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Old 14 October 2003, 13:56   #31
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Think through some scenarios, and ask yourself, what would you do?
OK, now I'm warming up. Try these.

1. The weather deteriorates unexpectedly (wind, rain, or fog?)

2. A wave breaks over the boat, and someone or something gets soaked.

3. You drop something vital overboard (boat keys, phone?)

4. Someone falls overboard.

5. Engine failure.

With things like this, it's much more fun playing let's pretend.

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Old 14 October 2003, 14:54   #32
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Interesting....EPIRB or Radio,.. If you have a breakdown etc then a radio is fine, but if you have a capsize what use would a radio be then? and this is a very real possibility in a very rough sea.

seems to me what you want is a dhsc radio that could be floated free with its own emegency power supply.....A Vhf EPIRB! perhaps i should design one.
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Old 14 October 2003, 16:43   #33
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if you have a capsize what use would a radio be then?
That's why you need a waterproof hand-held vhf in a waterproof case attached to you.
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Old 14 October 2003, 16:57   #34
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who makes one that is that waterproof, i have an Alpeco 501+ but it is only weatherproof?
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Old 14 October 2003, 17:07   #35
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D'oh! Am I going to have to write the thread again.... I'll make you write it out 100 times if I have to...

OK - here it is: http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...%26E#post29586

The raidio is supposed to be fully waterproof, but as my life might just depend on it, I've gone for the "belt-and-braces" approach.
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Old 14 October 2003, 18:04   #36
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Thanks Richard, Does anyone have any xperience with an Apelco 501+ (Raymarine)?
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Old 14 October 2003, 18:14   #37
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stick it in a waterproof bag then one can use any
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Old 17 October 2003, 07:01   #38
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Do'nt forget a radar reflector for tose foggy days.
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Old 17 October 2003, 11:22   #39
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im asuming this is a first rib that you have bought and have little experience.
I was in the same position 2 years ago. be carful with the engine. Get it serviced straight away, if its running fine then use it for 10 hours or so close to shore or other boats. I trust my current engine so much now that i wouldnt even think about a reserve. More problems than they are worth if you already have a brilliant engine. If its not quite so good though then take out Seastart or buy an auxillary engine.

As for equipment life jackets are a must. NOT bouyancy aids, life jackets.
You will definatly need a VHF radio, at some point do the licenses but carry one all the time anyway both to transmit in an emergency or respond to someone else's mayday.

GPS i think is of lesser importance, however if you are cruising in unknown water then i would recomend a Garmin GPS 72. Its handheld, FLOATS! and there were some going for just over 100 at the SBS.

Get say 4 red parachute and 4 red smoke flares. Only for real emergencies.

a good pair of binos are always useful too.
added to that water proofs although rain and spray at 40 mph manages to find a way through nearly anything other than a drysuit.
Im quite happy at the moment wiht a dry top and water proof salapetes, not much water gets through that...

saying all that especially about the flares, if you ever think you might need them then don't go out in the first place.
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Old 18 October 2003, 03:49   #40
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Thanks for the feedback, the engine is 3yrs old and it will be serviced on Monday.

Hopefully it should be reliable!

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