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Old 10 August 2004, 08:26   #41
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It was number one I think last week

I'll buy it for the team to cheer them up.
There. We're back on topic

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Old 10 August 2004, 08:37   #42
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It was number one I think last week

I'll buy it for the team to cheer them up.
There. We're back on topic

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What a great idea.
That would do the trick, cheers me up when I listen to it

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Old 10 August 2004, 08:38   #43
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My baby is the most important thing to me, so when I go out with her on board I understand that I have other lives to think of as well
For the benefit of forum members who do not know Mr Flanker (PeteB) he was banned from this forum about 18 months ago and also described most of us as being insane and should be reported to the authorites for taking our kids on a rib!
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Old 10 August 2004, 11:48   #44
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Everything sounds very interesting, very exciting and very thrilling. A very good story to tell around the fire in the winter time with a glass of red wine or brandy in your hands a way from wrogue waves and stormy seas. Like in the book that was published a year or so a go.

IMHO the cew should be thanking God that they all made it back in one piece and unheart, and we should be happy that they are still with us and not in the bottom of the sea. That is the bottom line.

If the boat was seaworthy or not (as some suggest in a way) is a matter for the insurance, MSA and the marine experts to judge (if they ever find it) not for any of us.

As it has been said the boat sunk and probably (most likely) will never be found. This must be quite sad for the owners, those who have been involved with it in one way or the other and the sponsors.
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Old 10 August 2004, 11:49   #45
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Hi Alan, Kathleen and the rest of you RIBbers!

Thanks Alan for the report. There are obviously some in here who question the integrity of Spirit before embarking on this crossing. I can't provide an informed comment on the technical side because I'm not a RIBber. I can however offer a bit of logic.
Alan is an experienced seaman (no puns needed) and as such knows what the ocean is capable of. It is insane to think he would set off across the Atlantic if he had any question as to the soundness of the boat. Why would he put himself at risk, not to mention the rest of the crew??? It is my understanding that Spirit was going to Newfoundland and was going to be left there to help the Community Food Sharing Association and underpriviliged people. Thanks for making the effort , Alan.

What matters most is the crew made it back safely......and I still have my Dad!
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Old 10 August 2004, 12:26   #46
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ct01, my comments were at children out with no life jackets on, and the story of one strapped into a child seat, I dare not to think what would have happened if the rib had gone over. Anyway I am not going there, it is up to each individual how they prepare for incidents, perhaps Alan's little incident will jog a few minds and get people to double check their gear. Alan was prepared and is here to tell the tale

Oh! and by the way I decided not to get a RIB at this stage due to the safety of the baby, I went for a hard boat. When the time is right I will be out playing with the rest of you, but I am happy learning at the moment.
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Old 10 August 2004, 12:30   #47
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Hear, hear Deana. I think people here have been very sympathetic and seeking to support the well-known local team. (And your dad is an honorary local now as well )
It's great Eg. is home safe. Can't keep a good man down

The analysis of events and consequences is very helpful to all of us...from ordinary pootlers like ourselves to the designers and boatbuilders as they try to ensure that boats will take most anything the sea throws at them. Let's face it few of us are Rogue Wave chasers (apologies Britt). So we don't get a chance to have a trial run of something like that. (I'm not talking about hunting down Irish ferry wakes either G&T ).

I think we can learn also from the men's description of how they survived and managed to come out alive.

Hope you get catch-up time with your dad soon.

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Old 10 August 2004, 12:45   #48
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just wondered if a full examination had been carried out on the rest of it, including the fittings to the hull. )
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I'm not getting involved in this heavy discussion, but you didn't answer the question and it would shut certain people up. Were the tubes checked by a professional such as Ed @ Olmec or Chris @ Henshaws before the trip?
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Old 10 August 2004, 13:48   #49
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Just a thought (dangerous I know) - but all the time we here about all these record breakers getting into difficulty and their boats sinking etc.

Then you see a 40 yr old ketch up for sale that has done about 10 circumnavigations without complaint!

Just wondering how seaworthy a RIB is compared to a traditional narrow beam deep keel cruising yacht?
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Yer traditional long keel cruising yacht probably aint doing 20kts when it disappears down a big hole / gets hit by a big wave.
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