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Old 01 March 2004, 13:03   #1
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Righting a capsized RIB

Can anyone point me to any internet resources on righting a capsized RIB?

I am happy with the theory, but have to deliver this to a bunch of relative newcomers to RIBbing, and as I can't draw I'd really like to find some noddy diagrams I can use!!

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Old 01 March 2004, 15:53   #2
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Anyone?? 58 views and no replies??

OK. Lets move the goalposts a bit.... Has anyone here ever capsized a RIB? Lets hear some war stories....
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Old 01 March 2004, 17:09   #3
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I guess you mean righting and not selfrighting cos the RNLI could tell you a lot about selfrighting

well I know a guy who actually had to right a 4.5 mtr rib in the mid atlantic. His name is Arek Pawelek from Poland and you will find his details in the members list. His story appeared in the Rib International magazine. I know this cos I did the translation. I suggest you locate that story , contact Arek and you will have first hand experience. Mind you this was a rib but modified to have a keel so this makes it even more difficult to right. Anyway he did it and survived to tell the tale.

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ps you could also go onto Yahoo and do a search for "Arek Pawelek" and you will come up with some information about him and that voyage
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Old 01 March 2004, 17:49   #4
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Well, I suppose it depends how big it is....

I have rehearsed this several times in Bristol Docks with the Pride of Bristol Tender. This is about 4-5m, no console or seating, picture attached.

The way to right it if it has flipped is as follows.

If there are any other people in the water get them into a group and hold onto the bow. Then they will be out of the way!

Take the bow rope, take it half way down one side and fead it through the handholds on the tube. - Throw the rope over the upturned hull

Climb ontop of the hull.

Take the rope and stand on the opposite tube to where the rope is attached - Lean back and the rib will flip over.

This works!! - I've done it!!

With a bigger rib, then stand more people on the side to pull on the rope.

If you can't flip it, get all people out of the water and ontop of the hull and await rescue! - better than in the water.

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ps - I'm in Portishead too!!
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Old 02 March 2004, 03:10   #5
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Ive done it lots of times, we have to do it at work to test engines to make sure they start again. Its very easy. I would put some pictures of it on but i dont know how to!!
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If youve got some pictures on your computer then go to the attach file box below where you would write the text, click browse and find the file on your computer.

Make sure its saved as a .gif .jpg or .png file though.

Id be quite interested to see pics of someone righting a rib by hand. Done it a few times with a 4m inflatable but is it possible with something like a 5m rib?
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Old 02 March 2004, 05:27   #7
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It can be done! We are doing an exercise on Sunday, so I'll make sure I get some photos and post them up here!

Obviously much easier with a self righting bag... but perhaps a scarier experience!
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Old 02 March 2004, 06:47   #8
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Not a capsize but maybe interesting all the same.
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Heavens forbid, however.......

as a once keen dinghy sailor (Lasers / Mirror / GP 14's / Optimists, Escapes)etc. I've capsized many times. If this were to happen in my RIB apart from getting on the VHF (handheld waterproof) I'd attempt to right myself as follows.

1. Position myself at the bow and take hold of the bow line which would automatically bring the nose into the wind and sea.

2. Run the bow line to what I'd determine at the center of the boat making it fast to either a grab handle / A frame or other secure object.

3. Deflate the tubes on whichever side of the boat I was hoping to right her from, i'e whichever side was going to be immersed as she flipped over. Deflation would assist with the boat digging in !

4. Climb atop of the upturned hull with heaving line in hand and as with a dinghy use ones weight (and additional crew if avalible) to heave her over.

However, just attempting this with one of the aforementioned small/light and balanced craft with a keel / daggerboard to stand on is task enough on a calm day. Somehow I fear given the circumstances that may flip a rib, I doubt whether I'd manage to get mine back over.

Hence, quality safety gear, preperation and the awarness of what could happen are key to surviving any such events.
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Adam where are you doing your excersise on Sunday? Down in Portishead Marina?

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