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Old 03 July 2009, 16:57   #61
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Oddly enough, I'm not that surprised!


Thanks to Neil, my briefings just got a lot sharper
I have two breifings I give to crew.

The first is to people that I would entrust with my recovery.

The Second is aimed at people that are most likely to do more harm than good (don't fancy the prospect of my Son aiming the boat at me at WOT) to turn to channel 16 and call out May Day, till someone answers.
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Old 04 July 2009, 06:44   #62
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Pontoons..... a lot of people put likejackets on kids once in the boat - there is as much if not more danger on the pontoon. the boat is probably tied alongside, engine off - so delaying a rescue if someone does fall in. tides can be strong and can drag them out of reach quickly or (I dread this) pull them under pontoons (it has happened).
nearly every private sailing club that i visit even inland sites ,have a mandatory p.f.d. to be worn if going anywhere within slipways or pontoons and that goes for anyone ,how many of us have a plan though to recover a m.o.b.if he or she is incapacitated eg shock or injury and cannot help themselves ,for my sib i have a parbuckle sheet rigged and rolled up .even my 9 y.old can now get me inboard ,
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Old 04 July 2009, 08:29   #63
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Hope you are feeling better Neilda,its been a very interesting read and it certainly hits home.Never thought about the killcord,i have a Tohatsu and no killcord = no start,ill have to get a spare killcord ordered.Get well soon pal and dont let it put you of boating
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Old 04 July 2009, 16:23   #64
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Thanks for being candid Neilda, and I hope you are improving well Sir I'd appreciate if you could give us a little build up of your boating history, had you driven a power boat of this size before, for example ? .. You dont sound as if you are a man without means by your credentials, and its a pitfall we could/many fall into, just interested to know some background.

My own near misses should have had me give my crew boarding passes for the flight but similarly a firm briefing is of the order before hand, and as it happens , all my auto LJ's are getting renewed this year as a matter of course, due to UV fabric damage and potenial pellet & gas deterioration
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Old 05 July 2009, 06:59   #65
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I have watched children crabbing at Poole and many other locations, with not a life jacket in sight. A 30ft drop into deep water with limited access and often with large vessels coming and going.
I agree, my youngsters wear a buoyancy aid whether crab fishing in Datmouth or playing in the big waves at the beach, not to mention on the boat. On the beach it makes for a much more relaxing parental experience and they are easier to spot as well.
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Old 05 July 2009, 07:27   #66
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Thanks for being candid Neilda, and I hope you are improving well Sir I'd appreciate if you could give us a little build up of your boating history, had you driven a power boat of this size before, for example ? ..
Boating history zero. I had covered just over 300 miles in my new RIB before the accident. Whilst only vaguely connected to boats, I have owned several 200 mph + cars and have driven/raced at Le Mans and Goodwood - this has given me a disregard for speed. I now realise this is a dangerous and foolish attitude when applied to boats - cars at speed I can do, I did not expect a boat to have similar levels of grip!!
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Old 05 July 2009, 09:25   #67
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I agree, my youngsters wear a buoyancy aid whether crab fishing in Datmouth or playing in the big waves at the beach, not to mention on the boat. On the beach it makes for a much more relaxing parental experience and they are easier to spot as well.
Learning to swim is a big help..............

I grew up by the Red Sea - learnt to swim at about 3 or 4 - was scuba diving by 7. I used to sneak out at 6am and go swimming on my own in the sea. I fell off more boats and jumped off more bridges than I care to remember - and I am STILL here!!!

How long will it be before every kid on the beach is wearing a lifejacket.............
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Old 05 July 2009, 10:30   #68
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Boating history zero.
Have you considered taking some training?
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Old 05 July 2009, 10:49   #69
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did you dislocate your shoulder on the way out of the boat or when hitting the water?
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Old 05 July 2009, 11:07   #70
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Yes I took training on the day my boat was delivered - as I have remarked several times here, the accident was caused by a foolish and ill thought out manoeuvre on my part; by dramatically changing the attitude of the prop whilst airborne.

My shoulder was dislocated on hitting the water at full speed. I didn't feel it 'pop' as I was more focussed on survival, then on where my boat was heading with two novices on board.
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