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Old 16 February 2014, 16:57   #11
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i have these MARINE STAINLESS STEEL FOLDING MAST STEP YACHT SAILING | eBay fitted to my rear console and used like motorcycle footpegs. gives kids so much more confidence, safety and enjoyment. they are really well made, and fold up out of the way easily and without rattling etc.
Nice one Fester boy not bad for a Adams family member
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Old 16 February 2014, 17:00   #12
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Old 16 February 2014, 17:05   #13
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ask kerny about the corpse carrier on the back
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Old 16 February 2014, 17:39   #14
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i have these MARINE STAINLESS STEEL FOLDING MAST STEP YACHT SAILING | eBay fitted to my rear console and used like motorcycle footpegs. gives kids so much more confidence, safety and enjoyment. they are really well made, and fold up out of the way easily and without rattling etc.
I had this problem when specing my 5,3 with my 2 then 6 & 8. No problem with the eldler, but the younger's feet would not reach the deck
Thought about fold down stirrups/ pegs, but reasoned within a couple of years they would be able to reach the deck & I would have made holes in the pods for the short term.

My solution - 2"x4" footblocks abot 10" long with non-slip tops - bungeed around the pod. Has worked really well - cheaper than folding pegs / stirrups,& not obstructive if adults on the seats. Pods also pristine with no holes. Also gave flexibility if just out with one of them as she could side by side by side with me

Now the girls are a bit older older & feet reach the deck- redundant with no legacy on the boat.

If you want the set I made they're yours for a MacMillan donation - I can post some photos next weekend.

Just a thought on wingback seats with youngsters - ours got jammed between them when assessing them (quite amusing in the Ribcraft factory) so although I like them, on that practical evidence we decided not to go for them.
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Old 17 February 2014, 06:43   #15
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My nine year old prefers to stand behind the seat when she's not on the stick - I've added a rope handle so she has a handhold perfect for her size!

I've added a wide piece of webbing to the jockey seat, seat belt size,. The 5 year old uses this as a hand grip, horse reins style. He seems to have no issues in not touching the floor, and if he's on board we aren't jumping or out in anything that will bounce him too much.

As he grows the webbing can be removed easily or left in as it'll save whoever is there grabbing the one in front.
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Old 17 February 2014, 07:04   #16
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Something else to consider - that was very important to us - is the actual seating configuration.

We wouldn't compromise on
a) Single jockeys - didn't want the children on a bench, or double jockey where they would struggle to hold on in comfort and safety.

b) 2x2 layout. If I'm out with one of them I far prefer to have them beside me than behind me (far more fun / interesting for them as well keeping an eye on the plotter, monitoring radio etc ), and if out as a family there's an adult beside each child.

This limited our options on boat but I don't regret this for a minute.
Always consider the worst conditions your family might be caught out in - not the ones you plan to be out in. Weather & more importantly seas can change quickly.
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Old 17 February 2014, 09:13   #17
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Having been out in some big seas with the children, we now all put on short life lines when the conditions dictate, so no one can get thrown out of the boat. The last two tragic accidents in the press with kids and ribs made me re think. Fitted 4 x folding pad eyes to the deck, and those elasticated lifelines to decent life jackets.
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Life Lines Having been out in some big seas with the children, we now all put on short life lines when the conditions dictate, so no one can get thrown out of the boat. The last two tragic accidents in the press with kids and ribs made me re think. Fitted 4 x folding pad eyes to the deck, and those elasticated lifelines to decent life jackets.
I have my two sat on single jockeys with a lifeline attached to their in life jacket harnesses. We have found the sprung lifelines excellent. Like others we thought hard about configuration and wanted a low rear bench. In reality the bench is good when idling but for going quick the jockeys are best . They feel quite secure and we have the 2x2 layout so mum and dad are right next to them.
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Having been out in some big seas with the children, we now all put on short life lines when the conditions dictate, so no one can get thrown out of the boat. The last two tragic accidents in the press with kids and ribs made me re think. Fitted 4 x folding pad eyes to the deck, and those elasticated lifelines to decent life jackets.
Have you considered what would happen if your Rib ends up upside down? I know you have to try pretty hard to do stupid stuff like that but it does happen. Hit a submerged object at speed and you might well flip it. Is there air space? Will the life jackets let the breath? How easy to unhook? How easy to get out with the LJ on? What if the impact knocks someone out - can someone else do it?
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Interestingly, commercial coding for RIBS in Ireland requires lap belts for all bench type seats. Tough sh1t if it flips (you shouldn't be going fast enough to flip?)
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