Yes.... Its True!
My new RIB named "Flipper" was all new on friday.
We cruised on down to Caenarfon Bar to find the ruff stuff, well we found it. Wind over tide in about 3m of water. Most boat stayed in the calm (Shown Above), while me and my best mate in my new 5.7m boat, and Ribster Rache and Family in their 6.5 Osprey went to play in the big surf. I've been there loads of times in big seas playing on my own.
When surfing back down the waves we ended up on top of a monster breaker, while shouting ye ah and having a great time, the wave was deapening and catching up with other waves making it larger and larger. We were in to far to powerback so had no option put to carry on with it. As we landed off the wave we were trimmed up and using large amounts of power, we took a big bang off the wave chucking us both to the deck with the bolster seat still between my legs and pulling the kill coard off slightly and flicking the kill switch, we were now broad side to the breaking wave and it passed underneath us, i thought to my self we nearly went over then. I quickly flicked the switch back on with kill coard attached and put some power on to get us out of the next wave, but it was to late the wave had got us and we inverted. It through me about 6ft clear of the boat and My best mate Andy about 10ft clear (hes lighter than me).
Be both grouped together, auto life jackets went off and we were quickly picked up by Cracker with my other half on board. A quick call in to the coast guard to let them know what had happend and that we didnt need any assistance (dont send the lifeboat, over)and would call them when all safe. We then grabbed a rope of cracker and went to rig a righting bridle on the RIB. By this time we had drifted in to calm water, as shown above. We attempted to right the rib but as we were now in a calm area we didnt have the surf to help us (and the fact that i am only 10 stone didnt help). A little help from cracker and she was over, we quickly rigged a tow and back to the slip with no one hurt.
The engine got a good going over in the Mariner Agents work shop last night and should be fine this morning.
Thank you to cracker and stedj for their help, and to David for picking up by Bolster Seat (Everything else was tied in).
I hope the others had a good day.
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