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Old 14 June 2005, 16:15   #1
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I should be in Norway ...

About now, my wife and I should be landing in Norway for the start of a 12 day holiday.

What's this got to do with RIBs you may ask?

Thanks to the driver of a RIB on the Sunday of RIBEX, my wife has damaged her back and is in quite a lot of pain, leaving her unable to travel.

I shall not name the RIB or its driver but the cause of the problem was the RIB continually landing on one side and not "flying" level. Unfortunately, the helmsman didn't once check to see if the passengers were OK, so the problem was compounded by repeated bad landings. In addition, the engine was so noisy that I couldn't hear what my wife was trying to tell me, so she gave up trying.

Not only has this screwed up our holiday but my wife can probably look forward to this problem for six weeks or more.

I hope that we can all learn a lesson from this.

Chris.
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Old 14 June 2005, 16:38   #2
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Sorry to hear Chris, i hope your wife will get better fast.
We drive around 800 hours charter every year and the security of the PAX is always nr: 1.
For me it sounds like the driver was a salesman and not a driver, drive a boat as you explained sounds really irresponsible, it doesnt sound like he had any experience at all.

Hope this doesnt destroy your thoughts of ribs.
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Old 14 June 2005, 16:41   #3
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In fairness if YOU couldn't see your wife was in distress what chance would the driver have???
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Old 14 June 2005, 16:49   #4
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In fairness if YOU couldn't see your wife was in distress what chance would the driver have???
Absolutely but as i se it the problem is not to hear or se in this case its the handling of boat wich will make the PAX comfortable.
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Old 14 June 2005, 18:18   #5
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As someone who suffers, at the chiro 11am Wednesday,from a bad back I know how the bad the pain can be. I would suspect that the RIB ride showed up a weakness in her back that could have been caused by any normal movement.

Get the peas out of the freezer , get some anti-inflammatories from your doctor to tide you over until you can get an appointment from the chiropractor is my advice.

Good luck and best wishes to your wife.

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Old 15 June 2005, 03:11   #6
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Mark and Petrov - Thank you for your kind wishes.

Mark, this was not an existing problem, my wife has damaged her coccyx, the lowest part of her spine, which may actually be fractured. Apparently, there is no specific recovery time for this type of injury, whether badly bruised or fractured, but 6 weeks or longer is not unusual.

There is no question about the cause. When I mentioned that the boat was landing on its side, the salesman (who had stayed on land) said that this was because the boat wasn't loaded evenly (3 people on board). I should have thought that if this was expected to be the outcome, then either a fourth person should have joined us to balance the boat, or we could have moved to other seats so as to try to minimise the problem. Handling the boat differently might have resolved the problem.

We are not newcomers to boating - I owned my last boat - a 23ft sports cruiser, with a 5.7 litre V8, which used to cruise at 30kts - for 14 years. We travelled across the Chanel, down to Cornwall etc. in various types of seas and yes - we did occasionally land on the "flat", rather than on the Vee.

Importantly, I would always check that the passengers were OK, after such a landing and I am talking about an occassional landing, not something that was almost continuous.

My wife is not keen on boats generally and this episode has done little to help her enthusiasm. Fortunately (for me) my daughter also loves the sea and powerboating, so we shall still be getting a new RIB for the 2006 season. But it won't be from the unmentionable manufacturer whose boats seem to run along on their side!

Regards,

Chris.
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Old 15 June 2005, 03:45   #7
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Bad news all round.

In my view even if the boat was initially loaded badly the driver should have been able to change the angle on take off or landing to counter act this effect.

My previous boat which was diesel and had a single prop used to lean right over when getting onto the plane. With a little practice I could stop this happening.

If a dealer doesn't know his boat what hope do we

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If it was landing on the left side repeatedly and it is a normal rotation gearbox, it is most likely to be the result of being trimmed in (down) to much. The other possibility is of course badly set trim tabs, but that would be really dumb!
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Driver should also be able to compensate the rotation av the prop by turning the steering wheel fast and short to the right, that will make the boat go more straight thrue the waves.
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Old 15 June 2005, 05:59   #10
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Chris, sorry to hear about your wife's injury.

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In fairness if YOU couldn't see your wife was in distress what chance would the driver have???
That really is no excuse. Anytime I bring anybody new out on my RIB I check on the passengers constantly and, I don't mean just looking back. We stop the RIB and ask them if everything is ok and if they are comfortable, etc.

I really can't understand how this could happen. Obviously the so-called helmsman didin't have a clue about the RIB and hadn't the slightest clue about passenger safety. Please do name and shame, if only to ensure it doesn't happen to anybody else on here.

Something similar happened last yr at RIBEX with a RIB not flying level and being poorly driven: RIB-X/Falcon 700
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