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Old 05 April 2016, 07:59   #1
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Safety precautions - little people

So my wife is getting rather concerned about my upcoming boating adventures with the kids... She read the MOB article in Powerboat and RIB mag and now wants to train the family.

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.

So, what is the recommended common sense drill for this where young kids are involved (the, "when I were a lad we didn't have life jackets, phones, kill chords, etc." argument doesn't seem to cut it with the Mrs ;-)

Worst case scenario in my mind is weather turns nasty, dad falls overboard, knocked unconscious, kill chord slips and doesn't cut engine... (If we all end up in the drink that's an entirely different game)

Since I have the VHF on my life jacket it's useless to them. My suggestion is: drill them well in the cutting of engine procedure, dropping anchor, and get a PLB which they can be instructed in the use of. Mobile phone will always be in the boat and they will be drilled in the coastguard call procedure...

Does anyone have any further suggestions/advice?

They're both already familiar with using tiller engines and driving boats... But I wouldn't want them to in an emergency situation as described.
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It's a tricky one - with a 21st century health and safety hat on I would say the following:

You need another adult in the boat!

Or another VHF radio and kids old enough and responsible enough to operate it and/or helm the boat to effect a rescue.

Goes without saying that you as Captain have the responsibility not to put people in danger and must therefore exercise extreme caution re' weather/conditions etc.

[takes off hat]

But a bit of adventure is a good thing - and I must confess that I have exactly the same boating set-up (son is 12 although we have been out alone since he was 8 or so) so we are all guilty of taking "risks"...
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Think you can get Handhelds with integrated DSC and GPS, possibly a backup in the boat that just needs a button pressing in case of emergency
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Think you can get Handhelds with integrated DSC and GPS, possibly a backup in the boat that just needs a button pressing in case of emergency
So I guess there is one of my decisions... PLB vs VHF with DSC & GPS

I already have a VHF with DSC & GPS that could be left in the boat (I normally wear it on my jacket) but in a panic I think the kids would be better with a phone and PLB - less to think about/more familiar with phone - and it leaves me in control of the VHF as the likelihood of my being knocked out from falling overboard off a SIB is minimal.
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Where is most of this family boating likely to occur?
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Where is most of this family boating likely to occur?
I'd say 60% East coast - Kings Lynn to the Thames; 10% inland waters; 20% South West, Devon/Cornwall; 10% Scotland/N.Ireland

Never more than 2-3 miles off shore.
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Do the RYA do courses boat wareness basic boat handling kind of thing to make her happy.

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Do the RYA do courses boat wareness basic boat handling kind of thing to make her happy.

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Have you done PB2? There is a PB1 one day course rarely run as most do pb2

Get her on a PB2+ vhf course
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