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Old 28 February 2009, 11:41   #11
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Like as in "wow" or as in "holy crap!!!"
All depends how you jockey it
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It all depends on your budget - how much are you going to spend?
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Old 28 February 2009, 11:51   #13
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I've done a bit of sailing (toppers) and had some power boat (Geminis) training whilst adventure training in the Army. Not much in the way of "proper" instruction, more like, jump in and take it for a spin, see how they handle if you need them.

I've read the RN's "rules of the road (sea)", a bit mind numbing, but I know about priorities and nav light recognition, not much use unless you're over 20/50m, but worth knowing what's about and what they're going to do.
A few hundred quid spent on training will still be a good investment though. Especially if you go somewhere that runs small classes (or even one-on-one) training that can adapt to your existing knowledge.
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It all depends on your budget - how much are you going to spend?
I was thinking about 3-4k, the mrs was thinking 50.

Wasn't looking at pretty, was more aiming towards the battle tested stuff.
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I'm not disagreeing with your experience blackroady but don't you think manual inflation lifejackets would best if he's in and out of the RIB into a kayak?
No problem - my thinking is swap to canoe vest between boat & canoe. I tried to canoe in 'real' lifejackets but they seem to resstrict my shoulders. But agree manual could be a solution for the 2 craft. I'm not a great fan af manual jackets - but thats whole new thread
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I've read the RN's "rules of the road (sea)", a bit mind numbing, but I know about priorities and nav light recognition, not much use unless you're over 20/50m, but worth knowing what's about and what they're going to do.
I'd agree with the invest in training.
It might also be worth selecting a training centre that uses boats of about the length and power that you are considering.It could be an expensive mistake to buy the wrong thing.


I'm Guessing if you paddle the bitches your knowledge of the sea should be of a decent standard but might be worth considering some theory training RYA Day Skipper perhaps.

There is a good book start powerboating and others available from RYA would suggest a look at them to.

Welcome to rib net it's good for info aswell
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No problem - my thinking is swap to canoe vest between boat & canoe. I tried to canoe in 'real' lifejackets but they seem to resstrict my shoulders. But agree manual could be a solution for the 2 craft. I'm not a great fan af manual jackets - but thats whole new thread
Very fair thinking
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I was thinking about 3-4k, the mrs was thinking 50.

Wasn't looking at pretty, was more aiming towards the battle tested stuff.
Who's gonna say searider first?
D'oh!
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plus it (the mrs) can tow me and some mates to Ramsey sound (the bitches) for a freestyle session
you are not seriously suggesting towing an occupied canoe any distance are you? would have assumed much better (and safer to put people and canoes on the rib)
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you are not seriously suggesting towing an occupied canoe any distance are you? would have assumed much better (and safer to put people and canoes on the rib)
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