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Old 19 January 2005, 20:38   #11
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..It's s lot easier to do in a dry suit or waders
I go a along with that. And make sure there aren't any wee bu**ers about who'll hide yer car keys when you're parkin' the boat.
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Old 20 January 2005, 04:44   #12
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Only thing to add to the above comments is, when solo I wear an extended kill chord which enables me to get to the bow/stern without disconnecting myself from the KC. Also the KC is clipped to the waist band of my lifejacket, not just looped back on itself. Extension is about 4 foot with a bowline in one end and a metal clip at the other.
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Old 20 January 2005, 05:12   #13
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hi all

When i go out on my own or on an extended trip, i always were a floatation suit and a life jacket, warm hat and a pair of gloves, take something to eat and drink, make sure you were enough clothing, you can always remove if you get to warm.

Good luck with your trips

My first loooong trip was from Brixham to the Solent and another comming up soon
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Old 20 January 2005, 06:59   #14
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Only thing to add to the above comments is, when solo I wear an extended kill chord which enables me to get to the bow/stern without disconnecting myself from the KC. Also the KC is clipped to the waist band of my lifejacket, not just looped back on itself. Extension is about 4 foot with a bowline in one end and a metal clip at the other.
If thrown out How close would you be to the prop before the engin cut out?
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Ribbing is so much more fun when you are on your own.

Yeah, yeah. You're only saying that because you've got no mates.

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Old 20 January 2005, 07:19   #16
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I would suggest having someone around the first time you launch and recover just in case you need a hand until you get your routine worked out.

Also pick a quiet time at the slipway the first few goes
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Old 20 January 2005, 07:46   #17
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Spent a fair time on my own in my previous 5m and now SR4 and been through some seas in it. The boat will handle quite differently for sure.
One good thing is that you only have to worry for your own safety, which means not having to turnaround every time you launch of a large wave to see if your passengers are still aboard!
Be confident, but don't push yourself. I keep my mobile in an aquapack within very easy reach, and its a cardinal sin to not wear that kill cord!
I only really go solo in Carrick Roads and perhaps a mile into Falmouth bay and it's always good to be in sight of those top coastguards Boyz and girlz!
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Old 20 January 2005, 08:00   #18
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If thrown out How close would you be to the prop before the engin cut out?
Even with a short kill cord the engine will still be going fast as you and the boat go your separate ways

The kill cord really only ensures that the boat stops and maybe close enough for you to swim after it. Having said that with a lot of wet weather gear and a bit of wind blowing the boat away the distance between you and your boat can be too far Harbinger of doom Des
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Old 20 January 2005, 08:05   #19
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Taking the correct precautions makes anything easy. With the advent of EPIRB's and Sat phones you are not really on your own.

I went from Poole to Brest ( more or less ) on my own and was quite happy that I had taken all measures to insure I was safe and just enjoyed the trip.

Also if you heard me sing you'd wish you hadn't come with me.

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Old 20 January 2005, 08:14   #20
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http://www.mcmurdo.co.uk/?Menu=17&Pa...ts.asp&ID=1017

These are also good, always have a pack in my jacket But I seem to remember that there was a move to ban then

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