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Old 04 September 2013, 20:13   #1
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SIB Solo Safety Line

I have been thinking (a bad move) about the merit of using a safety line, in addition to the kill switch line, to connect me to a SIB in the event that I am tossed out of the boat when boating solo.

The way I see it inflatables will probably drift faster than I can swim and the safety line will at least keep me connected. Or am I being anal?
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Old 04 September 2013, 20:18   #2
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You'd probably wanna keep a knife on you incase you had to get away from the SIB quickly, if say the outboard and fuel tank caught fire........
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I think connecting yourself to a fast moving anything where there is a likelyhood of it and you parting company suddenly isnt a great idea. You could find yourself out of the boat and hitting the outboard whether still turning or not. Your probably right about the boat moving away faster than you can get to it if you come out. My solution is to go prepared, especially if you are boating alone. Get yourself one of those lovely Australian PLB units - the GME ones, and glue it to you to give yourself a plan B.
In the colder waters around the UK it would be a case of Immersion/dry suit as well, however you may need some shark repellant down under !
Take a handheld VHF also - doesnt hurt to have 2 methods of shouting for help. Maybe attaching 30 feet of line to you and the boat would be an answer, but to be honest I wouldnt attach myself to the boat with anything other than a kill cord.


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I have been thinking (a bad move) about the merit of using a safety line, in addition to the kill switch line, to connect me to a SIB in the event that I am tossed out of the boat when boating solo.

The way I see it inflatables will probably drift faster than I can swim and the safety line will at least keep me connected. Or am I being anal?
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Old 04 September 2013, 20:53   #4
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I'm with you there too-it'd be a pretty bad move to get ejected and end up with a line round your neck while the boat's still moving.
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...but to be honest I wouldnt attach myself to the boat with anything other than a kill cord.
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Old 05 September 2013, 02:50   #6
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Thanks for your replies. Yor comments seem to be unaminous and make sense. I will be unattached.

Although, sometimes I think that if .... No forget it.

Just remembir to wear my EPIRB.
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PLB is the way forward if you're solo and in the middle of nowhere, I'd never tie myself to the boat with anything other than a kill cord
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Old 05 September 2013, 03:12   #8
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Having a line connected to you probably increases the risk of getting tangled up in the boat or when ejected more chance of hitting the boat, I wouldn't advise it. Like you say best to wear kill cord and keep a personal epirb in your pocket along with a knife and also think about a handheld VHF attached to your lifejacket. That way if you get ejected youve got the epirb if no one is around plus the handheld VHF and if other boats are around you could do a pan pan on the VHF for assistance.
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If your in quiet open waters & your that worried about it
towing a long floating line behind may be a better option so that you can swim to that than try catching up the drifting boat , unless you can rig up a simple & safe system of deploying a parachute type sea anchor/ drouge to slow down the boats drift ,, I can think of a few ways but there's always going to be the risk of getting the line wrapped around a limb .

Best way is not to fall out or get ejected in the first place less risk if your inside the boat than sitting on the tubes/ sponsons .
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