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Old 12 January 2004, 06:26   #21
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Good idea

Ah so that'll be Mr Garside, Mr Micklewright and your goodself then!

I think a key thing for your size boat, particularly for singlehanded work is using springs and warps to help you come alongside and leave a mooring in different types of conditions. (e.g. wind onto the pontoon, wind off, bow mooring, stern mooring etc.)

Trying the auxillary outboard has also got to be a must although I would tend to agree with you that its not going to do a lot on a boat of cyanides size! But at least trying to get it out of the engine box, mount it (fnarr fnarr) and get it going without a) putting your back out b) dropping it over the side or c) dropping yourself over the side might be instructional to say the least!

Trying a sea anchor is also a good idea and might surprise you. I found the sea anchor I had on Yellow Tang and Blue Ice was not nearly big enough for the job. The bow tends to weathercock down wind (especially on the Scorpion) and the only way to get it to work was to raise the outboard so the stern had less grip on the water. Not an option for you I think. Lying with you bow to the sea really makes life more comfortable. Beam on to a sea stationary is sea sick territory as I think I have comprehensively proved in the past! The real thing with the sea anchor is slowing your rate of drift - maybe to give you time to rig that aux outboard!!

Towing good thing to practice too with the associated ropework - e.g. making up a bridle, deploying it, hitching onto the right tow point etc.

Finally what about a bit of SAR. Get one boat to go to an approx area, give position and then drift. Try and calculate which way the boat will go (current / wind) and use search patterns to look for. If you want to be really smart try it with a substitute manoverboard e.g. large fender.

Sounds like a fun couple of days!

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Old 12 January 2004, 06:27   #22
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Just out of curiosity sake

How do you actually put this net around someone who is at sea in distress and in bad weather conditions??
Looks good in the photo posing nicely by the lake but does it actually work in real life?
Any examples and how?
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Old 12 January 2004, 06:30   #23
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Can you not just drag them in like the rest of us?
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Old 12 January 2004, 06:42   #24
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This may come accross as flippant , bit I am being serious

Do you guys have a policy for getting yourself back in the boat after you have been chucked out.

I know Mike G is fairly experienced after his Bay of Biscay troubles but I don't think most Rib owners do get chucked out. when it happens it helps to have a clear idea of how you would get back in your boat.
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Old 12 January 2004, 06:46   #25
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Try GREEK RIB owners Stu LOLOL
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Fair enough Manos, but it's all together a more pleasant experience in Warm water.

Out of interest Britt was just watching Animal Hospital or Pet Fixers or something like that. The RSPCA were delivering a seal they had mended back to the sea in a RIB and they used a Jasons Cradle to put it back in the water
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Re seal news quite Interesting Stu!
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Do you guys have a policy for getting yourself back in the boat after you have been chucked out.
Daniel should be able to give some pointers in this direction, ask him about the TWO, yes two , DOB's (Daniel overboard) he has had to deal with!!!
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Hi folks

Think us in NW should put a day toghther as this all makes a lot of sence. Maybe wait for the better weather though.

If it does not work first time in practiace you try another way until you fimd one that works, when its for real you may not get another go

As far as getting back in the RIB, I stand on the outdrive leg.
Maybe not ideal but if you go over either the engine will stop (you will of course have your kill cord on) or someone can stop the engine before tyring.

Failing this A Frames make good solid hand holds the pul yourself back in.

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Good point, Rogue Wave.
The strategy for recovery (so far) is:
1. This will be done probably inside the Plymouth Breakwater.
2. My only route back in will be via the drive leg and the projecting bathing platform. Anywhere else on the boat-forget it, big time.
3. If that doesn't work I will have two boats standing by, each with two crew on board, and will recover onto their boat and sea-to-sea transfer back to mine.
4. This is not a high speed exit. Its an engine-off, hold your nose, gentle jump jobbie.
5. I will be wearing a drysuit, lots of warm clobber under, a lifejacket and carrying a strobe. Worst case I will drift, in company with the other two boats to something fixed to the seabed, like land. Sod the boat.

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