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Old 03 July 2009, 04:58   #31
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i went over the side of a high speed boat in the 1980s owing to sombody using silicone spray polish on a grab rail ,even though i was in a dry suit and thankfully i have always worn a lifejacket it was something i wouldent want to happen again ,i was totally stunned ,shocked and incapacitated ,i was face down in the water thankfully the life jacket turned me over ,my left arm had been forced around backwards thankfully not discolated but i pulled every ligament in my left shoulder. i was hanging in the straps of the lifejacket and i couldent move or help myself one bit ,even when the boat returned i could not move to help them i could only just about to speak after about an hour ,certainly knocked the stuffin out of me for a long time after .
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Old 03 July 2009, 05:02   #32
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i went over the side of a high speed boat many years ago owing to sombody using silicone spray polish on a grab rail ,even though i was in a dry suit and thankfully i have always worn a lifejacket it was something i wouldent want to happen again ,i was totally stunned ,shocked and incapacitated ,my left arm had been forced around backwards thankfully not discolated but i pulled every ligament in my left shoulder. i was hanging in the straps of the lifejacket and i couldent move or help myself one bit ,even when the boat returned i could not move to help them one bit ,certainly knocked the stuffin out of me .
I've only ever fallen out of one boat, it was doing 30kts and then turned, luckily the only injury was a sore ankle where the helm grabbed my ankle to stop 15 stone of me leaving the boat at 30kts, it never happened.
I did a few rolls then hit the water, I don't know how I never hurt myself!
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Old 03 July 2009, 05:07   #33
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I nearly got thrown out a couple of weeks ago. I had trimmed in to do a fast turn, was just starting the turn and a large wake came out of no where and hit me beam on. The hull bit into the water, slowed violently and then the whole boat was thrown onto the port side tube and I was thrown with it. Lucky for me the next wake hit and it throwed me the other way. Wasn't nice at all. Funny smell in the dry suit.
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Old 03 July 2009, 05:28   #34
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Thank you all so much for the supportive messages. I'm feeling a very battered and bruised RIBster this morning. It is of some comfort to know you're out there in interweb land feeling the bruises with me!

Now that the dust has settled, I've had time to review in my mind what actually happened, it was this........

3 boys on the boat, wanting fun, wanting it rough. Calm beautiful conditions. I found a small bit of wake and hammered towards it - while we were airborne (not high at all, more of a skip out of the water), I turned the wheel hard to port to go back and do it again. Boat heading one way, engine the other - it grabbed, kicked hard and, because I was standing, I was tossed out.

The events that followed - being in the sea, winded, in pain and watching my boat disappear at high speed, worrying another boat might hit me, trying to get back in the boat, worrying I wouldn't be able to get in the boat, the long journey back, the ambulance, hospital, my kids crying when I got home... all of that stuff....

It's made me feel quite hollow and incredibly lucky. There was a moment in Yarmouth when I considered not wearing the jacket, only a split second, but I did consider it.

Jeez, what an adventure. Most of you are much more experienced than me, but maybe my experience and the others posted here, will be a wake up call to anyone feeling complacent about RIBs - as I was.
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Old 03 July 2009, 05:30   #35
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All aboard ALWAYS wear jackets, always have done. I'm now wondering if I should switch from manual to auto jackets....
I would also agree with other posters that an auto-inflate is a no brainer, there was an incident I became aware of where an individual fell into the water but got hooked onto the boat so could not get himself out of the water. He WAS wearing a lifejacket but it was the manual type.

Luckily for him there were scouts about on the water and three of them canoed over to him and helped him while we tried to launch the RIB to get out to him in order to release him. Unfortunately some fools parked their cars directly opposite the top of the slipway and I had very limited room to swing about in order to launch the RIB. Luckily enough in the meantime another small rowing boat was found and got out to him by the time I managed to manoveur the RIB into place.

Thankfully for him he was ok if a little shocked, he was quite tired because he was having to hold himself upright as the lifejacket didnt inflate being a manual. For the sake of a few quid an automatic would have had him less tired and possibly less panicked as well.
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Old 03 July 2009, 05:33   #36
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I think it's all to easy for it to happen, especially in busy waters where there can be wakes from all directions. Have you thought about fitting foot straps to your deck?
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Footstraps might be an idea - certainly the tip about a spare cord around the wheel.

Auto jackets will be ordered.
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Footstraps might be an idea - certainly the tip about a spare cord around the wheel.
Not sure footstraps would be easy to fit or place correctly for you on Ribeye especially if several helms use boat and I dont see you using RIB is such extremes they would be of use Neil
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Footstraps might be an idea - certainly the tip about a spare cord around the wheel.

Auto jackets will be ordered.
I find my footstraps increase my sense of security immensely, though I can remember only one instance where they obviously held me down on the deck. I think they're worth it.
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With the E-tec if you pull the killcord off the engine stops however you can restart it without killcord on, just turn the key.

Its a nice safety feature perhaps the Yamaha can be modified to do the same.

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