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Old 04 May 2015, 11:07   #11
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A mate of mine once said ' if you haven't got a knife what are you doing with a rope, if you haven't got a rope what are you doing on the water '
Not to belittle your mate, but there are no ropes on a boat unless you have a bell...

BA; the best advice I can give is "be careful". I have no problems with using a knife on a RIB, but you do need to be prudent about it.

Your bait station is pretty nifty; perhaps tying the blade to keep it in close proximity to the cutting surface? I'd think the most likely time for trouble is when you're not actually using the knife to cut.

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Not to belittle your mate, but there are no ropes on a boat unless you have a bell...
It was on a swiftwater rescue course, we were more in the water than on the water (trying not to be under the water)

I've always got a little blunt nosed knife on my buoyancy aid, I know where it is when I need it and it gets sharpened or at least checked before every trip.

I picked up a floating rope off Mull 'crab patch' years ago in lumpy weather and had to cut it off the skeg in a hurry, as I did a large wave came over the back of the rib and hit me square in the chest/face, I took a sharp intake of breath and the knife which was between my teeth disappeared. I was happy to have stayed in the boat because I was on my own.

I started carrying a spare after that (spare knife not spare boat), I also bought a handheld vhf which is tied to me in case I fall out.


Proper paramedic shears will cut through most stuff in a hurry and they're designed not to puncture.


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Old 05 May 2015, 11:10   #13
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I started carrying a spare after that (spare knife not spare boat)
LOL. Okay, that was a good one. We used to heckle the tech divers about having a spare [everything] stored in their drysuit pockets.


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Proper paramedic shears will cut through most stuff in a hurry and they're designed not to puncture.
EMT shears are great for cutting when you get the stuff to be cut into the blades.

In your example (a line wrapped around prop) they're not going to do a lot of good (though you *can* get some small amount of cutting action by using the sharpened scissor blade as a makeshift knife in an emergency.)

I carry a small sheath knife on the A-frame, and have several other knives stored in the boat (a small folding riggers knife in the console, and a couple of dive knives stored in the forward seat, though they're buried enough to probably be unfindable.) Several pairs of EMT shears as well.

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Old 05 May 2015, 12:19   #14
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Nice in theory but not a good idea in practice. One large wave whilst using your knife and you'll end up putting your fingers on for bait
Why would 12" of string on a knife make you cut your finger off?

any fishing charter I've been on has had the bait knife tied to the handrail to stop it going overboard in the rough, same with the chopping board.
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Old 05 May 2015, 13:47   #15
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Just exercise reasonable care when using sharp and pointy things. Not THAT difficult surely?
You could always buy a hard boat instead......
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I keep my fishing gear including knife and cutting board in a Wilko plastic tool box and when gutting and filleting I use the bench seat as a table. Come in handy them bench seats
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Not to belittle your mate, but there are no ropes on a boat unless you have a bell...

Bolt rope????
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Get one of these
http://rickyoungoutdoors.com/gerber-...guthook-knife/
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Old 06 May 2015, 02:47   #19
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They are a tenner on blades and bows.
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Why would 12" of string on a knife make you cut your finger off?

any fishing charter I've been on has had the bait knife tied to the handrail to stop it going overboard in the rough, same with the chopping board.
I do a lot of fishing on Charter boats and many skippers do keep their knives on a string. However I did hear through a fishing club member that someone slipped on the floor after the boat was rocked by a wave. They didn't let go of the knife that they where using and ended up cutting the palm of their hand as the blade pulled though. It cut everyone's day short as the Charter had to make for home where the guy had a number stitches at the local hospital.
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