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Old 12 January 2004, 10:33   #1
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Advanced course and twins!

Should twins experience be included in the new Advanced Course rather than just the theory.

Reasons for

It is potentially a commercial course. Practicing twins will mean that people will not be in the position by where they are driving twins for the first time with passengers, (possibly at night)

Twins handle differently at slow speeds and should be taught practically.

Twins are on allot of commercial boats and the RYA advanced ticket is a commercial qualification.

Provides consistency between RTE’s . Some teach the advanced in a 5m tornado with a small outboard. This is very different to a twin set up which is different again to an 8m + with a 300hp!

Reasons against

RTE's would have the expense of maintaining and running a twin just for advanced courses

The new outboards are so much more reliable that are twins needed anymore?

high speed is similar to a single (not the same)

what do people think both instructors and people that are looking to do or have done their advanced. I like teaching in twins!
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Old 12 January 2004, 10:58   #2
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No. If your talking about manouvering a boat in say in a marina then surely the technique is to have both engines running but only use one to drive the boat having the second as a spare incase one stalls etc. Why not have both driving ? well why make things complicated, tides, winds and a nagging wife are probably enough for most people to cope with.

But I take the point about the 5m tornado and a 8m rib. Common sence suggests people should learn on something similar to the type of boat they intend to use most freqently.

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Old 12 January 2004, 11:20   #3
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Interesting topic. I fully see your point of view with regards to teaching/examining for the advanced on twin. Perhaps there should be some kind of endorsement on the certificates for single/twin, with a "twin upgrade" on perhaps a 1/2 day extra if required.

I run a single, but have looked at running a twin. Twin would be a waste of time as to be honest the majority of courses are L2. I have in the past run L2's on a twin at another school. Its quite a handfull for a beginner.
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Old 12 January 2004, 11:40   #4
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Interesting thought having an endorsement. Yes I agree the cost of a twin which is only really suitable for the advanced is very high. But equally can you endorse someone to be competent in a type of boat that you have not seen them driving. They do handle very differently and this is a commercial ticket (ie passengers) Ideally both twin and single should be taught but the expense is higher. perhaps the new higherlevel advanced should be in a twin as well and the lowwer level be in either
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Old 12 January 2004, 13:29   #5
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Hi

We have few new ribs on order one is a 9.5m with twin suzuki 250hp four strokes, this is for teaching clients who are buying or have recently purchaed Twin Screw Gyn palaces. The other reason is i just want it to play in

The main subjects with in the new Advanced Powerboat Course will not be slow speed handeling, so i dont think it will make that much difference. Twin screes do handle slightly different at speed but in my opinion not enough to warrant all RTC's having twin screws.

Most of the commercial courses we do are for Charter Fisherman, and are not normally used to a rib anyway. We also do allot of work for North Wales Police - Ports and Airfield Squad - and they will all be doing a days close quarter handeling when the new twin srew Rib arrives.

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Is your rib coded for night use in non coded waters?
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Old 12 January 2004, 14:45   #6
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My view is no. Whilst in an ideal world you would teach on as many types of craft as possible practically it is not realistic to insist all schools have a twin engined craft.

To sign someone off at Advanced (and in due course for them to pass the commercial endorsement exam) an Advanced Instructor/Trainer must have confidence that the student is a very capable powerboater and sensible/safety concious with it. If an Advanced Instructor has signed off someone and taught them theoretical twin handling i would be pretty confident that that person faced with a twin engined craft would take the time to get to know the craft and its handling foibles. Even if they stepped straight to the helm then that person will be able to make a pretty good show of themselves even if they've never driven a twin engined installation.

Also, at much less than 1m drive separation the effect of having twins is materially diminished - which is an issue on the smaller craft. I advise people to keep it simple and use the outside/one engine when slow speed handling until they are in a craft large enough for the effect to work well.

If i'm approached by people wanting to helm a gin palace with twins, a bowthruster and serious windage then they should proceed via the Motor Cruising Scheme rather than the Powerboat Scheme as i'm not convinced learning twin screw handling on a 9 m RIB compares with doing it on a 40Ft Fairline. Sadly don't yet do this so we send them elsewhere.

That's my twopennyworth

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Old 12 January 2004, 17:23   #7
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I did my advanced course on the Clyde. It included twin engined RIBs, large yacht under power (berthing,unberthing), twin engined workboat (about 10m) and various single engined RIBs.
Maybe I got an even better deal than I had thought reading through this.
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Old 14 January 2004, 10:27   #8
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Rupert Bear,

I am just about to arrange my advanced course, was looking at doing it at the National Watersports Centre on Cumbrae.

Would be interested in where you did at as it looks like it covered more than just a RIB. Also interested in cost, Cumbrae are charging £130 for the 2 days.
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Old 14 January 2004, 12:12   #9
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Cumbrae are charging £130 for the 2 days.
They arn't making much money then!!!

Are you sure this is for A course and not an Assesement????
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Spoke to them on the phone yesterday. The cost is for the course. They charge the same for the Level 2
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