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Old 12 January 2004, 10:17   #31
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getting back in anything other than a very small rib is not easy-try ski-ing for a while and then get back unaided. Its gets more difficult as the day goes on!
Try towing alonside for a practise day. This was taken in December and yes it is flat calm (and sub zero) - but we have used the techniques they are practising to put some quite big yachts onto their moorings in some fair old blows over the last few years after various yottie mishaps.
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Old 12 January 2004, 10:20   #32
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Old 12 January 2004, 16:27   #33
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Hi RW (or do you prefer to be known as Cher now?),

Seems you're progressing well with your lessons in gArfspeak.

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Old 12 January 2004, 18:12   #34
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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!!!
Noone noticed it mate- ha, ha!
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Old 12 January 2004, 18:15   #35
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TWO, yes two , DOB's (Daniel overboard) he has had to deal with!!!
Come on then, Daniel - you're obviously dying to spill the beans. We all know about one but what else have you been up to?
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Old 13 January 2004, 04:15   #36
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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.

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Smaller RIB than Brians but ..

If the engines off, and it will be (u were wairing the kill cord were u not) then up the back using the engine fin as a step and the life line/ A Frame as hand holds.

If u are in the boat and want to get somebody else in one of my fenders with rope attached to both ends hanging over the side from the life line makes a softer step.


Using the net stuff to get somebody in.

Attach one end of net to side of boat.
Have line/rope attached to the other two corners and float casulty into net then pull the two lines in effectivley rolling the casulty up into the boat. Not neccassarily good for injuries but far better than leaving them to dronw in the ogging.
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Old 13 January 2004, 14:55   #37
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Looks like I should probably try getting onboard the boat from the transom..... not sure how easy it'll be with the a-frame in the correct position to knock me out just as I step up onto the engine though

When towing another rib back from half way out to Skomer last Summer, we opted to tow it inline with my rib since there was a lot of current around which was causing a fair bit of chop and the two boats were moving around quite a bit. At the time, we used around 20metres of rope, and made sure one person was right at the back of the other rib to try and keep it going straight. Although we were only making 4.5knots, both boats were quite happy and with the line constantly tight, there was no jarring either. As we got back, I went alongside for the last bit of tow, and proceeded very slowly into the lock pits so as not to damage the tubes on either rib.
I like Dave M's pic there (nice angle between boats) - how do you find towing the larger rib with the little'n?
I've only got experience really with towing sailing and motor boats with the dory at work either into marina berths in gales or into the boat hoist.

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Seems to me you have two ways back in. Your boat has a nice low freeboard campared to mine.
Option 1. One foot on the cavitation plate on the starboard side, and wriggle up between the engine and with your back to the tube. Probably the easiest, esp. if you are tired.
Second option, esp. if you wish to impress the locals, is to grab hold of two of your looped ropes along the side of the boat, and then, with arms extended and after kicking your feet up so your body is as parallel to the surface as possible, give one good hard pull and you should slither up over the tube and neatly right into the boat. Impressive if you can do it in one, but tends to knacker you quickly after several failed attempts. Even more impressive if you are wearing twin steel tanks and a weight belt (but amazingly easy if you think Jaws is closing in fast behind you).
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Boarding Ladder

We have a rope ladder tied to the A frame. Usually it is tucked away inside the boat, but it can be reached from the water and pulled over to facilitate boarding if required.
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I had a similar rope ladder set up on Blue Ice. Stowed away in a nice little velcro bag and permanently fastened onto the A frame.
Jolly useful for climbing up into the trailer when the boat was ashore too! (Its a long way up on a 7.5m Scorp!). I assume Richard probably still has this intact.

Some experiences on towing. If you are towing out at sea then best way is definately a long line (the longer the better) and tow behind. If conditions permit and the towed boat still has the ability to steer with engine/leg then you can tow on the plane. (Assuming your towing points are up to it of course. e.g. use the bow eye and a bridle to two cleats or ski tows on your transom.)
Can recall Cyanide being towed at 20kts plus by Hot Lemon VI on the Hebrides cruise a couple of years back.

If the boat being towed has no steerage then much more difficult. When we towed a 4.8m ribcraft into Milford Sound from the middle of the Bristol Channel with a busted saddle we couldnt do more than 12kts before there was a danger of the towed boat broaching. Same thing happened when I had to tow a small yot (mini transat) into Lymington when he'd lost his rudder.

When in confined spaces alongside is def the way to go!
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