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Old 12 October 2009, 08:02   #31
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Old 12 October 2009, 08:37   #32
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Originally Posted by Observer View Post
Surfing a following sea in a RIB is great fun, once you've got used to the sensation of being 'picked up' and carried by the wave. There are ribbers here who are more expert than me but these are my tips.

1. Pick a speed that is either slower than or faster than the speed of the waves BUT, if faster than the waves, you must have power in reserve. If not, then go slower (slower than the waves is probably better until you have more experience).

2. The danger in a following sea is broaching, that's being turned by a wave so you're beam on. That's why you need the power in reserve, to straighten the boat up if (when) a wave starts to turn you.

3. As you start to climb the back of a wave (either because you're chasing it or if it catches you up), add power to keep forward momentum and tracking straight BUT, as soon as you're at the top, reduce power or you'll fall off the front and stuff into the trough below (submarining) - not good.

4. Hand on the throttle at all times because you need to respond quickly to keep everything under control.

Thanks Tim - thats really useful information - it was certainly an odd feeling - one I'm used to in a canoe but felt different again in the RIB. Was almost fun after we'd done it a few times but felt like you had less control over the RIB - that might be imagination rather than fact though.


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