry suit,(unless its a lovely day in July, but even then a wetsuit) a full auto hammar lifejacket and a plb and vhf etc, and I'd be testing my killlcord about every ten minutes !!!
Cos sooner or later you might flip it.
Not necessarily a bad thing as long as you can laugh and climb back in.
Practice righting the boat ??
Ask an RNLI D class crew about how to get the engine going again perhaps ?
Oh and tie everything to the boat.
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Old 12 December 2013, 16:31   #15
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Thanks bosun, what's a plb?
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If you can afford the 200 odd quid, I really would recommend one.
Come to think of it ..I would recommend one even if you cant afford the 200 odd quid!
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If you can afford the 200 odd quid, I really would recommend one.
Come to think of it ..I would recommend one even if you cant afford the 200 odd quid!
When I was asked what would I like for xmas,, and after your experience ,, it was a no brainier, I ave an old early version any way but things move so quickly these days,

As you know it's a life saver , thought of sitting in the drink all alone waiting to drift away to sleep, for the sake of 200 sods !,,
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@MustRib you should go to all the PLB manufacturers and ask for a cut for all the promotion you've done ;-) !!

@boris No point asking a D-class crew how to restart an engine in a capsize as they have specifically modified engines to deal with a dunking. If a normal outboard is dunked, especially while running (don't think you could be sure it would be stopped at that point) you can pretty much write the engine off.

ref-insurance - b aware that a mate out with you might be quite happy doing some risky stuff till their leg gets hit by a spinning prop when the fall overboard. Then they might decide to sue you for being careless etc. You can have all the agreements in the world before you go out, but loosing a limb will change their opinions! Added to that if you were to accidentally force a sunseeker to maybe go aground to avoid hitting you they will hunt you down and claim all the repair costs etc. Their lawyer's bill is likely to be more than your entire boat cost...
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When I was asked what would I like for xmas,, and after your experience ,, it was a no brainier, I ave an old early version any way but things move so quickly these days,

As you know it's a life saver , thought of sitting in the drink all alone waiting to drift away to sleep, for the sake of 200 sods !,,
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Respect what you say boris... Which is why I am asking advice and getting prepared. Boristhenotsobold, hey! Lol
LOL, yes your right I should change my name, I was bold when I first got a boat, but after so many years of experiencing or hearing what can go wrong, getting suitable training, responding to various incidents when people have got in trouble and just regularly seeing people in boats with no life jackets and no idea being stupid I am less bold now than I used to be. Safety first on every trip out is my motto now. The sea can be cruel at times and its not just the sea you gotta worry about its;

The sea conditions
The weather
The forcast
The tide
The state of your boat
Your experience and who youve got with you
Your kit
and other boats and how they are being helmed around you.


If your new to boating I would recomend doing soem training, Powerboat Level 2, VHF and first aid as a starter, then if your really into it day skipper theory would be a good solid grounding. Powerboat Training based at cobbs quay is a good place to train, good bunch of people, go in and have a chat with them, they can suggest soem courses to take. It does make for a safer and more pleasurable boating experience getting some training in, but it also might make you worry more as you learn the risks and what to look out for. well worth it though.

If you want to read up on what can go wrong do a search on internet for boating accidents and look at the maritime agency incident reports. Will give you an appreciation of how quickly things can go wrong and lessons to learn.

Boristhenotsobold. LOL.
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