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Old 19 November 2007, 11:41   #11
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That's spell checker for you!!
I'm still wondering how you stay "Worm and dry".

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Old 19 November 2007, 16:51   #12
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Takson and Hairy Chimp are one in the same.

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Old 19 November 2007, 17:03   #13
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See Tobes - you ran to Sydney - but the powers got you.

Lets get together and blow the froth of a few when you are back and we can talk Ribbing in Malmesbury!!!

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Old 19 November 2007, 17:57   #14
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I am currently a Yachtie with no sailboat and limited access to getting on the water, not a good combination. I also have a young family who find the cruising legs on a Yacht drag on a bit. My daughter is only 21 months old so she doesn't actually say it, but keeping her pinned down in the cockpit is driving My wife an me nuts.

We have had the pleasure of doing a 2 day coastal cruise in Sydney in a RIB which has opened my eyes completely! All of us giggled like 2 year olds over the waves and went for 1 - 1.5 hour hops beforegetting off and having a run around on a beach or in a cove.
anyone who has (or has had) young children can sympathise with the issue; we have an almost 4 year old and he was one of the reasons for moving from rag and stick to engine. We also find it reassuring that barring a catastrophe we can be pretty sure of getting home and with some predictability on time (i.e. not too wind/tide dependent). Bear in mind however that 2 really nice days in the sun - may not translate to a shitty weekend in the wet!
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Does anyone else go out on their boats with children this young and do you have any specific safety equipment for them over and above Lifejacket/harness?
a good well fitting lifejacket and a secure hold from mummy is all we have - our main wish is for more shelter - a litl'un soon gets cold with an extra 20 knots of wind chill. Lots of layers helps - but even then its not perfect. Be especially careful if Mummy and Daddy are properly kitted up (with my float suit on I can be sweating whilst my son is going blue!).

With children as young as 21 months - I think you need to be a bit more gentle with the throttle hand - even small waves are quite bouncy for little muscles.
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Am I crazy or have I just had my eyes opened to what we can do while I wait for the children to get big enough to enjoy yachts and RIBs together?
Yachts and RIBs are certainly not mutually exclusive - I have no short term plans to go back to a yacht - so don't see it as a compromise. I think the big issue with ribs and young children in the UK is - weather... unless you are in the fortunate position to be able to work with the weather then your ribbing is going to be restricted to either without the family or only on a small number of days. A larger boat obviously helps. We don't take our son out in our 4m boat if the sea state is anything more than slight. Sitting in an open boat in the pissing rain is never much fun unless you are helming, or doing something lively that isn't very child friendly. So how many times in the last year has it been a nice (or at least dry) day when all the family were available, and the wind was gentle and sea calm enough for your 2 year old... is that enough to justify the cost?

If you are planning to tow/launch then think carefully about how two adults will manage multiple children and the boat during the launch & recovery process. It is possible but requires extra planning (and might limit which slips you want to use).

Hope this helps. In simple terms are RIBS and children compatible? YES. Do young children limit your ribing? YES.
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Old 20 November 2007, 10:51   #15
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This works quite well just use a mini lorry strap to strap down his car seat. Not waterproof, but I wont be taking him out in anything but dry warm weather.

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Old 20 November 2007, 16:58   #16
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No that looks trick!

I like the car seat option there. That one look good!
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This works quite well just use a mini lorry strap to strap down his car seat. Not waterproof, but I wont be taking him out in anything but dry warm weather.

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How did yu secure it down... have you screwed/glued something to deck or to bottom of jockey?
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Old 16 April 2008, 16:30   #18
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How did yu secure it down... have you screwed/glued something to deck or to bottom of jockey?
stainless eyes bolted through the bottom of the jockey Ben.
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stainless eyes bolted through the bottom of the jockey Ben.
Did you use any reinforcement? Or just a washer or something either side of the jockey side?

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We often talk in the University Sailing club about the scary fact that you clip on to a yacht to ensure you don't fall off, and the fact that a kill cord ensures the engine stops when you DO fall off. despite everyone being competent RIB drivers, we all have to accept the fact that the sea is a dangerous place when it wants to be.

So say something nasty happened. If children are ratcheted down to the Jockey seat, how do they get out of the boat? Obviously the majority would say 'we would just pull them out' but what if that wasn't an option ?

Just a thought...
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