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Old 22 April 2004, 16:54   #1
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Excuse my ignorance,we have the facility for three in line on the centre consoles,normally my seven year old son Tim sits behind me on the double jockey(holding onto me) and my wife,Sue sits on the rear console.
Sue has expressed worry that in rough conditions or going fast in calmer conditions,I would not know if she fell over the side,I usually check fairly regularly,but cant hear much when going fast and in rough conditions tend to concentrate on the waves.
She could clip on with a harness line but that could just mean she would get dragged along(although I,m sure that would be pretty noticeable on the wheel).
I thought that maybe we could rig a line to the emergency stop cord or use a really short harness line but wondered if anyone else had had this fear expressed to them or had any easy workarounds or indeed thinks that I am worrying to much and it could never happen without me noticing.
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Old 22 April 2004, 17:04   #2
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If you can get electrics to the other consoles mercury do a separate kill switch that can be mounted on the consoles. Whilst this isn't going to stop someone going over the side it will stop the engine pretty quickly if someone does.

You could get a life jacket with a harness an clip that to a secure point to keep people inboard, however if you tip the boat .....

Some thoughts anyway.

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You could also fit a backrest for your wife to support herself on. Footstraps perhaps as well. Like Pete said a kill cord attachment is also a good idea, if a passenger was ejected the rib would come to a standstill .

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Here's a couple of thoughts for you...

1. It's usually (always?) less bumpy the further back you're seated. I can recall an occasion when I was at the helm of The Jackeens' 5.05m (yes, the 5cm is very important!) RIB. We had a sharp head sea, enough to make Paul relinquish his normal seat, acting as ballast at the bow. But Louise and Kathleen were quite happy on the rear bench seat.
2. Some friends of ours were once thrown out of their RIB. Last man to be thrown out was the one sat at the back. He had the dubious privilege of seeing both of his mates "eject" and then in a split second realised "uh-oh, me next "

Good to hear that you keep a lookout for your crew. I like to glance around regularly, if only to give them assurance that I've remembered them!
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I would not know if she fell over the side
She wouldn't go quietly!!!

In all seriousnessv i think if someone goes over board the last thing you want to do is stop the engine. A person is most likely to go overboard when its incredibly rough. If your in big cresting swells or even moderate surf off a beach and your engine stops your helpless. The next wave to hit you is going to spin you sideways and flip you. Now lets say you lost your wife overboard on a perfectly flat day. What is going to be moving faster, the boat with the tide rushing in or your wife swimming in an inflated life jacket?
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Here's a couple of thoughts for you...

But Louise and Kathleen were quite happy on the rear bench seat.
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How do you know???

We was cryin our eyes out at your drivin!!!!!

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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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Recently discussed on Offshore Only after some very serious accidents.
You could have a kill cord attached, but instead of cutting the engine, it can set off a warning light & horn.
And if you're good with electronics, it could also activate the man overboard on the GPS.
Harnesses are a bad idea in case the boat flips and the person is trapped.
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I have had the dubious pleasure of being in a RIB a few years back when I managed to flip it over backwards, (Wave-jumping into a strong headwind - I was younger then) and believe me the last thing you want is to be attached to the boat by a harness in any way that could stop you getting out from under it.

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Safest way is to have your passengers in view. At your side or infront of you.
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