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Old 26 September 2008, 10:54   #1
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First Stuff

Experienced my first real stuff on Saturday. Took a friend for a 7 mile run from Peterhead to Cruden Bay in fairly lumpy, messy, just-breaking sea but kept the speed down to avoid to much discomfort. Dropped him off back to the beach and then went for a blast on my own. Headed to the North Head to look for the rough water where the tide runs over the shallows and kept pushing the speed up to see what happened. Amazed at how the boat was handling the conditions – waves were probably averaging 6’ peak to peak fairly close together and breaking in parts. Boat was punching through the peaks sending spray 20 foot in all directions. All was going fine until this big trough open up and the nose hit into the next wave too far down from the peak. First thought was “here comes some serious spray” then as the tube crumpled and disappeared under at least a foot of solid green water “oh cr*p”. Bow went down further, the water rolled up the console and hit me in the face hard pushing me back into the seat (this probably helped pull the throttle back) . It felt like a pitchpole on a cat and was wondering how far it was going to go. Sunglasses long gone. Bow popped up and I looked back and the water was pouring over the transom with the top almost down to sea level (this boat has a high transom with no cut out). Boat was well down in the stern but there was still water sloshing 8” deep at my seat position. Looked over to the rocks nearby and thought “double cr*p”. Looked forwards and saw that the screen was smashed at both sides (the lump must of pressed the screen down and the sides gave up. Pushed the throttle forward expecting nothing to happen but the engine was fine and she started to push forward. A heap of water left over the transom (had to back off to avoid covering the engine) - then the dump trunk started to do its work and the water drained away. Scurried off back through the breakwaters to inspect for any moire damage. Other than the screen, everything is fine.

Was considering getting one of the action cams. Probably would have disappeared with the sunglasses though.

The wide console worked well and took the brunt of the force. Might have followed the sunglasses myself with a smaller console.

Considering a second dump trunk - it took a surprising amount of time to get rid of the water.

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Old 26 September 2008, 11:12   #2
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Sounds like a pretty close one - your Yam did a great job.

Maybe now you will realise why I admire Ocean Dynamics boats so much - no transom!!!
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Old 26 September 2008, 11:21   #3
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Never done it in a Rib but on a jetski endless times. Its amazing to think that you can put several tonnes of water over/ through a rib and 'most' of the time the bits that really dont like water ( engines / electrics) keep running no problems !

I ended up getting banned form wearing sunglasses and got some google type things off ebay that were great & kept all the spray out.

One question - has it made you more confident ( ie you would be very cool if it happened again ) or more wary ( Ie wont bloody go out & do that again !) ?
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Old 26 September 2008, 11:38   #4
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Nah - want to try it again. Might not have been driving fast enough - faster may have cleared the wave. I have been pushing it each time I have been out just to see what is possible. By my standards I was going a bit mad then - would never have driven like that with anyone else on board. Well used to some spectacular crashes in the catamaran so dont fear the water much. I always wear a drysuit so I am not too worried about getting home - boat or no boat.

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Old 26 September 2008, 13:33   #5
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I think it's a very brave man that pushes harder in rough conditions, it only takes one combined double wave and a big trough to hurt everyone on board. You always have to be ready to back off, this is where I am learning to work the throttle to keep my attitude level when working her hard. I'm glad you weren't hurt as I was earler this year in very stormy conditions.
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Old 26 September 2008, 13:41   #6
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Richard, do you have Osprey Discovery Console fitted?

If you do then the worst is yet to come. Fitting the new screen will seem like a cake walk compared to stuffing

I speak from experience
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Old 26 September 2008, 14:28   #7
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It sounds like you were driving like a tit. I have the same boat and have pushed her pretty hard in big seas over 3hr passages and not come close to burying the thing to that degree. You must've driven it down the face and rammed it into the trough or tripped it into a hole.
Ah well, we live and learn.
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Old 26 September 2008, 14:40   #8
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It sounds like you were driving like a tit. I have the same boat and have pushed her pretty hard in big seas over 3hr passages and not come close to burying the thing to that degree. You must've driven it down the face and rammed it into the trough or tripped it into a hole.
Ah well, we live and learn.
I know you like a little banter Mollers, but there are wave conditions that have caught many out. Perhaps your's is still to come
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Old 26 September 2008, 15:07   #9
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As Codprawn says the ocean dynamics have no transom and in the case of our 9.2 meter it has a raised consol postion so anywater that comes in flows straight down the deck and out the back, whilst the crews feet stay dry -

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Glad your ok and that no serious damage was done to your RIB
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Old 26 September 2008, 15:17   #10
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Matt - in a serious stuff is there a risk that the crew could be washed right out the back? whats the TV ariel for on the stern?
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