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Old 05 April 2016, 13:38   #11
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She read the MOB article in Powerboat and RIB mag and now wants to train the family.
I think there is some reasonable logic there. RYA will teach 8 yr old under supervision, but 6 is probably too young. However I think you have pull start - can they manage this? However first step is probably to get Mrs Stig's confidence up.

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I agree with this in principle, however, I would not expect (or want) my 6 year old or 8 year old to take the helm, re start the engine, and perform MOB drills if dad ends up in the water and they're on their own.
I think i'd be happy with my 8 yr old this summer (but not last year). I'd be happy for my 12 yr old.

However until they were old enough their briefing has been:

(1) If the kill cord has not worked - pull it, or put engine in neutral.
(2) Press and hold red button on VHF [before we had a fixed set they knew to hold button and shout mayday several times - I didn't bother briefing them in proper process].
(3) Find the throw rope that usually lives under the seat, clip the end to the boat.
(4) Throw it as far towards me as they can - they enjoy practicing this.

However I think its much more likely that one of them or Mrs P slips over, than me going MOB at speed. So I think it is more important that they understand how they can help when there is still an adult on board. e.g. pointing at the casualty, staying calm, knowing where to sit when casualty coming back on board etc.
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Old 05 April 2016, 13:55   #12
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From 6 years old I've been having mine on the helm regularly, by 10 they could pick up a bottle of coke from the water!

They know that if I'm not on board and there is an issue they puch the red button and wait, teh older of the two knows how to pull the flares and the younger one knows how to use the manual fog horn. It really does make a noise and most of my boating is in populated areas - some one will investigate.

They are both competent at throwing out the anchor and killing the engine.

More importantly I'd be happy for the 11 year old to get the boat home, under control and although may not be able to come alongside nicely, she'll be close enough for help to be there.

The 7 year old? He'd point us in the right direction and hope however by the end of this season, he'll be able to get us home too.

I find little and often, keep reminding them of the boat basics and take time coaching them on steering, then throttle, then both - if nothing else it's worth a giggle and the bouys in the sound make great markers for them.
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Old 05 April 2016, 14:02   #13
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RYA courses powerboat level 1&2 for children from 8 years upward worth doing.
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We have kids as young as 8 doing RYA Honda Challenge. But I agree 6 is too young to be thinking of them controlling a throttle to get back to you. Them hitting the red button on a DSC seems very do-able. A PLB is a little more complicated to operate (deploy aerial, slide switch, hold in button, hold it upright) and doesn't have the reassurance of a response?

I'd have the PLB on you and the DSC on the boat...

Think about things like can they give a position? A PLB sorts that but it has a long lag time. So they dial 999 from a mobile and say "Daddy has fallen in the water" and the CG says do you know where you are... you've trained them well and they say "No but I'm activating the PLB" and there will be a very nervous wait while they get a pos. Hitting the red button would be much quicker, plus increases the chance of a passing boat coming alongside and putting things right for you...

8 year old should be able to be tough MOB but would I want them to use it in anger...? I guess it depends where I am and if I'd rather wait an extra 15 mins for an ILB to get me or if I'm waiting an hour for a chopper to come and rescue me.

Worth remembering the situation that MustRIB found himself in was quite different to the situation you are likely to be in with kids on board.

The Mrs should be able to do MOB but if not should be trained to use whatever comms you have and give position info.
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Hi Stigomery

I've thought long and hard about this.
We started ribbing last year with 9 and 11 yr olds.

By the end of the season, after slow and steady discussions about how to deal with me being the MOB, both could restart engine, assess wind direction, use 1200 rpm limit, circle around, into wind(ish), get near and cut engine. Driver between mob and engine. Same routine every time.

One is much more natural than the other but both can do it.
We practice with a fender, just a couple of goes each max in an outing, before we do something else.
Its good fun and develops their abilities from an early age.

I also carry plb (ever the pessimist ) and this year we have dsc so thats the next piece of the puzzle.

I'd say 8 is as young as I'd expect to grasp the full concept but we all know our own kids best.
Get them working as a team.
Having a plan is the most important thing, maybe even write it down and laminate it for them.

As said here already, getting some basic training for your wife is the simplest way to enhance your safety.

Our new season starts in a few weeks so it will be interesting to see how much they remember. .....

I discussed this with my Dad recently and he was amazed, considering we never considered MOB never wore lifejackets, although we did own some, let me off in a tiny sib with tiny outboard in a fast river etc etc.
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I think there is some reasonable logic there. RYA will teach 8 yr old under supervision, but 6 is probably too young. However I think you have pull start - can they manage this? However first step is probably to get Mrs Stig's confidence up.

I think i'd be happy with my 8 yr old this summer (but not last year). I'd be happy for my 12 yr old.

However until they were old enough their briefing has been:

(1) If the kill cord has not worked - pull it, or put engine in neutral.
(2) Press and hold red button on VHF [before we had a fixed set they knew to hold button and shout mayday several times - I didn't bother briefing them in proper process].
(3) Find the throw rope that usually lives under the seat, clip the end to the boat.
(4) Throw it as far towards me as they can - they enjoy practicing this.

However I think its much more likely that one of them or Mrs P slips over, than me going MOB at speed. So I think it is more important that they understand how they can help when there is still an adult on board. e.g. pointing at the casualty, staying calm, knowing where to sit when casualty coming back on board etc.
Absolutely agree on this Poly, sometimes, doing the basic safety briefing and rope throwing is better than the cruising.

Get the Kids, and the wife, involved as early as possible, it then becomes a "family" boat, not another of daddy's toys
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Get the Kids, and the wife, involved as early as possible, it then becomes a "family" boat, not another of daddy's toys
Which then means you just HAVE to buy a bigger one so you all fit comfortable
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Which then means you just HAVE to buy a bigger one so you all fit comfortable

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Do you have a ladder to get back in because that isn't very easy.
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Do you have a ladder to get back in because that isn't very easy.
yes - on the back of the transom
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yes - on the back of the transom

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Yeh sorry that was aimed at STIGOMERY.
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