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Old 25 March 2006, 14:14   #1
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Newbie Driving Question

At last the day arrived - the first opportunity to get Quick Exit in the water. I'm not an experienced rib driver, being much more used to 5 knots. So, I wondered if the gathered pro's could help me with some pointers:

Out today in fairly tricky conditions (F5-6, with very messy sea). Kind of stuff I'd cream through on a yacht, and was kind of expecting the boat (Scorp 8.5) to blast over the top of, but I was slamming, so pulled back to 25 knts, which was more comfortable. Should I have panned it and gone faster?

The bow seemed high, what should my trim settings have been? Also have bennett trim tabs, but they're not working too well, so left them alone.

Thanks in advance!


Phil

PS. None of this stopped me having a huge grin all day.
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Old 25 March 2006, 14:27   #2
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Yes but would you be doing 25kts in the yacht???
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Old 25 March 2006, 15:10   #3
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25 knots

No dead right Codprawn - in fact 25 knots felt like warp factor 10 to me!
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Old 25 March 2006, 15:10   #4
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Out today in fairly tricky conditions (F5-6, with very messy sea). Kind of stuff I'd cream through on a yacht, and was kind of expecting the boat (Scorp 8.5) to blast over the top of, but I was slamming, so pulled back to 25 knts, which was more comfortable. Should I have panned it and gone faster?
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The key to any succesful boat driving is progression. There a lot of bollox spoken about my boat does x squared Knots in a force 7 and X Cubed Knots in a force 8. At the end of the day you go out and you drive within your range of comfort and ability.....so backing off was very sensible!

goingback to progresive driving the smoother you take the waves the the faster you eventually go. if you hit them too fast then you back off/ speed up and this can be very tiring. As you get more experience of the boat then you get to go faster and learn how to fly her a bit better.

re the trim the general rule is trim down nose down. Trim up nose up your Trim tabs will make a great deal of difference to the ride particularly on an 8.5 Congratulations on buying such a good boat
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Old 26 March 2006, 17:09   #5
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Welcome aboard a great voyage of discovery, Phil!

Stuart has covered most of it, really.

However, what I would say is play with the boat, see what effect you get from different techniques. The Scorpion hull is great for this, very predictable and very forgiving. Once you get used to her, you'll be amazed at what you can get away with. You can go through rough water at incredible speeds, but you will need to read the waves ahead at high speed and that takes a lot of concentration. Just bear in mind that whilst the RIB is very capable, if you make a mistake at high speed, the sea might not forgive you! One of my most frequent mistakes is to accelerate too hard into waves and let the speed build up too much, but because I've driven in the way that Stu describes ("The key to any succesful boat driving is progression") I haven't got into major trouble... yet!

By October, you may find that you can blast through those waves at 40kts - the same ones that you took at 25kts today, but you will know your boat better by then and you'll know how to read the sea better by then. On the other hand, you may be out and decide that it's more sensible to take it easy... only you can decide.

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Old 27 March 2006, 04:22   #6
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Hi Freetrader,

I am also a Jersey ribber and Advanced PBI. If you fancy a trip out and a few pointers give me an email lesburons@yahoo.co.uk

I skipper a 7.5 tornado for ttdivers.co.uk new boat due May/June.

i am off the rock til Easter and not back at work til May so have plenty of time.

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As people have said, build up you experience, as they say if in doubt dont go out.

At high speeds compared with a Yatch you need to plan you journey so that you know ehere you are, in a yatch you usually have loads of time
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The key point to this is know your limits. Their are several threads here on how to successfully control a boat in rough conditions.

If you are heading into a head sea then you will need your engine to be trimmed in, this will lower the bow of the boat so the stem cuts throught the water. Try not to have the boat taking off too many waves as this will add additional stress to the boat, and also make the going very uncomfortable for those on board.

If you have a following sea then you will need to trim the engine out so as to raise the bow.

This is just the basic principles and their is alot more to think about, such as throttle control, angle of approach to the wave patterns.

If you are intending on going into such conditions I recommend a bespoke rough water handling course, or an advanced powerboat course.

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Trim tabs

Thanks as always for excellent advice. Went out again yesterday in F5-6, big swell, but better sea state.

This time got the trim tabs working, and the boat's performance was phenomenal. Could do 38-40 knots with total comfort and control. Amazed at the difference the tabs made.

Grin is even bigger :-))
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Thanks as always for excellent advice. Went out again yesterday in F5-6, big swell, but better sea state.

This time got the trim tabs working, and the boat's performance was phenomenal. Could do 38-40 knots with total comfort and control. Amazed at the difference the tabs made.

Grin is even bigger :-))
Thanks for that - you have just persuaded me to order the tabs for mine!!!
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