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Old 19 January 2005, 14:43   #1
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Going Solo

Setting aside any difficulties regarding launching and recovery and being sensible in relation to conditions weatherwise is solo ribbing safely viable or a definate no no? If viable what additional precautions should be taken by a lone ribber?

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Old 19 January 2005, 14:46   #2
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Tell everybody you can when and where you are going, and even more importantly when you will be back.

Do not try anything to daring to start off with, maybe have a couple of trial runs pottering around the bay, that sort of thing until you are really confident.

Even Ellen Mcarthur had to start somewhere.


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Old 19 January 2005, 14:50   #3
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Not a problem as long as you have a VHF, a Kill Cord and a few sensible provisions on board. Toolkit, spares, etc. And let someone know when you expect to be back, and what to do if you're not back by a certain time.

I launch and recover my 6.25M Ocean by myself off a roller trailer all the time. I'ts hard work, but possible.

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Old 19 January 2005, 16:52   #4
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I solo quite a bit down here as I often taxi people across the harbour and then return on my own.. (doesn't sound extreme i know - but its a BIG harbour). I have been out in open seas solo a few times and the more you do it, the less scary it gets but the hardest thing is keeping an eye on a following sea...
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Old 19 January 2005, 17:22   #5
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Don't do anything silly, have good preparation, be confident in your ability, respect the sea and enjoy.
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Old 19 January 2005, 17:24   #6
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1/ Kill cord!!

2/ Kill cord!!

Oh and remember your boat will go like a bat out of hell with less weight on board and may well handle differently.

And remember the kill cord!!
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Old 19 January 2005, 18:07   #7
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I have launched and recovered a 6.5 meter rib so many times by myself!!
And I've been out in weather up to a force 6 by myself a couple of times!

I made sure I had my kill cord on!!
Made sure people knew when I'll be back and where I was going!!

I also let someone know I was coming with an average ETA at my destination!!

So as long as your confident of the boat and safe! with as many people as possible knowing where and when you will be back you should be fine!!

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Old 19 January 2005, 18:39   #8
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Make sure someone knows where youíre launching from, where youíre going to be cruising and what time you expect to return. Ensure they know what to do with the information. You can always log your passage with the coastguard.

Generally just be careful and make sure your wearing suitable clothing. I always wear my dry suit and carry a VHF radio on my lifejacket. Kill cord!

I would also stress if you get into difficulty, however small, let the coastguard know. You don't have to declare a mayday or pan-pan - just a normal call. If things get worse the CG will already know whatís going on.

Solo ribbing is great fun - Enjoy!
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Old 19 January 2005, 18:45   #9
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Ribbing is so much more fun when you are on your own.

Safety is paramount though. So make sure you have the stuff to survive being thrown out. TPA lifejackets spare kill cord etc the advice her so far is good. I much prefer ribbing on my own cos you aren't responsible for the safety of others then.

Launching and recovery aint a beef on your own but make sure you have plenty of rope so you can tie the boat up to summat whilst getting the trailer. It's s lot easier to do in a dry suit or waders
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Old 19 January 2005, 19:23   #10
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All of the above and I've noticed everyone mention Kill cord, but don't forget your Auto inflating Lifejacket as its even more important. Pleasant solo cruising.

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