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Old 17 October 2003, 14:50   #31
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Launching single handed is not difficult in good conditions: decent slipway, somewhere to moor the boat while you park the trailer, and no queues of people getting pissed off while you block the slipway!

Recovering takes a bit more practise, but providing your trailer is set up right for the boat, and you get it the right depth into the water, it can be quite simple.

If you're doing it right, then it's not more difficult in a larger RIB. In fact with the extra weight and stability it may even be easier.

It can be very satisfying and looks really cool when you get it right, but there is plenty of scope for getting it all wrong too

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Old 17 October 2003, 16:36   #32
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The biggest problem i have is what to do with the boat while i park up or fetch the trailer. its fine if you have somewhere to tie up to but not so good when you dont...any tips?
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Old 17 October 2003, 17:25   #33
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Find a different slipway! May sound like a flip answer, but it's the best option if you can manage it.

Otherwise your options are anchor off and swim in, or beach the boat. Neither of which I would particularly recommend . . .

Alternatively you could always make some friends to take boating with you

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Old 17 October 2003, 17:29   #34
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Or invest in a SIB!
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Old 17 October 2003, 18:21   #35
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You could use the sib as a tender to the rib (sorry Keith - I really didn't mean it like that!!).....

I had thought earlier this year about getting one of those 2 person inflatables that doesn't have transom for engine or anything special, but just enough to use to row ashore with if the rib is out at anchor or during launch and retrieval sessions and can be blown up on 12volt electrics in a few mins. I knew that having the cigarette lighter socket on the boat would come in handy one day for something other than the search light and portable fridge
Unfortunately, my Dad's beach dinghy wasn't upto much, and with one person in it, it became a submersible..... so it has to be a larger toy really.

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Old 21 October 2003, 13:21   #36
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Or find a mate with a crane......

Wavelength - I tried to PM you, but it says your mailbox is full!!

Thanks for the offer - once I've sorted out my cold(er) weather gear, I'll take you up on it!!

I've done my PB1&2, and I intend to do my APB as soon as I feel that I know enough about operating RIBs (hopefully my own!!). Some centres do an Intermediate (non-certificate) course which you can do before APB - is that what the Wavelength Coastal Endorsement course does?

Although the teaching at the centre we used was very good, I got the impression that it would be difficult to fail the course - although we had a good group with all having some experience on the water including 2 Yachtmasters as students!! - so I may be being grossly unfair. However, I would rather do the rest of my training somewhere which was (a) more RIB oriented, and (b) left me feeling that I was learning more!!

Both Nicky (the wife) and I passed the course, but on balance, still don't feel we know enough to head-off into the wide blue yonder with any sort of confidence, never mind launching/recovering, towing big RIBs, buying stuff, etc !!

Cheers...

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amused knowledge at the start of PB lvl 2 in none so it really is hard to fail, and i dont think anyone in history has ever failed a PB lvl 1.

send off for your ICC, you are entiltled to have one after doing the lvl 2. And see if your insurance company will give you any discount now, mine did.
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Old 23 October 2003, 10:48   #38
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Good point - well made!! I suppose the only way to get all of the other bits and pieces (and confidence in my new found skills) etc is to just get out there and do it.

Right then, where did I put my chequebook.........
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Old 23 October 2003, 12:02   #39
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Max towing length is quoted to be 18.75........ overall ( some exceptions, (fair ground combinations etc)

Articulated lorry trailers are normally 13.5m, so I think we should all be ok with 8 - 9 metres ribs.

Personally, tow what you are happy with. Nose weight is the critical factor and only go at a speed that you want to...

What ever you buy, i am sure you will want to go large at a later date....
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Which is why I'm seriously considering going large to start with......

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