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Old 09 May 2004, 07:49   #1
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going out in the rough stuff

me being very new to the boat and ribs went down to herne bay saturday
to take the kids out when i got to the car park i should have gone home not one boat out. me being mad and my mate on his jet bike mad two i said to the wife i will go out and see what its like got to the end of the harbor
and BANG waves a meter high coming full speed at me put the trim right in but that did not stop the boat reaching for the ski each time i went round the harbor wall i dont think it was going to tip back over on me but i lost my bottiel and came back in my mate broke his seat mounts jumping waves. so i
want to know is my boat a fare weather craft due to the set up or is just me

most of the weight is at the back on my boat fat me and fuel plus engine
the bow will lift high when coming onto the plane what do you lot think
as you can see from the pic this was just before planing speed note how
high the bow is

ps went home and spent a hour out on the thames by the dome so its not all bad
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Old 09 May 2004, 08:00   #2
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Small boats do get nose happy in the waves but you get used to it. Your boats ( presume its the grey one) does seem to be riding nose high.

When I used to go out in the Rough in my Avon 4.7 ( god I loved that boat).
I used to carry a couple of empy 25 litres plastic cans with me. If the nose was being a bit too frisky then I'd fill (or part fill ) the water cans and leave them in the nose.

I've done a bit of wave jumping myself and breaking a seat mounting in a 1 metre wave seems like Tough luck. How old is his boat
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Old 09 May 2004, 08:11   #3
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rogue wave
my mate was out on his jet bike which he broke
my boat has a rear bench seat most craft i have seen have jockey
seats nearer the bow which would level the boat out when its up on the plane it levels out fine and as you say its only a 4.5m
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Daniel,
Not too long ago (when I still had the Valiant) I used go out in rough weather the whole time, hitting waves bigger than 2m... It's a rough ride but the Valiant was more than able for it! Like yours while getting up on the plane it was a bit bow happy but most small ribs react in the same way! I wouldn't worry about it too much... Drive On!

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Old 09 May 2004, 09:29   #5
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Daniel...some boats can tend to have a natural bow up attitude, particularly with the kind of stern-biased set up that you have.
I have used a similar boat in rough weather and found it quite heavy going until up on the plane. Difficult to see where you are going and that had jockey seats too.
If you have trimmed the bow down (leg down) as far as you can and it still rides bow up then I would go along with Rogue Wave and try some ballast to counter balance the set up......
A boat similar to this one fine with six passengers on board in the front seats but a different kettle of parsnips with just me at the helm and a lot of boat up in front of me to peer over.
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found a use for the kids then allso may need a auto bilge pump on the back
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They make good fenders too.
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would use the wife for that
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would use the wife for that
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