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Old 06 July 2006, 10:24   #1
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First ever Rib

Have just bought my first ever rib. Zodiac Yachtline 500 with 90hp Mariner. What items are must have's when owning a rib.

1) trailer/wheel lock - any suggestions
2) engine lock - suggestions
3) affordable gps/depth sounder/fishfinder - suggestions
4) vhf radio - suggestions
5) flares etc - suggestions
6) anchor - best type/source
7) engine muffs - sorted
8) extra fuel tank? - necessary or not?
9) toys (skis, ringo etc) - has anyone seen the kite ringo - awesome

Anything else anyone can think of? All advice taken - I am relying on some astute guidance.
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Old 06 July 2006, 10:42   #2
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Trailer/wheel lock & engine lock. Check with your insurance as they my well have special requirements.
Gps Garmin are good. Lowrance also ok. Colour screens are great!
VHF - Icom
Flares depends how far you go as to whether you feel you need a coastal or offshore pack.
Extra fuel, I would take at least 1, 5 litre petrol can always. And leave a 20% reserve on your main tank.
Ringos still have not got one yet!

Life jackets for all plus a spare.
Foil survival blanket
Fire extinguisher
Charts & Tide tables

Book a RYA Level 2 course if you have not done one, only takes 2 days cost a couple of hundred pounds, money well spent!

The list goings on and I am sure other people have other ideas!
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Old 06 July 2006, 10:53   #3
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hi welcome

try this thread for some bits

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also decathlon in Stockport is pretty good

Andy

PS were are you intending to use it ?
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Old 06 July 2006, 11:16   #4
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Trearddur Bay (or Try Harder Bay as some call it!)

along with Abersoch it is Cheshire-on-Sea
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Old 06 July 2006, 12:00   #5
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A pocket knife, perhaps, waterproof mobile case, that floats
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Old 06 July 2006, 12:14   #6
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Congrats on the new toy.

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1) trailer/wheel lock - any suggestions
2) engine lock - suggestions
Kind of depends on where you're going to store it. Realize that locks don't make things theft-proof; rather they keep honest people honest. A determined thief is going to get what they want despite any security measures you employ. OTOH, they may cause the thief to look for an easier target.

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3) affordable gps/depth sounder/fishfinder - suggestions
4) vhf radio - suggestions
Define "affordable". Garmin, Lowrance, Standard Horizon, ICOM, and a host of others make pretty good stuff. It's simply a matter of choosing what suits you and your pocketbook.

Things I would go for (budget permitting):

GPS: Color screen (much easier to look at and interpret at a glance), ability to use additional maps (either cartridges or downloadable.) An external antenna, while a bit more trouble to install, has less likelihood of occlusion.

VHF: DSC. The DSC calling feature is one not used much (yet, anyway) but is kind of handy if you talk to the same people all the time.

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6) anchor - best type/source
Depends on where you're anchoring. Ask locally as to what works and what doesn't.

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8) extra fuel tank? - necessary or not?
Not really, unless you're going to be going a long ways. Kind of a fire hazard, as well.

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Anything else anyone can think of? All advice taken - I am relying on some astute guidance.
As someone said, lifejackets. One per person, plus a couple of spares for last minute guests.

Dock lines. Tossable float cushion. Rescue throw rope. Small cooler with water. Extra polypropylene or polyester rope in case you need to tow someone (or need to be towed.) Air horn (handheld is OK; electrically driven mounted is better.) Tool kit for simple on-water repairs. Spare prop and mounting hardware and tools. Rechargeable hand warmers for those really cold days (I know you're tough and can handle it, but think of the little lady.) Fenders for tying up to those less-than-well-maintained docks. A float for the bitter end of the anchor rode (in case it hangs up, or you need to go retrieve someone.) A basic first aid kit.

The list is pretty much endless, but I'll stop here.

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Old 06 July 2006, 12:27   #7
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Trearddur Bay (or Try Harder Bay as some call it!)

along with Abersoch it is Cheshire-on-Sea

may be see you out there then usually launch of the beach at abersoch or from Phwihlli

Andy

but wont be out now until 22/23 due to commitments and avoid the 14/15/16 like the plague as its wake-stock 30,000 extra people in abersoch/phwihlli they just dont fit

shame you missed the rib raid last week

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1) trailer/wheel lock - any suggestions
depends where you keep the boat when out the water. Some insurance policies insist it is chained to a "spike" rather than wheel clamped

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3) affordable gps/depth sounder/fishfinder - suggestions
probably all nice to have unless you are venturing far from shore or in bad weather. remember that until 10 years ago you would never have found gps or fishfinder on a normal rib. depth finder - if you can't see the bottom its generally deep enough for the engine!

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4) vhf radio - suggestions
there are lots of icom fans here (and a small no who loath them). I suspect this has more to do with Jon's aftersales than actual product quality. Go for fixed rather than h/held if cost, electics, and security allow.

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essential. think about where you will keep them and ensure your other crew members know this and how to use them too.

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essential - don't buy a grapnel. the only thing on your list I have ever used in anger

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I am going to disagree with jky here - YES necessary. if its in a different tank you will know you have run out and this will give you enough to hopefully get ashore. I don't think a proper fuel can safely stowed is a significant fire risk. Remember to swap the fuel over (refil main tank from spare, then refil spare) regularly so spare tank doesn't become stale.
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Flares-buy the appropriate pack for your boat use. Ask a good chandlers and they'll be able to point you in the right direction.

Anchors-Yes, grapnels are a waste of time. I've got one and I only ever use it to anchor a bait net. Danforth are good-they stow nice and flat and hold well.

GPS-Depending on budget/space etc. I've got one of these:- http://www.piplers.co.uk/product_det...er=Eagle&Code=
It's a combo fishfinder/gps that does everything I ask of it and isn't horribly expensive. It doesn't have maps on it though.

Fuel tanks-Yes. Take plenty of spare fuel and cycle it as said earlier.
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