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Old 18 August 2008, 16:52   #11
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I am pretty new to this game but I started to think last night of what I would specifically do if the boat turned over in a rough sea.

As I see it I woudl grab my grab bag (complete with flare pack, fog horn, mobile phone (in plastic wallet)....

Inflate my jacket

Climb onto the upturned boat?

But then what ?..... are flares ok during daylight hours

I am not even sure which type or colour to use
On the flares question, it's best to also carry smoke for daylight use in addition to the candle type which is most effective at night - but can be used in daylight too. Most bought ready made up packs (coastal/inshore) are likely to include at least two of both types and maybe parachute flares too.

Colour for distress is red or orange (the smoke ones are orange). If you are talking to the Coastguard while sitting on the upturned hull, they may very likely ask you to pop one off as the helicopter/lifeboat approaches your position to help them more easily locate you.

White flares are to draw others attention - e.g. in potential collision situations at night. These tend only to turn up in the RORC flare packs where they are part of the requirement for offshore yacht racing.
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Old 18 August 2008, 17:33   #12
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NO!!!

Swim as far away from the vessel as you can, because if she goes down, you could well be sucked down with her.

You also need to try and avoid swallowing any oil that is likely to have leaked and will be floating on the surface.

Make sure you have your lifejacket on and that it's inflated.
I think you're confusing a 4m rib with a 30,000 tonne freighter! You may also need to beware of boxes of bananas bobbing to the surface and smacking you in the nuts!!
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Old 18 August 2008, 17:38   #13
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Don't overlook the opportunity to give the underside a quick scrub down while you're sitting up there, waiting for the good people from RNLI, HMCG, Venturers, etc. to turn up.....................oh and while you're there, check the torque on the propeller nut
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How about using something like this instead of a grab bag?

http://www.getyourselffitter.com/Pro...umbag_blue.htm

I've always wondered if there would be time to grab anything if the worst were to happen.


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OMG I think I just laughed so hard I crapped myself.

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Old 18 August 2008, 18:07   #16
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OMG I think I just laughed so hard I crapped myself.
Just had a whiff of steak and kidney. "Ginsters I presume"
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Just had a whiff of steak and kidney. "Ginsters I presume"
No, a whiff of crap would be Ginsters.
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Jon, might be worth getting yourself on a PB2 course. I don't think righting is actually part of the syllabus (although it was included in mine as a discussion - including looking at how to restart the soggy engine) - but the "what happens when the shit hits the fan" topic should be - including which flares etc. and the general philosophy of staying with the boat (keeps you out the water so warmer, and a million times easier to see from a helichopter/lifeboat).
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No, a whiff of crap would be Ginsters.
No, a whiff of crap would be a Ribeye.
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No, a whiff of crap would be a Ribeye.
In all fairness to that particular brand of inflatable watercraft, I think it is being damned by association, it's not the Ribeye that's full of sh1t.

Possibly we should be more sympathetic though, deliberately attracting that much public ire on a forum is a bit like self harming/cutting - 90% attention seeking, 10% serious illness.

It certainly appears to be addictive!
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