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Old 28 June 2019, 01:08   #1
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Safety gear

Apart from a functioning radio, anchor, life jackets, first aid kit and flares, what other safety equipment do my fellow Ribbers recommend carrying on the boat for leisure, inshore ribbing (i.e. Not more than 3 miles from shore)?
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Apart from a functioning radio, anchor, life jackets, first aid kit and flares, what other safety equipment do my fellow Ribbers recommend carrying on the boat for leisure, inshore ribbing (i.e. Not more than 3 miles from shore)?
Drinking water
Safety knife
Hand held VHF
Membership of Seastart lol
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Apart from a functioning radio, anchor, life jackets, first aid kit and flares, what other safety equipment do my fellow Ribbers recommend carrying on the boat for leisure, inshore ribbing (i.e. Not more than 3 miles from shore)?
There's a certain item of kit that can raise a passionate discussion on RIB.net................
The majority of RIB's don't use one, the minority who do get very fervent about 'it' and you dare go floating without one your the devil incarnate! If you want I'll PM the word and you can do a search, not brave enough today to publicly post it!

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Membership of Seastart lol
So very un-self-reliant of you!! How unprofessional to even suggest the above
(Oh, worth every penny if your in their area of operation! Marine Breakdown Assistance by Sea Start )
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Thank you Simon and Fender, much appreciated.

Being a newbie here, I am unaware of the passion provoked by the item to which you allude. Fender, please send me a PM!
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Thank you Simon and Fender, much appreciated.

Being a newbie here, I am unaware of the passion provoked by the item to which you allude. Fender, please send me a PM!
Will do, but prepare for the feverish dialogue - pop the kettle on and enjoy

Ref safety kit, If I'm solo I always clip a PLB on my lifejacket, that way there's a chance your ass is covered in you go unintentionally swimming ( as well as the obligatory hand-held VHF on your person ).

If your not already qualified RYA do some great powerboat courses - very worthwhile
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If your not already qualified RYA do some great powerboat courses - very worthwhile
Ah yes: the wife and kids are already qualified and I will be doing mine this summer.
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Ah yes: the wife and kids are already qualified and I will be doing mine this summer.
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Fire extinguisher seems to be missing.
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I also carry a good waterproof torch and a few foil blankets. The torch for seeing with or being seen and the blanket tor emergency warmth or, again, being seen.

I'm going to mention the unmentionable item. Auxiliary means of propulsion. This could be paddles, spare engine, seastart or going out in company, depending on where and how you boat.

Suncream isn't a daft thing to carry either.

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Killcord!



Radar reflector so you can be (might be ;-) )seen - a decent one, properly orientated*.

What are you wearing if you should go in the drink? A drysuit might be overkill on a hot day, and oilies only keep the thrown wet off......but there are some excellent layered wet thermal options from the likes of Fourth Element (pricey) and Rooster (more reasonable). Think about your hands (dexterity when cold) and head.


*NB those 'tube' style ones that you usually see hung athwart a-frames are in their worst orientation. They are not a true corner reflector. To work at all they need to be vertical (with no pitch and roll!), so if you've got one to give it any chance it needs to be loud and proud like Blackadder with a new codpiece.


PS) I know you said 3 miles....but it's cold in the UK, busy in the Solent and 3 miles is a long swim!
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