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Old 19 June 2009, 08:35   #11
Country: UK - England
Town: Southport
Boat name: Qudos
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It's a subject that keeps crossing my mind. Mainly with kids on board. I only ever stay in rivers and then only in calm weather if I have one of the bin lids with me. But I've still been bounced about by other boats wash and other things. Doesn't take much for a child to loose thier grip.
I only ever go out with another adult on board who sits behind which ever kid is with me. But this can be hard to organise sometimes and plus the boys like time alone with thier dad.

Really I think I'd be ok to strap them in as their really isn't any chance of me being over turned in a river. More a risk of grounding at speed.

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Old 19 June 2009, 08:38   #12
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How many have actually been 'over' in a RIB?
Not many I presume.

I have, twice, once rolled over sideways, and once over backwards.

Both times I was doing stupid things in a small overpowered RIB in conditions that should have demanded more respect in the first place.
I was a prat not to learn the first time, but was too young and stupid to care.

I would not want to have been strapped in on either occasion.
It would be hard enough to get out of even a quick release harness, if conscious, but ducking back under the tubes, whilst disorientated and wearing an inflated life jacket would not be easy.

As mentioned, best soloution would be to be a little more sensible, but if you want to learn the hard way like I did, then please don't starp yourself in.


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