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Old 07 May 2007, 12:56   #1
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Hi all,
With summer fast approaching I am looking forward to the opportunity to get out of the RIB for a swim or a bit of wakeboarding but i was hoping someone may have a trick on how you get back in to the boat. Iíve seen a Thread about MOB drills but some seemed a little impractical especially if people are jumping in and out.

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Old 07 May 2007, 13:12   #2
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One option that we use that works quite well is to tie a loop of rope such that it hangs well over the side of the sponson into the water. This can be used as a make-shift step, whilst you find one of the grab-handles to pull yourself in.

Other advantage with this method is that even if you forget to pull it in once you set off, the loop is no-where near long enough to get tangled in the prop.

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Old 07 May 2007, 13:56   #3
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Rogue Wave showed me a way to do this although more for emergency situations when I did my PB2 course with him...Stand on the cavitation plate of the outboard and use the tilt switch on the cowl (if you have one) to tilt the outboard up with you on it!!

I cant say I've tried to do it though I weigh 17 stone so I dont think the power tilt would be to happy lifiting me and the engine.

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I've tried Rogue's method but without using the tilt switch. Just using the cavitation plate as a step worked, but not so sure all tat extra weight on the outboard is such a good idea.
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Rogue Wave showed me a way to do this although more for emergency situations when I did my PB2 course with him...Stand on the cavitation plate of the outboard and use the tilt switch on the cowl (if you have one) to tilt the outboard up with you on it!!
I take it that you have the outboard switched off!!!
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I take it that you have the outboard switched off!!!
Personally I'd only do it with the keys in my pocket (or at least out of the ignition), so I could be sure no-one started it accidentally.
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i have used the cav plate for years on all my boats and never known of any problems. if you think about the forces exerted on the engine when you are going along and jumping etc then the extra 15 stone is nothing i suspect

make sure you dont stand on the edge of the cav plate so as to break it!
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when i fell out of my RIB (search RIBnet ) i used the cavitation plate as a step. and i only had one shot at getting back in because the RIB was drifting faster than i was. the kill cord was still attached to my leg.

when wakeboarding & skiing (engine running) we always used to "roll" over the side but this needs helpers in the boat and a good solid grab handle attached to a seat somewhere. this would be very hard on your own.
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I have recently got a ' plastimo emergency ladder' -yellow thing in a bag - I have clipped it to safety handles - it sits out of the water till you need it - oull the release handle & it drops down about 3 ft into the water - well away from the prop even at speed . Can be used to clip all sorts of stuff to it so you can get in the boat & then get gear outof the water.
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I have a climbing sling permanently looped to one of the inside deck ropes . If iam in the water I can just pull myself up enough on the tube to pull the sling over and use it as a step.
It may not be so easy on much bigger rib though.
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