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Old 20 August 2004, 00:44   #11
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I would echo the other comments.My seven year old son used to love it to bits,calm weather nice day etc,but I got a bit more adventurous and have been out on few days where it has been quite bumpy and he has got very wet with spray,now he is not so keen.
Apart from the normal wet weather gear that he wears,we are thinking of getting him a helmet with visor,like the gecko to see if that helps.
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Old 20 August 2004, 03:04   #12
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These are my sister's little ones are 7, 7 and youngest 5. They love banging along at 50kn, when its very calm. The youngest does not like it when the nose lifts high, however she will get used to that one. Better to start them young .... however it will be a while before my 6week old goes out, she is a little too young.

Before anybody says anything ... I put a double kill cord on, and it was firmly attached to me at all times! If the kids do anything mad while I am up front taking pics, they get pulled!
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Old 20 August 2004, 03:24   #13
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Apart from the normal wet weather gear that he wears,we are thinking of getting him a helmet with visor,like the gecko to see if that helps.
I think the helmet is a very sensible idea and should be worn at all times. One of the problems with nippers is that the seats and grabhandles are all designed for gownups and the kids can bang their heads about a bit.
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Old 20 August 2004, 07:00   #14
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Agree with everyone above.

My 3 year old Nephew Loves the RIB and has been going out on it since he was 2. Obviously as with any boating activity safety is paramount he always has a life jacket on and he is always under at least one adults close supervision.

I dont think I would be anywhere near as comfortable with any other type of boat for two reasons.

1) I think some of the sports boats with their creature comforts give a false sense of security and you relax and this is when something bad is likely to happen.

2) Sadley the british weather cannot be relyed on (certainly her in Cardiff this week we have seen 4 seasons in one day most of this week.) and I would much rather be in the safety of a RIB should the weather change and be comfortably able to reach safety reasonably quickly with out too much of a worry.

Obviously this is just my opinion. If you are ever over Cardiff way give me a shout and I would be happy to take you (and the family) out for a spin.

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Old 20 August 2004, 07:32   #15
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Glad this issue has been brought up - when I finally get my boat I intend taking out my mate and his tribe - 4 kids aged between 3 and 7 - was worried they were too young but then I was thinking how much I loved going out in speedboats when I was as young as 3 - by the time I was 10 I had my own 14' with a 40hp johnson - and used to take it out with just me and my brother - who was 7! No lifejackets - no radio - no flares - nothing! Mind you it was the Red Sea where there were no tides or currents and the water was so warm all the sharks were sleeping!
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Old 20 August 2004, 08:19   #16
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steve

but the 6 year old loves it to bits and comes on all my trips when we tryed to go around the IOW this month she got in my mates boat just because it went faster than my one
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yep i can vouch for this...she wanted a superior ride on a dryer craft that goes faster than yours Dan though even at my super speed she still needed more and more. recon you could be facing a mutiny very soon
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Old 20 August 2004, 08:31   #17
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Great way of taking the kids to the beach

My kids are now 4, 6, and 8 years old, and this is our third season. As others have said, we're careful only to go out when the weather is good. Everyone enjoys it when it's sunny, and as their confidence grows, they are better in more wavey conditions.

We don't go very far, I would say a maximum of 1/2 hour pootle through the harbour followed by 45 minutes across the bay to some interesting place. Also, we put warm clothes and waterproofs on if there's any chance of spray, so no-one gets wet and cold.

For cruising you want a big RIB. For what we do, our smaller RIB is just perfect - we can land on beaches quite easily. We spent a long time thinking about the seating before going for a 4-5 man long jockey seat. Allows for close supervision, and the kids feel very safe. 2 years on, and we're still pleased with this layout. Kids can drive safely with an adult just behind, ready to take over if necessary.

I posted a couple of pictures ages ago, here
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Once the kids are older, I fancy a slightly bigger boat (5.85?) with individual seats, but they're not ready for that yet. The two younger ones regularly go to sleep; with different seating, I don't think we'd manage.

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Old 20 August 2004, 08:35   #18
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yep i can vouch for this...she wanted a superior ride on a dryer craft that goes faster than yours Dan though even at my super speed she still needed more and more. recon you could be facing a mutiny very soon
she as booked a seat in waynes PT520 with a 90 on the back for the clacton
air show poor old dad

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Old 20 August 2004, 14:05   #19
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Wow - what can I say but thanks for so many really helpful replies. It was especially good to hear of so many families including children being able to use the RIB without any real drama and taking the obvious safety precautions and care.

We're off to look around a few boats at the weekend - including RIBS new and used.

In response to some questions I was asked:

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some kwestions for you
Are you buying new or secondhand
What size boat are you thinking of getting
Will you be a trailer sailor or leave it in a Marina
What are your boating aims
What boat did you train in.
1. Not too bothered about new or secondhand - I'm looking at both, secondhand is offering a broader range for the budget.
2. Absolute max length would be 6m. There's 5 of us plus frequent "occassionals" happy to go smaller but it would have to fit us all in.
3. Haven't quite decided on trailer or Marina - assuming space was available in a local Marina. At present the thought of towing the boat and launch/recovery every time we use it doesn't fill me with joy - would I pay the price for the alternative though ? Don't know yet.
4. Initially just aiming to have a bit of fun and build up experience. My 16 year old did the Level 2 with me and is very keen. After a couple of seasons I'd like to do the int/adv powerboating and move a bit further afield and offshore.
5. We did the level 2 in a Tornado RIB with outboard and had a good time.

Simon - was this a standard option or a custom job ?

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We spent a long time thinking about the seating before going for a 4-5 man long jockey seat. Allows for close supervision, and the kids feel very safe. 2 years on, and we're still pleased with this layout. Kids can drive safely with an adult just behind, ready to take over if necessary.
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Old 20 August 2004, 14:51   #20
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You can take her for a spin yourself in mine if you want Dan,I can sit back in yours and take some photo's of her.I can also raid your fridge whilst your gone.
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