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Old 15 April 2013, 17:12   #21
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If things ever went as Pete Tong as you suggest, I'd get on the wireless and get the orange and blue tug out, quick smart.
And hopefully the drogue will keep you safe for those few precious minutes
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That is bad. The VHF is no.2 piece of safety equipment behind the anchor. The metal, heavy type with pointy bits, not a canvas bucket.
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That is bad. The VHF is no.2 piece of safety equipment behind the anchor. The metal, heavy type with pointy bits, not a canvas bucket.
Whilst not ideal, the Channel is busy enough that there is probably a big ship in "earshot" of a handheld - who might relay your message to CG.
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Well I admit there isn't a whole lot that could be done, but changing a spark plug, checking all leads are still connected... Pull starting the engine, changing the master fuse (spare right next to it on an etec that's probably about it Till now the VHF (touch wood) there was no main VHF anyway...



That looks perfect could you tell me where you got it/ what size it is?
Gotchi, if you can even get the cowl off a big Etec without losing it or falling in while you're anywhere other than tied to a pontoon or beached you'll be very lucky. The Tommee Tippee toolkit supplied with outboards will make a better anchor than toolkit.
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Whilst not ideal, the Channel is busy enough that there is probably a big ship in "earshot" of a handheld - who might relay your message to CG.
Personally, I wouldn't be relying on "probably". Even our SR has an Icom baseset, allbeit, with a Ribraider twig. If a kid heads off across the Bay in the SR I insist on a fully charged handheld also. A personal Epirb is next on the list, it's just not worth the worry in my book.
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Gotchi, if you can even get the cowl off a big Etec without losing it or falling in while you're anywhere other than tied to a pontoon or beached you'll be very lucky. The Tommee Tippee toolkit supplied with outboards will make a better anchor than toolkit.
Nos has witnessed moi removing a 250 Etec cover in millpond conditions in Fal. Harbour.
Mind you, 'Into The Dog's' doesn't have a frame.
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Personally, I wouldn't be relying on "probably". Even our SR has an Icom baseset, allbeit, with a Ribraider twig. If a kid heads off across the Bay in the SR I insist on a fully charged handheld also. A personal Epirb is next on the list, it's just not worth the worry in my book.
Never had you in the paranoid camp. I'm not arguing with your logic - but people have been crossing the channel in small open ribs for decades (and in much less suitable craft for far longer). Waterproof fixed VHFs are a relatively recent invention and on a typical A-frame don't give that much greater range (range being largely a height not power issue).

Would I plan to do it without one? probably not.
Would I do it without a drogue? yes.
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Never had you in the paranoid camp. .
For myself? Nope.

My kids? For sure.

My youngest started driving last week. I'm sitting with her tomorrow eve for the first time.

The worry when they pass is unbearable. I'm sure that other Dads can empathise.
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For myself? Nope.

My kids? For sure.

My youngest started driving last week. I'm sitting with her tomorrow eve for the first time.

The worry when they pass is unbearable. I'm sure that other Dads can empathise.
Fully agree with ya there fella, my eldest want's a fekin motorbike, knightmare trying talk er out of it.


Any thoughts on why the engines failed on that rib in the vid, I thought maybe fuel tank was only quart full, and that wave that nearly backfliped them might have caused fuel air lock maybe?

Some would probably say shit in the carbs, I tried this once and burnt my arse on the flywheel, not recomended!!
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That is bad. The VHF is no.2 piece of safety equipment behind the anchor. The metal, heavy type with pointy bits, not a canvas bucket.
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Personally, I wouldn't be relying on "probably". Even our SR has an Icom baseset, allbeit, with a Ribraider twig. If a kid heads off across the Bay in the SR I insist on a fully charged handheld also. A personal Epirb is next on the list, it's just not worth the worry in my book.
PLB was worn the whole time, along with handheld VHF and plenty of flares. It wasn't that there was no fixed VHF just that...it didn't work hence the new electronics...it wasn't for wanting to that we chucked out that Raymarine stuff.

So Ribochet where did you get yours?
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