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Old 21 January 2015, 02:51   #11
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My first trip out on a RIB, the boat owner disconnected the boat tie downs, and prepped the boat to launch. Apparently he was not worried about the roller bunks, even though I said something out of concern. So he jumps in the van and puts it in reverse. With a tiny jerk of the trailer, the boat slides right down, lands hard on the concrete boat ramp, on the bottom end of the transom, and continues self launching into the water to where it is now floating. Ironically this was a highly experienced boater having grown up racing sailboats. We never spoke of it again.
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Old 21 January 2015, 03:17   #12
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Funniest boating mishap

At least it made it as far as the water. I know of a geezer who did the same thing but ended up with a big RIB high and dry at the top of the ramp!
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Old 21 January 2015, 04:11   #13
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On my second trip out in my new boat I joined in the fun on the 2014 Nacho run as a complete novice.

At the end of a great day I pulled the boat out of the water onto my bunk trailer and set off out of the carpark all happy and smug. Only to realise it was not quite sitting square on the trailer.

So, no problem, I will just reverse back down the slip, float the rear of the boat and straighten it all up.

What I forgot to do was refit the bungs !

So as the rear entered the water it started to fill up - not that I noticed.

After much faffing about lining it all up neat and square on the trailer I then saw the problem sloshing around my feet !

There must have been half the Solent in the boat by now, the whole rear compartment under the seats was full to the brim - I jumped overboard up to my chest to try to refit the bungs (which were in my pocket) while my mate switched on the bilge pumps.

Much to the amusement of the rest of the Ribnet Nacho crowd

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Old 21 January 2015, 04:21   #14
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It's nothing exceptional as an event, but my first and biggest proper stuff in the Osprey was probably what made me laugh most in my nine years on the water. Bombing along at probably 20-25 knots on a sunny but fairly lumpy day, slightly faster than was sensible in a fair bit of swell and thoroughly enjoying myself, I suddenly and briefly found that Neptune had invented a hole in the water and I was now in fact piloting something flying rather than floating and then boomf! I didn't even have time to think "oh sh***" and I remember to this day about 1 second of thinking "Ooo that's pretty, I wish I'd brought a camera" as the world took on a wonderfully fluorescent green tinge, the sun twinkled through the ascending curtain of water - and then about half the South Atlantic landed on top of me. It was one of those moments where everything happens in slow motion.

I guess it must have been a combination of the ridiculous thought process (regret at not having a camera ready), relief at the fact that I managed not to eat the chartplotter (I don't know how, as I did 20-0 in about 1 second) and being drowned in extremely cold South Atlantic, but I just sat there laughing insanely for several minutes before I actually got around to emptying the boat out and carrying on.
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Old 21 January 2015, 05:29   #15
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It's nothing exceptional as an event, but my first and biggest proper stuff in the Osprey was probably what made me laugh most in my nine years on the water. Bombing along at probably 20-25 knots on a sunny but fairly lumpy day, slightly faster than was sensible in a fair bit of swell and thoroughly enjoying myself, I suddenly and briefly found that Neptune had invented a hole in the water and I was now in fact piloting something flying rather than floating and then boomf! I didn't even have time to think "oh sh***" and I remember to this day about 1 second of thinking "Ooo that's pretty, I wish I'd brought a camera" as the world took on a wonderfully fluorescent green tinge, the sun twinkled through the ascending curtain of water - and then about half the South Atlantic landed on top of me. It was one of those moments where everything happens in slow motion.

I guess it must have been a combination of the ridiculous thought process (regret at not having a camera ready), relief at the fact that I managed not to eat the chartplotter (I don't know how, as I did 20-0 in about 1 second) and being drowned in extremely cold South Atlantic, but I just sat there laughing insanely for several minutes before I actually got around to emptying the boat out and carrying on.

Sounds so familiar. When I stuffed the SR4, I had Ballastboy aboard and I knew it was going to happen just before it did so I shouted 'Duck!' and ducked. He shouted 'Whaaaat?' just as it hit him in the face.

It went into his mouth so hard that it was coming out of his nose.
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Old 21 January 2015, 07:37   #16
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After a nice RIBnet cruise around the Solent a few years ago a few of us went back to my local slip "Haslar" for recovery. Someone with a small cruiser had beaten us to the slip which wasn't unusual but what followed was interesting.

Quite clearly he had no idea on how to recover and as his trailer probably wasn't best set-up didn't help. We disembarked to the pontoon it was clear he was already puffing and panting and starting to get irate with his predicament. He was barking orders at his poor kids and starting to swearing a lot. We all stood looking at each other on the pontoon wondering who was going to get their head bitten off by offering some helpful advice lol.

In the end with a falling tide we managed to sqeeze down the outside of him and recover one by one.
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We blocked the grille on the Jet once just as we headed out. Weedrake wouldn't clear (unusual) so we limped back in and unloaded. Stripped to pants (not pretty) and swam under to see what the problem was, found a wreath someone must have thrown to sea for a loved one stuck fast to the intake with florists wire wrapped around the grille.... was diving under pulling out roses and wire, surfacing for breath and swearing a lot.... only to then notice that the BBC had a drone up filming on the quay....still dreading seeing that on tv sometime...
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Old 21 January 2015, 09:14   #18
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Classic Ebay Purchase Cock Up

A few years ago we were launching our Ring 18 in Swanwick and had to wait ages for 2 teenage lads to clear the slip with their wreck of a recently purchased very old 15ft speed boat. They had bought it off ebay, had no experience, and said the seller told them all they needed was a mobile phone to use it! We mentioned that the weather was deteriorating and they should take care. Off they went oblivious.

We knew it was going to blow up that day, and so had appropriate clothing, safety kit etc. Once we got out of the Hamble it was horrid, so after about 40 minutes of high adrenaline wave jumping (it was a great boat) we called it a day and headed back to the slip.

We found those two lads still in their shorts, soaked, freezing cold, with a badly damaged speed boat (screen had gone and inside was flooded quite deep) trying to start their work's transit van to haul it out. But all their kit had been submerged - mobiles didn't work, van key immobiliser wet so engine wouldn't start etc.

We towed their trailer out for them and thought how lucky they were.
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^^^^ Young lads.

I sold a trailer on eBay and arranged collection for an evening later that week. Two young lads turned up to collect it - on pushbikes. After a lot of head-scratching they put their bike lights on the back, chucked their bikes on the trailer bunks and 'scootered' it down the road.
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I heard that someone went into a sunseeker at the boat show a few years ago and did a poo in one of the loos
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