Nickster, i trust i'm missunderstanding your posts but i do feel i have at least a moral obligation to ask you for your response to coments you have made which i find difficult to understand.
If i have missunderstood please accept my apologise and feel free to reply, it may also serve to drum up business?.....
Originally Posted by nikster
Passage planning is absolutley critical however mundane it seems and my little course will heavily concentrate on simple techniques that even if the weather is horrendous where you cant take your eyes off the sea - you will still have an alternative and safe haven option...but more importantly you dont need any maps or paper!!
Are you seriously recomending going to sea with no charts???
From another thread
ok - lets look at this in the real light of day - fareham creek, no chop, good weather, excellent visibility..... the chances and historical data shows you have more chance of winning the lottery than coming a cropper in a rib in fareham creek in good weather......
i bet you a pound a pinch of sh$t that the reason the guy did not go out of the harbour was because he had young kids on board and a new born.....so his decision to go for a pootle up fareham creek, was a good one based on the passengers he had on board...
lets not go over the top - when you clearly have no knowledge of the skipper, his abilities, his passengers abilities or the risk involved in such a bland low risk outing - then i dont think it is appropriate to lambast someone...based on what you see in some pictures......
no doubt you file a passage plan, make everyone wear drysuits, and have epirbs fitted to everyone, and make endless calls on 16 just to make sure you dont get out of radio range............
keep it real......lets no lose the fun of what the ribs are meant to bring.....
most skippers are fairly good at assesing the risk based on the conditions and route to be taken....
We had an incident on the Clyde just not so long ago, where a boat sank in what i would describe as great boating conditions with plenty of other boats in the area.
I'm pretty dam sure all onboard were greatefull they wore lifejackets!
Do you not personaly have good reason to advocate the use of suitable flotation nickster?
Interestingly they also had to use VHF despite the Clyde being the busiest its been for a long time to my knowledge.
You used demo boats presumably to provide demonstrations to the public ( forgive me if i have misunderstood the use of 'demo boats' but anyway in my opinion should have been equiped at least with hand held VHF surely??
Not carrying a knife on a boat - If i forget my knife i can think of 2 other tools on my boat which can be used to cut ropes. Should only the helmsman be carrying a knife???
Nickster, my reasons for asking is not for any comercial gain or defimation, hell i'm in the wrong part of the country to benefit. I'ts just i can't get my head around someone with your listed qualifications as seriously meaning some of these posts.
Of course you always have the right to reply and i hope it is enough to give potential customers on your course a little bit more confidence.
JK if you deem this post out of order in anyway please remove as you see fit