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Old 14 March 2003, 05:22   #1
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Now I'm a RIBster..

(or nearly) I'd appreciate advice/tips on any of the following.

1. Recommended place(s) to buy:
- waterskis (adult and child)
- ringo or similar water toy for non-skiers
- wetsuits

Should I consider second hand. If so where?

2. What's the best method of providing a towing point for skis/toys for a 6m RIB with outboard. I assume a ski-eye but where to fix it as the transom centre is occupied (obviously) by the outboard.

3. Views on whether I should do water-ski driver training (I have powerboat level 2 and motor cruiser day skipper practical/coastal skipper shorebased). I have done some ski-ing also but not expert (still on two skis).

4. Places to water-ski near Portsmouth (I know about the Langstone Harbour area - any others?)

5. May want convenience of keeping boat in water, at least for 2-3 "high summer" (joke) months. Is anti-fouling a must or would I get away without and jetwash/scrub when I take the boat out again?

6. Do I need boarding ladder to aid recovery of skiers? Kids OK to pull over the tubes but how easy to pull myself in?

Thanks everybody (in advance).

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Old 14 March 2003, 05:54   #2
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Hi Tim


1. There is a huge chandlers down in Port Solent that sells all waterskies , ringo etc at reasonable prices aslo a nice place to go for lunch.

2. I have towed skiers for many years but never had proper training, take it slow and make sure you have a good look out for the skier, practice picking up using the figure of 8 turn to retrieve the skier, may be an idea to practice this using a fender instead of a skier for the first few attempts.

3. I ski in Alum bay which has good shelter and you can get close to the shore as the bank has a steep drop on it , or go across Poole bay to studland bay which is very nice and great for sking etc.

4. Lymington is a good place to keep the boat but i dont think you will get in now. Maybe Chchester or Hayling island would be a good bet to moor the boat. As long as you use the boat regulary yoou wont need to antifoul it, whe you take the boat outto the beach take a scrubbing brush and clean the hull as best you can, regular use will remove algi etc,

5. A boarding lader will help you get back in the boat which is not easy when you are tired after sking.

Hope this is of help.

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Old 14 March 2003, 06:25   #3
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Install towing eyes either side of the engine and I'm sure that a ski shop will have the correct fitting for two eyes.

This will insure that the pull is from the center of the boat.

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Old 14 March 2003, 07:14   #4
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I have towed skiers for many years but never had proper training
Yeah, and you nearly drowned me off Torquay a few years ago!

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Old 14 March 2003, 07:23   #5
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Oh yeah i had forgot about that one.

You have to take the rough with the smooth John, That was when i was learning. I seem to remember that being a funny lesson.
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Old 14 March 2003, 08:03   #6
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Yeah, and you nearly drowned me off Torquay a few years ago!
How does this happen? Did you get tangled up in the tow rope? Is that unusual?

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Old 14 March 2003, 09:17   #7
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You can Ski in a couple of places near Portsmouth. Lee on Solent springs to mind it has coned off skiing areas but if you really want a good and relatively Jetski free area then I would reccomend the Test Estuary.

This is at the end of Southampton water and is a big area where the container ships park sorry dock. Its dead flat allways and deristricted speed wise and not to many people know about it.

I guess I've just blown that though.

I bought a load of Ringoes twisters inflatable jetski's, ski ropes and stuff, but my insurance is commercial and doesn't cover me to tow skiers so they are unused. send me a PM and I'll tell you what I have and you can make an offer if you want.. Also I have a wakeboard and a pair of Waterski's which are not for sale but you can borrow them if you want.....There is also a Boat jumble coming up locally this Sunday you can allways get stuff at those.

Most important point as far as I am concerned is that you get some training of sorts maybe try the Calshott activity centre, they could give you advice at least.

Secondly make sure you are insured. I know when I used to insure my boats privately through Mardon then I was covered for skiinging and watertoys. I personally believe that if you are towing skiers you should fit a prop guard

Providing your'e not flying a PFC pennant then I am sure the Harbour Masters will leave you alone


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Old 14 March 2003, 09:20   #8
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John I am not surprised you had problems waterskiiing Your COG is too high. Your's supposed to have a low COG for waterskiing.

and they don't come much lower than mine
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And another couple of points,

The RNLI do a good free safety check. I think it's called sea safety and you get quite a lot of useful literature from it. Likewise the MCA has got good info.

If you need lifejackets and flares and stuff then I have found Allgadgets to be damn good value

Also if you do a search on the new boat owner we have all told people what they need to do and get kit wise. I am sure that you can find some good input at the Folly on a Sunday afternoon also.

I am so glad you are getting a RIB cos the last few people who asked for advice bought Condoms instead.

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Old 14 March 2003, 12:13   #10
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An important thing to remember when towing rings is that when the boat turns suddenly (say to avoid an object in the water) the ring continues in a straight line but at a higher speed. Hence you find that 3rd party insurance for rings is higher than skis. Keep a good look out and you wont have any problems and it is great fun.
We wakeboard behind our rib with the rope attached to the A frame and have a lot of fun.
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