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Old 21 October 2005, 17:09   #71
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The jockeys on the Blue Marlin are quite 'grippable' with your legs if things get a bit wobbly - but this generally only happens when I don't have any paying ballast on board, and I forget.

The nearest I've got to being thrown out was when I judged it was too rough for paying punters, but thought I'd go out for a play anyway and played chicken with the ALB. Everyone was waving at everyone else (in a pleasant stylee), until I hit it's wake, which was like a brick wall, and it launched us straight up into the air.

My bilge alarm seemed to go off for quite some time (it tends to do that when weightless), I then held on to the steering wheel and throttle very tightly, and was then re-introduced to the padding of my seat rather rapidly.

I'm glad I was standing.

Anyway - I'm still walking, still singing at the same octave (I think), and am now staying away from the ALB when playing out...



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Old 21 October 2005, 17:12   #72
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For those of you who did not see Have I got News for You tonight, watch/record the replay on sunday. Interesting shot of 2 people being throw out of a boat (a hard boat, not a RIB). Both were sitting in a bucket type seat.
It is a bit quick and may require a bit of replay to see what happened.
Its the bit at the beginning along the lines of "Tony Blair discovers what the red button is for"
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Old 21 October 2005, 17:12   #73
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Footstraps and windscreens

Funny how I only noticed this post now.

As most of you will know the Redbays are tough boats and one of my purchase criteria was its ability in rough waters. I had been warned by Tom McLoughlin in Redbay that you will probaly break yourself before you break the boat. Little did I realise that I would put that forecast to the test.

Last Decemer 28 in an effort to shake off some Xmas excess myself and two others went wave chasing in a force 6/7. We were in the company of some guys in a Husycat and were keen to impress. We did. The Boat handled itself brilliantly and we got great fun from driving off waves and into big seas.

After some time I offered to let one of the others drive and my co pilot was a bit heavy on the throttle. Going upwind at approx 30 knots we hit a big wave and the sensation was as if we had hit a wall.

I was in port passsenger jockey holding onto the console grabrail. With the force of the collision i was thrown forward and pivoted on my wrists. I stoped when my upper gum hit the top of the windscreen. Result: one smashed mouth and broken windscreen. As for Toms forecast I suppose you could say it was a draw.

Since then I have had foot loops fitted and the sense of security they give is amazing. I can now grip myself tight to the floor which allows for movement from the knees up. This gives me much more control over my lateral movement as well as forward and backwards control.

Whilst very useful in the rough stuff the family like the additional safety in the fast stuff on the calmer days.

I would recommend footstraps to anyone and especially to those of you with the faster / bigger boats who tend to be out in the more challenging weather.

Best of luck.
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Old 21 October 2005, 17:16   #74
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First I heard of it (but I want one!)

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Get a red one and subject it to years of sun and salt, then wash it in non-bio at gas mark 7 a few times.
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Old 21 October 2005, 17:55   #75
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I tend to sit with my knees clamped tightly to my beer can to avoid spillage.
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Old 22 October 2005, 03:50   #76
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You're beginning to sound like gas mark Pete 7

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Depends on the boat, really. And the design. And visibility etc.
And speed too among other factors. Bit pointless trying to look like James Bond when tootling down rivers at 5 knots

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For those of you who did not see Have I got News for You tonight, watch/record the replay on sunday. Interesting shot of 2 people being throw out of a boat (a hard boat, not a RIB). Both were sitting in a bucket type seat.
It is a bit quick and may require a bit of replay to see what happened.
Its the bit at the beginning along the lines of "Tony Blair discovers what the red button is for"
You can see the video here: http://www.jfvideo.co.uk/gallery/Gen...ideos/ejection

If just goes to show that if you hook at high speed you're likely to have problems whatever sort of seat you've got!

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Seems a bit strange to me - the boat doesn't seem to undergo THAT violent a jolt and yet the speed they are ejected is amazing!!!

Maybe an external shot would make things clearer!!!
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You can see the video here: http://www.jfvideo.co.uk/gallery/Gen...ideos/ejection

If just goes to show that if you hook at high speed you're likely to have problems whatever sort of seat you've got!

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The TV shot was of 2 passengers getting ditched. Similar conditions. The camera angle is higher on the HIGNFY clip.
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