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Old 11 January 2004, 11:25   #1
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Boating Skills Practice

In order to better prepare ourselves for the forthcoming boating season, some friends and I are getting together to learn and practise, a series of boating skills.
The idea is that we meet up and, together, train each other, and enjoy the training by also spending time together in the evening over a drink and a meal.
Some of these exercises could be:
1. Towing and being towed. Can one person, on his/her own, do all these necessary things to take another boat safely in tow? What about two boats towing another (perhaps a heavier) boat? Towing side-by-side?
2. Deploying and recovering a sea anchor. Usage thereof?
3. Anchoring and anchor recovery.
4. Launching and recovering a tender from a RIB.
5. Mounting and using an auxiliary engine
6. Usage of various flare types
7. Correct mooring and springing methods (tidal and non-tidal) including some knots and other rope-work like splicing
8. Transfers at sea under way

And I am sure many others.
Can you suggest others for this list?
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Old 11 January 2004, 11:33   #2
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SEEMS RATHER A GOOD IDEA BRIAN . OH DEAR I SEEM TO BE SHOUTING

Ahh That's better. how about an electronics section, programming your GSP or HVF/DCS that sort od sftuff

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Thanks for that suggestion. Fortunately, we all have the same GPS/Plotter systems and we all reckon we are quite whizz at the nav. stuff.
HOWEVER (he said, shouting back), playing with the DSC side of things would seem to be a v. good idea now that Channel 16............(oh, no. Dont start that again).
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Hi Brian,

In light of last summers' events of people falling out of their boats, Man Over Board would not go amiss. Especially the recovery bit.

Can be extremely difficult if the crew are not on steriods!!

One good dry suited vollunteer needed though
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Old 11 January 2004, 15:03   #5
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Bloody good idea....

please let us all know how you get on. What about practicing different types of recovery i.e, driving on, winching on from the beach (rib out of the water on the hard) etc.

My fellow NWR found such exercises most beneficial last time out in bad conditions and although the aforementioned recoveries were forced they were a good opportunity for all of us to see how it's done.

Good luck and once again, great idea.
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I don't think Brian will be practicing anykind of trailer recovery with his 9.5mtr several ton of boat MeMe

DSC is a superb idea, i need someone to try out several functions of mine with - any of the SE lot got DSC? I also have the ability to 'request position' but have no idea if my plotter can display this infomation (i've wired it in).

Brian, out of interest do you have a donkey engine? What size and how does it mount to the transom.

This might be hailed a crap idea, but...

On some PW courses, for those that seam to be quite good at it and to make it a bit more fun i run a simple 'fault finding' exercise which you could adapt...

...i generaly use two boats, and disconnect either the a battery cable or the throttle link arm or something simple and then the "students" race each other to get the boat running correctly IE see who can diagnose the problem quickest - tests simple skills on items which could quite likely fail.

In your situation your friends could pull a fuse, disconnect a cable etc. and (suggets they watch to ensure it does not get dangerous) see how good you would be in such a situation...
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Nice bit of kit Dave, where are they available from?
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Old 11 January 2004, 18:26   #9
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But if you think about it you could jury rig this type of recovery system quite quickly using available rope on board.....

alternatively a jib off a yacht is also effective...
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Old 11 January 2004, 18:30   #10
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I thinks it's called a Jasons cradle, you can get em from Ocean Safety or you could make your own up.

Just one question Dave, is the wife going in or coming out?
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