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Old 27 August 2002, 07:32   #11
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As said before, drysuits are definately a plus. When I did my BSAC Boat Handling, me and one of the other blokes managed to make total fools of ourselves. Whilst launching the boat, we were making sure the trailer wasn't too near the edges of the slip, and once the boat was in, we were holding it steady. The other bloke then managed to find the edge of the slip, by stepping right off it. Then whilst I was busy laughing at him, I took a step backwards and found the other edge on the other side, by stepping right off it. Luckily we had already zipped up our drysuits, so the only problem was trying to stop everyone else laughing at us.

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Old 28 August 2002, 04:15   #12
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I learned this from Paul Lemmer
M'lud, the case for the prosecution rests . . .



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Old 28 August 2002, 06:32   #13
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My thoughts exactly (You have been Lemmerised!!)
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Old 28 August 2002, 08:38   #14
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Looks like we can always rely on David for advice on how not to do things!
Dead right. Ive spent years learning how not to do things properly, and occasionally i get it right. Haven,t dunked the truck for ages now. Pity, it was the only time it got washed.
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I fell into Loch Ness last year whilst launching Quicksilver!

I was looking really professional until then. At least I was wearing my 'old' lifejacket and not my new self inflating one.

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PS Only the younger ribnet members will get the joke in the parenthses
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"Joke", so that's what you call em eh? Old folk these days....

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Launch and recover

It really helps if you have docking arms on the trailer to guide the boat on and to keep it there in stronh winds and cross tides , try Hayling on a strong ebb!

I keep my RIB on moorings so only do this 2 times a year lucky me.

On another note anyone have any good advive re auto bilge pumps , mine seem to fail or the switch gets stuck .Ineed them to keep the boat dry on moorings .
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I had this problem on my Avon 6.2
I fitted two pumps. One between deck and hull that worked on an auto-float switch positioned half way up the boat. It worked when a) lots of water 'tween-decks or b) when under way and boat was on the level.
Second, I guess more what you also need, is a "computer" pump installed in the water-gathering well at the transom. This switched on automatically every 3 mins. 24/7, and cycled up. If it sucked water, it continues to pump it overboard till well is empty. If no water in well, it stops it's cycle. I know it sounds as if it consumes lots of battery power, but it doesn't. It ran for me for 2/3 months in rainy winter and never ran down battery.
For this not only kept boat dry but had the added advantage (in Mayflower Marina, Plymouth) that the dock staff were used to seeing my boat dry inside. Once the pump input got blocked, and the boat started to gather water. This was so unusual the marina staff rang me at home to tell me so I could fix it before a problem arose.
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My first RIB was a 6m Delta with 200Hp O/B and the trailer I used had loads of rollers, which made the launch and recovery very easy. Performing this on my own was fine even in adverse conditions.

For slipways that were shallow I used a long piece of rope attached to the trailer & towing vehicle to drag the boat to a point where I could attach it to a tow hook.

I have also launched a 28ft RIB from a Super Roller Coaster 10 trailer which had around a 1000 ( approx ) rollers with the same ease.

So don't be put off by a larger RIB on a trailer, rather think about the issues and how to get round them.

Also watch out for people quoting sentences with the word "Paul Lemmer" in them

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Just idley musing for a moment Keith, about your story of "falling into Loch Ness".
Now it may be the tablets I'm taking, but a couple of questions spring to mind:
a) was this the first time you have "fallen in", or have you been doing it for years?
b) do you just fall in and get right out or do you swim around for a bit until some tourists start to take your photograph?
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