Originally Posted by lump1066
They showed the RNLI crew without one - am sure read on here before that the throttles are spring loaded - or am i just imaging it? If it is, whats the views on that? Not done enough RIBing to figure out if that has gotchas or not?
no spring loading - quite the opposite, in fact. Currently reliant on crew training, footstraps, relatively underpowered ribs, PPE, 90 degree engine immobilisation. Operating history probably supports that position, given the downside of accidentally losing propulsion in certain scenarios.
Fair to say I do things to a lifeboat (deliberately, and as trained) that I wouldn't do to my own for similar reasons.