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Old 13 December 2009, 15:29   #11
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would it be cheaper to get a GF with a bit more blubber?,,theres plenty up in Peterhead that don't seem to feel the cold.
I went for a 'petite' one so as not to slow the SR4 down too much, if i go for a larger model will it mean i will have to upgrade to a bigger boat and engine.
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Old 13 December 2009, 15:30   #12
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Neil, that is what i find of greatest concern, i am very fit and strong but i really question whether i would have made it back to the boat. To get to my gf was a bloody effort.

lie on your back and do a kinda inverrted breastroke. RYA sea survival course might well be worth the both of you doing it's not dear and builds confidence. LJ's weren't really designed for swimming in which is why I wear a manual. In those circumstances I'd have beenbusy directing the Buddy boat. but if I had to make a swin I'd let some air out of the jacket.

Also don't forget that you and your boat will be drifting in the same tide so it wont ge much further away from you after immersion
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Old 13 December 2009, 15:32   #13
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bloody ell gibbo, glad your both ok!!
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Old 13 December 2009, 15:33   #14
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I went for a 'petite' one so as not to slow the SR4 down too much, if i go for a larger model will it mean i will have to upgrade to a bigger boat and engine.
Invariable I'm afraid, but they are a bit more difficult to chuck out of the boat. Don't worry though I'm she'll get bigger over the years
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Old 13 December 2009, 15:37   #15
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Stu,

Good question about the pull start, can a Yam 50 2 stroke be started with an emergency pull cord?
Yeah, relatively easily. DHD pulled his V4 100 Suzook over a couple of years back, but he is a VERY experienced puller.

A mate and I were chucked out of an 18ft Phantom years ago, when the steering cable parted. As you say, it's 'instant'. One moment in the boat, a split second later, all goes green and muffled.
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Old 13 December 2009, 15:39   #16
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Thanks Rogue
I did think backstroke would be the answer (I'd probably hit my head on something though!). I'll certainly aim to get on a sea survival course next year - thanks for the advice.
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So glad that you and your girlfriend are OK.

Swimming in a life jacket is very difficult and will lead to exhaustion quickly, especially in cold seas. I would stick with an auto-inflate, if you are unconscious it will save your life.

If you have to swim, use the oral inflate tube, with the cap reversed to delflate the jacket such that it still provides just enough bouyancy, but reduces the drag. If you have to stop to recover, you will be breathing heavily and can use this to blow more air into jacket.

Only been in this situation for real once and it makes 20m look & feel along way away. As already said, the sea survival course is an eye opener, especially the pool session.

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So after last weekend's cock up, pretty much everyone said KY should have informed the CG... so did you?

Also did you have any way of attracting your friends (or anyone elses) attention if he ended up 2 miles away before he realised you weren't keeping up (flares or VHF on your person?).

Yes - you should be able to start your engine with an emergency pull start.
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Glad your both OK, I went to assist a crew who were all thrown out in Summer 2008 when the steering broke, even in summer time they were all shocked including a very qualified helm. I took the crew to another boat and saw shock setting in and even cold despite it being summer.

You did well to manage and bring it all back. Extras I carry include the small individual flares and even a personal EPIRB but I must say I dont always carry them I have them aboard but only carry them when travelling alone and then a handheld radio on the lifejacket. So if I cannot get back I have the reserve equipment to get expert help- alas we all hope it never happens to us
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Old 13 December 2009, 16:05   #20
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So after last weekend's cock up, pretty much everyone said KY should have informed the CG... so did you?

Also did you have any way of attracting your friends (or anyone elses) attention if he ended up 2 miles away before he realised you weren't keeping up (flares or VHF on your person?).

Yes - you should be able to start your engine with an emergency pull start.
Polwart,
The CG weren't informed as my friend recovered us pretty quickly and therefore i believe didn't warrant the call (and will now probably be shot down in flames by the forum)? I am aware that a Mayday should be sent in event of MOB. Thinking about it now in hindsight i should have probably notified them of the incident even just to say all was ok but as i said was more concerned getting back to shore rapidly. Although i couldn't hear clearly i think some other incident was going on off Plymouth at the time?

After today i will attach my hand held to LJ and probably buy some flares such as the ones divers carry on them.
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