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Old 21 June 2005, 13:24   #21
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to be honest

i think you should leave this subject now ,

i have heard many tales

vts tower, my mate

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cost gaurd


and let the courts decide
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Old 21 June 2005, 13:31   #22
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i think you should leave this subject now ,

i have heard many tales

vts tower, my mate

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cost gaurd


and let the courts decide

Agreed but how often do the courts do the RIGHT thing these days????
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Old 21 June 2005, 13:35   #23
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Would YOU drive at high speed at night without either a chart plotter or radar to tell you if there was anything in the way???
BINGO! Nor would I drive while wearing a blinfold during the day even if I had a chart plotter or radar - which would be no less dumb than what this guy did. The onus is always on the boat operator to control his boat and to ensure he does'nt slam into obstacles whether they are well marked, poorly marked or not marked at all. It's not like the bouy ran into him.
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On this subject, what do people have in the way of lighting for night use on their RIBs to spot objects etc?
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you ask Would you drive a rib at high speed at night without a chartplotter or Radar.
Short answer Advanced Powerboat Course.
Long answer read Simon Hawkins reply.
As for the rest of it let the Courts decide.
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you ask Would you drive a rib at high speed at night without a chartplotter or Radar.
Short answer Advanced Powerboat Course.
Long answer read Simon Hawkins reply.
As for the rest of it let the Courts decide.
Is that really a requirement of the advanced course? Don't think I would like that very much unless on a clear moonlit night!!!

I have already said "agreed" to the last one!!!!
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Is that really a requirement of the advanced course? Don't think I would like that very much unless on a clear moonlit night!!!

I have already said "agreed" to the last one!!!!
From the RYA log book
CAN Take charge of a powerboat at night, including entering and leaving a Harbour.
Demonstrate ability at keeping a proper lookout and identifying lit and unlit marks by night.
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Old 21 June 2005, 15:54   #28
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I seem to re call that Codders made the connection between the Raymarine E series and linking them to an infra red camera, other posts detailed infra red illumination. The kit is out there!

I use a handheld and pour over charts prior to an excercise in a new area and mind numbingly enter all charted marks, they are not way points so I dont run into thewm but are icons; bouys, lights etc.

I am deeply sorry for all the injured parites both mentally and physically, the prospect of facial/ocular injury has been an interest of mine for a while now consloes brisrlte with all manner of projections and the "driver" doesnt wear a seatbelt. Granted a seatbelt is a pretty mad idea for most Ribs but a skid lid and visor may turn out to be a cheap insurance policy.
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That is really tragic, at the beginning of each season I physically go to each buoy and mark it in my little garmin etrex gps. We only have a few of them but none are lit. I almost struck a reef last year at 15kts it scared the hell out of me and now I use charts to create route waypoints far from any danger zones. I would never endanger my crew again and I travel slowly because these 10x10x10 metre behemoths I photographed today can also suddenly appear at the last moment. Do you folks in the UK get icebergs in your water as well? If so, does radar detect it?
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Technology won't save you from an accident like this.

Planning will.

IMHO, Tim is 100% correct to point out the Advanced Powerboat syllabus, it's worth doing, really worth doing, in fact I would recommend that every skipper of a RIB or any planing craft should do it.

Best illumination for a night passage is the moonlight. Your eyes adapt very quickly. If it's cloudy, bad luck, and p'raps fall back to GPS chartplotter/radar.

BTW, it was a clear night on the night in question.

Keep to the main channels in the dark - 'specially if the buoys are lit.

The buoy in question is one of many - all outside the main channel.

A helmet and full visor has saved me from a minor facial injury about three years ago - not sure about high speed impact (shattering of the visor?)

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