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Old 02 June 2011, 12:27   #11
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Basically the law said you must use an anchor ball when your vessel is at anchor BUT some RIB owners will be glad to know that vessels under 7 m are allowed to not use one as long as they dont anchor near a fairway, anchorage or area commonly used by other boats.
So Basicly the whole of the Solent then
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Old 02 June 2011, 16:37   #12
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I was in studland bay today, weather was fab, anyway about 30 boats on anchor and no black balls anywhere. I don't think many people bother. If the thing about the insurance is correct I better put a ball up. I will prop ably look a bit daft but would rather be covered in case a head case on a jet ski goes into me while at anchor
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Old 02 June 2011, 17:13   #13
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im sure a black bucket on a mopstick or mooring hook tied to the a frame would suffice.

Both useful objects with a double purpose.
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im sure a black bucket on a mopstick or mooring hook tied to the a frame would suffice.

Both useful objects with a double purpose.
An anchor ball should really be in bow. A bucket above the A frame is going to look closer to one of the other dayshapes.

While people are not going to mistake your RIB for a vessel constrained by draft, that is the message you will be sending out ( i.e. a black cylinder displayed in a prominent position,as opposed to a black ball in the fore part of the vessel).

The black ball is not that practical for a lot of RIBs and small powerboats but I have seen a few boats that have custom designed a small pole/ball solution that can be easily attached/removed from the bow.
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One option would be to get a black ball and stick it to the flag pole holder which is part of my A frame.
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Does anyone display these when at anchor?
We carry these, fold flat and then tie to A frame or flag staff if needed
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I was in studland bay today, weather was fab, anyway about 30 boats on anchor and no black balls anywhere. I don't think many people bother. If the thing about the insurance is correct I better put a ball up. I will prop ably look a bit daft but would rather be covered in case a head case on a jet ski goes into me while at anchor
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