Hi folks ,
A friend recently asked me for advice on the above and the following is what came to mind .
Any one like to edit or make further suggestions ???
Best wishes ,
Here as promised is a suggested equipment list for a cruising RIB
Training for skipper and Crew ( Well I would say that - Obviously ! )
Life Jackets and spare cylinder for each crewmember
Drysuits with mid layer and base layer
Balaclava or thermal protection for the head
Eye protection against hail , rain flies and glare
water proof thermal gloves for winter
Blunt ended boathook
VHF. radio and training
Nav Lights Port Starboard and all round white mounted above the other two
Collapsible radar reflector
Wool wind indicator on vhf aerial
Mobile phone in aquapac + phone numbers of marinas, mechanics etc.
Compass and Imray Charts in map case and Binoculars
Chinagraph pencil and small shhet of white plastic to write notes on
Spare hand held compass
A hand held GPS in an aquapac . I reccomend a Garmin GPS 12 ( about £150 )
as you can do out your passage plan at home in the house or in the pub !
Flare kit in yellow polybottle but Orange Smoke is better for day time use
Cylume light sticks
Water proof torch
First-aid kit.and First Aid training
Fire extinguisher Gas type is best for electrical . Dry Powder is best for
fuel but it leaves an awful mess afterwards . Also if you have a fuel fire
on a RIB I would tend to abandon ship ( upwind rather than wait for the
explosion while using my extinguisher! )
Good-size toolkit in polybottle including spark plugs fuses and cable ties
and spare kill cord , keys and battery switch
Spare prop and fittings
Spare fuel and oil ( one third out , one third back and one third reserve
reserve ! ) Beware of going out with the tide and coming back against the
tide . You could need far more fuel on the way home .
Pump for tubes
Tube first aid kit and spare valve
Spare wheel bearings for the trailer should be brought in the car
Rope of sufficient length for towing.( 2 by 20 metre and 1 by 10 metre lines
all properly coiled )
A bowline or painter shorter than the lenght of the boat .
Anchor of adequate size and type with at least 20 metres of chain
Drogue ( Sea Anchor )
Dry bag for personal kit including a full change of clothes.
S/steel flask of boiling water + tea coffee sugar chocolate etc
I know that you will probably think I should also add a trailer to carry all
this kit ! but practically all of the above and some more is stowed aboard