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Old 22 April 2004, 18:21   #11
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What about a short tether from the child to the adult. Would that be considered any safer ?
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Old 22 April 2004, 18:27   #12
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........how about a mirror?
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Old 22 April 2004, 20:02   #13
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I can see Simmons0's point. If 'the wife' goes overboard with the kill switch lanyard still attached the engine will stop the boat will carry on whilst it slows down and could end up a good 100 yards away with no way to re-start the engine! unless you carry a spare lanyard of course.

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You should ALWAYS carry a spare lanyard! Otherwise you are going to feel pretty darn silly floating around in the 'oggin with the boat some feet away, engine stopped, kill cord attached to you so the engine cant be restarted and being blown away from you quicker than you can swim arent you!!

I used to have the spare kill cord wrapped around the passenger grab rail ready for immediate use.

Whilst your about contingency planning. If you do get thrown out of the boat does your crew - your wife, know how to drive the boat to get back to you?

I would look at a second kill cord for your wife if you are worried. I would also fit her own backrest just cos I think its the safest and most comfortable thing to do.

And without stating the bleedin obvious you should always always be driving within not just your limits but your passengers. Its all to easy to get carried away with the adrenalin of wavejumping etc as coxn and forget that your crew a) dont have a steering wheel and throttle to hold onto and b) cant see the waves coming so easily as they are sitting behind you!! Accidents happen of course but the way you drive your RIB has a big role to play in preventing them!

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Old 22 April 2004, 20:57   #14
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My girlfriend likes to talk incessantly when we are out in the boat, so in the rough stuff the first indication of something being amiss is when an unusual and welcoming peacefulness descends...

I find myself contemplating the tranquility of silence for a few seconds and then I snap out of it and realise what this actually means and I then turn the boat and go and get her. slowly though.

Alternatively, I must say, I am in agreement - a mirror mounted on one side of the console works wonders...

I would hate to be on the wrong side of a cresting wave with the engine stopped, it wouldn't do anyone any good...
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Old 23 April 2004, 00:56   #15
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Thanks everyone,I am not sure about the mirror,the rib can crash around a bit and broken glass wont mix with inflated tubes.I can see the point about not clipping on,I,ll clip my son to me in future.A spare engine kill lanyard is I think a must have.Sue can drive the boat but I am giving her lessons through waves and close quarter maneuvering,we will probably be looking at sending her on a course.We have a rear bench seat but I havent been there as a passenger yet,however reports are that passengers think they could very easily fall out even though the motion should be less there.I thought footstraps were a good idea,they were on an Avon Searider 5.4 ex forces rib I once had and made a great difference,the downside being that you always seem to be triping over them.I am not saying my wife doesnt talk,just that the general noise is louder,not really the engine,just the wind past the ears and the crashing of the waves.I am taking it quite easy generally I think,I have left the water on occasions but not enough to vent the prop but the knees and back tend to be self limiting!
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Old 23 April 2004, 04:11   #16
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If you know a little about electronics, how about fitting the pasenger killcord to a 3 way switch.
position 1 kills engine
position 2 set off horn and light
position 3 do nothing

This way if you are out and the wife is trown overboard you can just flip the switch to postion 3, restart the engine and continue (to pick up wife)

Off course uoy will have to remember to set the switch to either 1 or 2, when you have passengers on board, but this can be fixed by a warning light, so if someone have atached a kill cord line and the switch is in position 3 the warning light is flashing.

I know this is a bit of wirering, but some wiz out there might know how to do this.

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I can see Simmons0's point. If 'the wife' goes overboard with the kill switch lanyard still attached the engine will stop the boat will carry on whilst it slows down and could end up a good 100 yards away with no way to re-start the engine! unless you carry a spare lanyard of course.

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In the tandem race boats we have to have dual kill cords with a spare. I seem to remember in OCR you used to have a blue light flashing light wired to a kill cord.

In the World Championships in South Africa the local contestant who obviously wasn't a wiring genious managed to hook his 2 litre bat boat, eject his passenger and complete at least one more lap before realising he was alone in the boat! The crew member did require hospital attention, but was present at the races the next day (I don't think he got back in the boat though!)

Certainly with Mercury engines it is easy to add as many as you need although you would need a spare for each extra kill cord!
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Old 23 April 2004, 06:06   #18
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There was a post about motor bike two way intercom about a month ago they did not cost too much and could be worth a look at.

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Old 23 April 2004, 07:19   #19
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On my "To do list"

I want to put 2" webbing straps over the seat squab at the front of the double in-line seats, as with a motor bike pillion seat. The rear crew has the back rest to cling to. I my off-roading days, I found it a much more secure feeling to be holding onto something either above or below you, than something in front. That way you can either pull or push yourself onto the seat.
1) It gives the front crew a hand hold & 2) It stops the lids flopping open.
To open the locker you would have to push the strap over the front by squashing the squab.
Any comments?
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