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Old 11 April 2011, 11:17   #11
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Wow, some of you guys can be harsh....

The next time i get distracted and come alongside a bit hard or get caught out by the tide and have to abort the maneuver i will be sure not to post a video of it.

Surely the main issue was with the other rib driver's lack of throttle control and not the the fact that it wasnt a perfect berthing by the person who took the video? (who is also the same person who started this thread.... i do believe!)


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Old 11 April 2011, 11:54   #12
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Shame I've missed the tube footage!

However, a couple of weeks ago at the end of March I did see something that veered between the comical and the unbelieveably scary. Waiting to launch at Brixham, a family were trying to launch / get off in a sportsboat with a stern drive. Tide was low and the owner didn't want to scrape the gelcoat on the slip, so much faffing about getting everyone onboard ensued.

Next problem - how to get away, as the bow was still facing the slip & I'm guessing only the owner who was holding his pride & joy off the slip could drive it.

With the engine running (not quite sure who started her up) he turns her around, so bow is pointing seaward, much of this is done as he stands on the quarte,r about a foot from the stern leg. Then standing right by the leg he pushes off and climbs aboard by stepping up on the the stern leg itself! This was with a packed cockpit, and the engine running, I could easily see a few opportuniities to lose a foot or worse. Never seen anything like it.

Still, he was right next to the Lifeboat station, so it would have been OK!

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Old 11 April 2011, 13:55   #13
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Originally Posted by Anchorhandler View Post
Surely the main issue was with the other rib driver's lack of throttle control
Yep - everyone gets it a little wrong - going slow its not a drama. Going to WOT in there is nuts however. I've seen bad things happen in a similar situation..
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Old 13 April 2011, 04:56   #14
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It now says the video has been removed

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