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Old 11 May 2009, 04:30   #1
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Essential items for daily fairweather cruising....

I'm hot on the heels of a new RIB (having spent a very useful day at RIBex - thanks to Tim for the tickets) and was wondering about items that we should buy for the boat. Not an exhaustive list, just the essentials. There will be four of us - 2 adults, 2 children

1) Lifejackets - 2 inflatable types, 2 floatation types for a 7 and 11 year old
2) Inshore type waterproof/warm jackets
3) Extendible hook type thing for retrieving hats/sunglasses etc blown overboard!
4) Almanac for the Solent?
5) Flares
6) Jerry can and funnel for emergency fuel.
7) Waterproof large grip type bag

Is there anything else you would add?

Is there a decent on-line supplier for such items?

Is Cowes costly to go shopping for this stuff?


I'm sorted on my training and will arrange instruction to RYA2 before even being let loose! I took a RIB (under supervision) from Cowes to Portsmouth including mooring yesterday and other than calling QHM (which I didn't do) to cross, felt moderately pleased as punch!!
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Old 11 May 2009, 04:37   #2
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Do a search on here as it's been covered quite a few times.

Don't forget suntan lotion if you plan to be a fair weather boater or else you'll end up like this ->

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Old 11 May 2009, 04:38   #3
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Neil, the marine superstore at Port Solent is the place to go. They sell literally everything and its pretty cheap!
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Old 11 May 2009, 04:48   #4
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Thanks for that.... I did have a search for previous discussions, I'll have another peek.
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I wont critique your list, but as you are going to do your PB2, I would hope your instructor will discuss this sort of thing with you. If he/she does not, then you bring it up.
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An anchor or 2 - a 6gk delta or copy with say 6m of chain and 50m of rope.

Don't buy a folding one - they are crap in anything other than rock.

Oh and some cheap ziplock freezer bags from Tesco. Great for keeping your mobile phone and car keys dry and could save your life if you fall in as you will still be able to use your phone.

No subsitute for VHF but as your phone is prob always in your pocket it's handy if you are in the drink and your VHF is still on the boat!!!
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This is worth a read


http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...ght=safety+kit
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Great - thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

The boat will have a built in VHF - the point on the anchor was useful too.....

The list is looking quite boisterous already!
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I would highly recommend Compas24 for waterproofs. I bought a couple of their Offshore 3000 suits last year and they are fantastic value for money. As good as other brands I looked at costing much more.

http://www.compass24.com/web/catalog...astal/1623055#

Might also be worth a look at their Coastal set which includes a lifejacket. Again very good value.

http://www.compass24.com/web/catalog...nshore/2740937

If you're not happy, just give them a call and they arrange to collect and refund you.
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Thanks - I'll look into that....

I'm picking up soooo much information - I owe quite a few beers!

As I've found through car ownership, finding the right forum is a massive short cut to a wealth of knowledge.

Once I'm actually trained and on the water, I'll be buying.

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