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Old 14 December 2009, 13:26   #81
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Glad everything worked out fine for you both , with regards to survival bags ect ,and as said by earlier posts the foil type blankets are a pain to use when its windy or on a fast moving open boat ,,,,like trying to wrap the xmas turkey at 30 mph in the back of a pick up truck ,,,,,,there are ok if you have a shelter/ wheelhouse ,,ones that i use are made from a very thin but textured plastic which has some thermal properties and a draw string so it can be pulled around the head like a large sleeping bag ,,i bought half a dozen at a boat jumble 2 each ,think they were ex ships lifeboat, but they dont take up anymore room up when folded than a survival bag ,,,and on the subject of heat loss through the head ,,i was watching a tv program recently where it was mentioned that most of the heat is lost through the head
,,they said its a myth and its about the same loss as through hands or feet ,,,,any how seeing as i am bald i will be keeping me wooly hat on what ever ,
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Old 14 December 2009, 13:34   #82
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Actually i am sat in front the computer with my LJ on.
Yes, I also like to wear my life jacket when browsing Ribnet. I also have recordings of outboards motors running, seaguls screaching and waves crashing which I find greatly adds to the enjoyment.
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Old 14 December 2009, 13:39   #83
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Whilst on the subject of life jackets, how many actually carry out regular checks?
After a recent conversation at the Folly Jolly I came home a checked all mine !
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Old 14 December 2009, 13:40   #84
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I also have recordings of outboards motors running, seaguls screaching and waves crashing which I find greatly adds to the enjoyment.
Save yourself a fortune and move to Alderney
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Old 14 December 2009, 13:41   #85
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Save yourself a fortune and move to Alderney
Property cheap on Alderney is it?
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Property cheap on Alderney is it?
Oh yes, there are some lovely German bunkers that are a real bargain - ripe for a bit of updating and a blank canvas for the keen gardener.

All of that AND free gulls, waves, engines and blood curdling screams from people vying on the slipway.
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Old 14 December 2009, 13:47   #87
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Yes, I also like to wear my life jacket when browsing Ribnet. I also have recordings of outboards motors running, seaguls screaching and waves crashing which I find greatly adds to the enjoyment. I've tried wearing full wet weather gear and seaboots, but it got a bit hot.
Mate, please dont think i am some nutter taking this RIB lark to extreme, it was just that i was trying to order a re arming kit online and ended up inflating and deflating whilst wearing it.....please believe me!!! No, on a serious note if you haven't played around with the thing i would suggest it, in theory it sounds straight forward until you need to do it for real, then not always so easy!....... oh hang on, i just need to switch my outboard greatest hits over
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Hello Polwart, good to hear from you again.
I use radar every working day and have very relevant and practical experience of it and its capabilities.
If you put two orange marker bouys in the water, one with reflective tape and one without, then fine tune your radar to the Fishnet setting (if you have it) then you will see the difference on the screen immediately.
The bouy without will maybe show as a feint signal in calm weather if you are lucky.
However, the bouy with the tape on it bounces back a very strong target signal in most sea states.
When you are in very dense fog this makes life very simple indeed.
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Cap'nPW - that sounds too good to be true! I'd love to believe it but am naturally cynical! So your theory would suggest instead of spending 100+ on a fancy echomax radar reflector I could take say a 2L coke bottle and cover it in strips of scotchlite tape and stick it on the boat and I'd show up no problem at all. I only have an ickle boat so no radar to test it out. Even better I could just add some tape on the inside of my console etc and I'd be better off.

I'm not saying you don't see any enhancement - but from barely visible to very strong? Hopefully someone else will have replicated your findings and I will then investigate using scotchlite to increase my cross section. Is it a particular scotchlite product? I can't see any in their range which claim a radar enhancement - which is surprising? I also don't see how it work (in terms of physics) any better that a similar sized piece of tin foil glued in place - which should be pretty crap.
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Old 14 December 2009, 13:57   #89
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Mate, please dont think i am some nutter taking this RIB lark to extreme......
Yeah, yeah. How's that drysuit feeling this eve? Cozy?

Also joking aside. Roycruse, a member and former ribbing buddy of mine, 'til he flogged his boat, had three of our kids onboard when we took off for the beach one summer. As he was prone to, he dumped his nearly new 585 RC on the beach to dry out. When the tide turned it ended-up being swamped. Our kids had left their auto-inflates in his boat. Two went off one didn't. On inspecting the one that hadn't, I discovered that the gas canister was completely unscrewed from the activator mechanism. A fat lot of use that would've been in an emergency.


So, as said, it is a good idea to periodiclly check safety gear.

PS. One of Roy's went off in a pod. He had a helluva job getting it out.
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Regardless of if mines been in the water I open it and rinse it out with freshwater and crack the gas cylinder and nip it back up.
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