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Old 09 January 2014, 11:33   #11
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Good post

My 'feeling' is a huge amount comes down to the experiance of those on the boat .

With the ribnobbers we all know what to look for so know what to expect - so comms become more of a catching the eye type to confirm whats going on.

With fmaily the 'WAVE' shout is also used to mean something is going on thats not expected / could be interested.

'HOLD ON' is what I shout if I have to stop or go quickly for any reason - but generally if its going to be in any way 'exciting' on the water everyone gets a brief before departure to always be ready for anything .....

'ALL OK' gets used to seek a posative response if 'cruising' - much like a sailing 'ready about' shout ...
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For any new people coming on my boat I do a good safety brieifing before we set off and describe some issues we might face beforehand and what im likely to tell them what to do at times. For others who have come on my boat I cut the speech down somewhat cos they will know what to expect and how I will tell them in advance of stuff hapening.

Then its generally just a matter of being aware of where any of my friends are sitting and what they are doing at the time and then I let them know of any alterations to course or bumps or speeding up slowing down or any waves that might throw of their balance etc. I kind of instill in them that I wont do anything quickly unless its an emergency and will give them notice and if they intend to stand up, move about the boat etc to tell me before they do such.

Haven't had any issues so far with that safety attitude in mind. But if I do have people onboard I do tend to go much much slower and make any changes by communicating in advance etc. Which leads to an easier and predictable expereince.

Probably a bit like if youve ever attended an advanced drivering course in your car, you spend time on the road describing to the instructor dangers you see in advance and what your doing at each step.

So as long as you as a helmsman are aware of your surroundings including what your passengers/friends are up to and as long as they have had a safety briefing and understand what you might say to them and how to act and what to expect then it should be pretty plain sailing.

Only time it can be a problem is if youve got a mate or two who have had a few beers and are pratting about and not paying attention or a bunch of people chatting and not paying attention to what youre saying or worse scenario someone who doesnt listen at all and stands up at the wrong time. I personally would not allow anyone in my boat who has had a few beers, a couple of mates once tried bringing 24 cans onboard, I stated I would carry them from the car to the boat and specifically left the cans in the car and substituted with bottles of water. LOL.
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