Originally Posted by Jamie Andrew
I am in the process of buying a RIB and would welcome opinions and advice on propeller protection as I have a young family.
engine off when people are in the water near the boat, make sure the forward and reverse selection is gated by the lever and works properly, teach the kids to keep away from the throttle and not fall against it or on it, use kill cord on arm at all times, teach the family what to do in an emergency, teach them that it is not a toy to be played with so to speak, no leaning out of the boat when travelling, taking care of ropes, not trailed in water, extreme caution when using toys, always wear lifejackets and keep seated and hold on when travelling at speed, practice travelling and pull cord to check it works and the boat reaction
all sensible stuff but you need to be careful with little kids, also slipping in and out is a dangerous time so make sure all the family understands their role and what they need to do to help, even if it is keeping out of the way, also i have seen some silly things happen on slipways with some idiots out there so i would say keep kids in car on slipways so safe
hope that helps