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Old 26 June 2016, 14:59   #1
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Powerboat Level 2

Hi there, this morning I took delivery of my first boat- a 5.2m RIB with 70hp outboard. Do you think that doing the powerboat level 2 course(I did level 1 ~5 years ago) is essential or can you learn everything you need to know in your own time?
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Old 26 June 2016, 15:09   #2
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It's not essential, but it is highly recommended.

You can learn a lot of it yourself if you want to, but you'll get more out of your boat quicker with some training. The sea isn't a great place for learning by trial and error either.
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Old 26 June 2016, 15:39   #3
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Thanks, John. That's what I was thinking! The problem is I was hoping to take the boat on holiday but I can't fit in the course before we go...
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Can u do it while on holiday?

Not many people do L1 on its own, so u may need to sit down with the syllabus and say will I need to do XYZ... you don't want to pick up bad habits and you are far more likely to damage ur new boat while learning
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Agree with all JK says but if impossible at least try and get out with an experienced ribber (maybe on here) beforehand to do some basics.
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Where are u going? Have you any other boating experience except the one day course?

If you are going somewhere sheltered, understand tides, the weather is sensible etc then you'll learn a lot on your own, and can then follow up with a course when you get back. you may even learn more that way as you know what to ask about or what you struggled with.

If you are going to somewhere exposed, and have never had to think about the depth of water or how wind and tide combine before then it could be in at the deep end; and if you get the wrong wind it can make launch and recovery messy or even expensive.
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Learning on your own time will cost more than the course.....

How much time have you had on the water since you did the L1?
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Thanks guys, I think I'll leave the boat for my Ireland trip then do the course before venturing out into the open seas.

Have only been out on Loch Lomond since doing level 1, heading to the Inishowen peninsula in Donegal so it probably needs a more experienced captain!
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Thanks guys, I think I'll leave the boat for my Ireland trip then do the course before venturing out into the open seas.

Have only been out on Loch Lomond since doing level 1, heading to the Inishowen peninsula in Donegal so it probably needs a more experienced captain!
Now that is a rare thing these days...................somebody with some common sense.!

All joking aside, cannot echo enough, all the comments and advise above.
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Old 27 June 2016, 05:10   #10
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yep christopher columbus stayed at home till he got level2 i think all thats required is a bit of common sense and if theres stuff your not sure off google and youtube
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