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Old 08 February 2013, 15:37   #11
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Is there not a speed limit on the Lower Bann?
Dunno - until recently they were allowed to ski on it...

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Old 08 February 2013, 16:43   #12
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Is there not a speed limit on the Lower Bann?
Good point - AFAIK there is no specific speed limit - Waterways Ireland just advise the following:

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You are asked to consider the wash of your boat and its effect on others. All engine-powered boats create a wave of water, known as a wash, which flows outwards from the boat as it moves forwards. Look behind you frequently to check the effect your wash has on other users. You are advised to reduce speed in narrow channels to prevent bank erosion, damage to reed beds and destruction of bird's nests among reed and bank habitats. Slow down where boats are moored, when approaching
quays, jetties or locks or where water activities are taking place.

Power-boating, waterskiing, and jet-skiing are allowed in designated areas only.

These are at Coleraine, Drumaheglis, Bracknamuckley and Aughahoy - with a max speed of 20 mph.
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Surely there's an 's' missing in the beeb's first paragraph?.. Makes it sound like he grabbed the back of her head and smashes it in to the boat.

"after he smashed her face against a pole"

Poor girl, but the majority of RIBs are exciting to be in, ergo a tad dangerous, by their very nature, surely? As the poor chap and his son found the other day. Now that was terrible. But it also shows that even with experience, safety taken in to account and situational awareness, accidents can and do happen.
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Scottsih Court Case- 9m RIB/Bench Seats

Just read through this-takes a bit of time!! Theres some interesting and important points raised.
This is why we have always gone for "proper" seats and not benches.

ROSEMARY CAIRNS v. NORTHERN LIGHT HOUSE AND CALYPSO MARINE, 07 February 2013, Lord Drummond Young

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Can't see if it would make any difference between them, unless they are shock seats.
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Can't see if it would make any difference between them, unless they are shock seats.
They are shock seats
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Worth noting here that Calypso Marine post on RIBnet...
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Good point - AFAIK there is no specific speed limit - Waterways Ireland just advise the following:

Your wash
You are asked to consider the wash of your boat and its effect on others. All engine-powered boats create a wave of water, known as a wash, which flows outwards from the boat as it moves forwards. Look behind you frequently to check the effect your wash has on other users. You are advised to reduce speed in narrow channels to prevent bank erosion, damage to reed beds and destruction of bird's nests among reed and bank habitats. Slow down where boats are moored, when approaching
quays, jetties or locks or where water activities are taking place.

Power-boating, waterskiing, and jet-skiing are allowed in designated areas only.

These are at Coleraine, Drumaheglis, Bracknamuckley and Aughahoy - with a max speed of 20 mph.
a very much under used river, been on it three or four times and have travelled it full lenght twice,

ski club at New Ferry and in the 70's & 80's powerboat racing was also held at New Ferry.

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I understand that shock absorbing seats will assist but, based on this case, it still might not have prevented the injury to this woman's back. The important point in this case is that we should all advise our passengers to use their legs in the first instance to shock absorb.

When I did my Level 2 P/B I was not advised by the instructor to do so. To me, mind you, it does seem to be the most natural thing to do without being told.

Also, how many times have we asked our passengers if they have any possible back issues before we take them out. My instructor asked if we had any health problems but did not especially highlight back problems.

In this litigious world we live, we could be leaving ourselves or our insurers vulnerable to claims and that is not a good road to go down.
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