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Old 10 October 2008, 13:26   #31
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sounds like that was of your own doing - you didn't brief yor crew properly. But why do you need a boat hook to come alongside a pontoon?
Speaking from personal experience, I can feel a trip to The Bilges coming on. It's a strangely liberating experience!
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Old 10 October 2008, 13:34   #32
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Not my mistake but one i learn't from ( honest Guv!)

A centre i worked at, moons ago, had just had the 5.8 v8 Cobra engine in a Paracraft winch boat reconditioned. The mechanic had forgoten to remove the core plugs at the end of the season before and as you can imagine, after one of the coldest winters there were problems with the engine mainly a large crack in the block. Lesson 1 learnt!

Lesson 2

With great excitment we watched the boat being launched by said mechanic and he duly put her through her paces all was well. Forecast was great for flying the following day, Yipee!

With great excitment we arrived at the centre the following day only to see the bow disapear under the water

The cause - bung was not put back in the boat

Great when simple but expensive mistakes are not your fault and the cost doesn't come out your own pocket
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Old 10 October 2008, 14:47   #33
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I dropper the SR5 half in my neighbours drive and half in the road outside!
I had removed all the internal fittings to flow coat the deck, after 3 days of scraping and grinding the old non slip off i decided to turn the boat around in the drive which slopes so i could wash the dust out and the water would run out the back.
i pulled it down the drive and backed into my neighbours drive, then pulled off leaving the baot behind,
Yep i had removed the nuts off the inside of the bow eye the eye was still attached to the winch strap!
fortunately no damage apart from a dent in the tarmack! and it whinched back onto the rollercoaster easily.
the best bit of all.......no one noticed, or knew about it until now.
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sounds like that was of your own doing - you didn't brief yor crew properly. But why do you need a boat hook to come alongside a pontoon?
When you have a fair swell and a hell of a crosswind it often helps!!!

I did brief the crew - I just naturally assumed that everyone knew what a boathook was!!!
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When you have a fair swell and a hell of a crosswind it often helps!!! I did brief the crew - I just naturally assumed that everyone knew what a boathook was!!!
Quite agree.. Mr Polwart wants to try berthing in a range of conditions before making such a comment .. such as trying to dock when power is low or non existant .. all hands and anything count then
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Old 10 October 2008, 18:05   #36
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As we were approaching a pontoon i asked a landlubber mate to get the boat hook ready to grab the pontoon
Yep good piece of kit!!

I'd be much happier for the kids, wife, guests to use the boat hook for a lot of tasks fending off, catching mooring bouys, and in a MOB (safer than having loose ropes in the water etc, etc,

Its not often i stuff a landing up (not that i'm admitting to anyway )but allways had a member of the crew up front with boat hook in hand just incase as fingers and limbs between to hard places hurts lol
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Mr Polwart wants to try berthing in a range of conditions before making such a comment
have come alongside a variety of pontoons in various boats in most normal conditions (under sail and power), including buggering it up at some point in most of them. On a rib the importance of fending off is much reduced and for securing to the pontoon passing a line to the HM would be much more effective that asking someone who was new to boats.

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allways had a member of the crew up front with boat hook in hand just incase as fingers and limbs between to hard places hurts
but presumably, since if they do nothing or do it wrong you are percieving a danger, then you have briefed them well enough to realise they are using the big stick like thing not a grapnel on a wobbly chain!

However I fear Nickster will iminently be protesting about thread drift.
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Lesson 2

With great excitment we watched the boat being launched by said mechanic and he duly put her through her paces all was well. Forecast was great for flying the following day, Yipee!

With great excitment we arrived at the centre the following day only to see the bow disapear under the water

The cause - bung was not put back in the boat
Ah yes - I launched in January one year with a conversation that went something like this just after the boat came off the trailer:

Crew: "Does your new boat have flooding hull?"
Me: "No" (in the car about to pull away)
Crew: "Yes it does"
Me: "What are you talking about?"
Crew: "Well I think you forgot the bung then!"

Inevitably the bung was at home an hour away - but we managed to fashion one from one of those cork key floats. By the time I caught up with what he was saying and the flow was stemmed it was over 18" deep. Never happens on a warm day does it, or once you have "got round to" fitting the bildge pump.
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On a rib the importance of fending off is much reduced
Could argue that the otherway - in a swell and notice at the last min there is a rusty nail sticking out etc


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for securing to the pontoon passing a line to the HM would be much more effective that asking someone who was new to boats.
When the chips are down thats when the mistakes are made - if i had a pound for every time i have seen a rope thrown that ends up in a knotted ball no where near where it was intended to land....

Oh i'm bored now

Polwart i think you have to admit that codprawn is right on this one
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Im asking you all to put your tales of daring or woe here for everyone to read and take note of
I think the closest I have come to serious disaster with the rib wasn't on the water:

Long day on the water, later back than planned, dark, raining, cold, tired, expected home sharpish for family commitment - so rushing home. Towing along a road I knew reasonably well (but not as well as I thought!) came to a junction with queing traffic - locked up the car in the wet - trailer went sideways down the road but somehow by luck or skill [thats what I tell the passenger in my car] I managed to get it straight and find just enough empty space between the stationary traffic and the on coming car.

Totally my fault, and it was just luck that stopped it being a multicar crash. Was taking risks in the car that I wouldn't have taken on the water (hence why late!).

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- Driving a rib all day is tiring, probably more so than most people realise
- Should have stopped for coffee & rest before driving home (my reactions were definitely slower than normal).
- Anyone who has never tried an emergency stop with their trailer should do so (somewhere safe). Even if you don't skid the effect on stopping distance even with a small trailer is surprising.
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