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Old 07 October 2008, 18:27   #1
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"I learn't about Ribbing from that"

The one thing i have learnt in life is to learn from others!! - and i am in the fortunate position to meet many, many people on a daily basis that drive various boats for a living or a hobby and they all have a story to tell....!

Im asking you all to put your tales of daring or woe here for everyone to read and take note of................... WE can ALL learn from others no matter what the expereince level or situation......... so please post if you have something that may well be a valuable lesson for all.

Note: for the serial posters... please try and leave the banter out.... just let people go for it without ridicule etc.......

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PS Any chance you can sticky it.............. for safety reasons of coarse...!!
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Old 08 October 2008, 08:03   #2
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Lessons Learnt the Hard Way

OK, here's one I learnt whilst out on the club diving RIB.
Don't clean your diving 'treasures' on top of the tubes with your diving knife!
Seen it done, and was not quick enough to stop the inevitable
We did not see much of him after that
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Old 08 October 2008, 09:05   #3
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One from me- first time out in new boat a few years ago & not used to the handling. There were ' reasonable' size waves coming up over the bar at the entrance to the harbour.

The engine was trimmed out ( as its is shallow & I was worrying about the prop) . I bring the power up to speed up the boat to level it off when going into the wave , planning to chop the power at the top & drop in the back of the wave , BUT ..............

All that happened was the nose went up , the boat slowed down, the wave went under the bow , the nose went up higher , the engine & transome vanished under water ! I by this point was hanging on praying the boat came down the right way & didn't flip backwards .

After what seemed liek 3 days it did flop back down , but I now have 1 ton (or more) of water in a 4m boat - so its not exactly handing well ! So I've now drifterd out of the channle & the prop strikes the bottom ( and half of it stays there ) . I've now got a huge vibration at anything other than idle & need to turn the boat & get out of the surf ! ( i'm thinking I've pulled the leg off the engine etc). I somehow turn round get out of the surf & back in the flat calm harbour and manage to tie up at a bouy. Spend the next half hour getting the boat empty & getting up the courage to even look at the prop etc, and once done crawl home.

What did I learn ? A new boat wont always do what you think it will ,& I nearly totalled the boat for the sake of an 80 prop! Maybe I should have thought about the possible outcome before I got there !
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Old 08 October 2008, 16:26   #4
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When I went to Sea Trail Kohaku (my last RIB) the owner backed her down the slip when the winch let go and dropped her on the concrete. Scraping and chipping the hull bottom and trailing edge of the transom.

I always use a ratchet strap and wind the Bow painter around the winch post a couple of times, just to make sure. I also make sure there is no one standing between the trailer and bottom of slip after seeing a fishing boat being recovered when the rope snapped causing the Trailer and boat to career down the slip and broadside another guys cruiser. No one was hurt luckily.
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Old 08 October 2008, 17:26   #5
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more infothe last good weekend out 2 weeks ago , we were just leaving the beach when a chap came running into the water wearing a very posh full steamer wetsuit asking for a lift to his boat . He pointed to a brand new bayliner bowrider that he must of anchored at low tide which was about 400 yds off shore , he said he felt it was too far to swim and it was his first trip out and he didn't realize the tide came in so far. He commented these wetsuits are so hard to swim in

No problem I said jump aboard and the fellow rather awkwardly pulled himself into my rib . He looked a little strange and sat rather awkwardly on the tube . I noticed my wife facing the bow with a big smile on her face trying not to look back into the boat , anyway i was too busy getting the motor started and out through the small surf to take any more notice. I dropped the guy to his new boat and he kind of crawled aboard it very awkwardly on all fours as if he had some sort of problem
As we drove away my wife and daughter were laughing their heads off , I started to tell them off for being cruel and they both said din't you see what was wrong with him , He had his new wetsuit on back to front
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Old 08 October 2008, 17:32   #6
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more infothe last good weekend out 2 weeks ago , we were just leaving the beach when a chap came running into the water wearing a very posh full steamer wetsuit asking for a lift to his boat . He pointed to a brand new bayliner bowrider that he must of anchored at low tide which was about 400 yds off shore , he said he felt it was too far to swim and it was his first trip out and he didn't realize the tide came in so far. He commented these wetsuits are so hard to swim in

No problem I said jump aboard and the fellow rather awkwardly pulled himself into my rib . He looked a little strange and sat rather awkwardly on the tube . I noticed my wife facing the bow with a big smile on her face trying not to look back into the boat , anyway i was too busy getting the motor started and out through the small surf to take any more notice. I dropped the guy to his new boat and he kind of crawled aboard it very awkwardly on all fours as if he had some sort of problem
As we drove away my wife and daughter were laughing their heads off , I started to tell them off for being cruel and they both said din't you see what was wrong with him , He had his new wetsuit on back to front
I've seen that, zip up the front and a gaping hole at the back of the neck.
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Old 08 October 2008, 17:43   #7
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I've seen that, zip up the front and a gaping hole at the back of the neck.
Yes i think his real problem was his tail between his legs
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Old 08 October 2008, 18:40   #8
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How about you Nikster?

Got any tales of woe
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Old 09 October 2008, 03:25   #9
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chris, soon as i get off this boat....and im home i will share 2 experiences, one was the whitby accident and the other was to do with a lobster pot at night......... :-)
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Old 09 October 2008, 03:41   #10
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chris, soon as i get off this boat....and im home i will share 2 experiences, one was the whitby accident and the other was to do with a lobster pot at night......... :-)

ooh, please hurry back.
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