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Old 27 May 2006, 16:22   #11
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by the way Fred, welcome to the forum. You caught the rib bug then! What boat did you settle on eventually.
I went for a 5m Humber Assault which I'm buying off Jono. I'm picking it up next week-end so I'm sure you'll be seeing us soon at Knott-End!
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Old 27 May 2006, 16:24   #12
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Welcome to the mad house scousefreddy
I hope you enjoy the Humber, sold our 5m Attack last year and replaced her with a XS 550 (sorry Dave)

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Old 27 May 2006, 16:55   #13
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Dave, Get rid of the latex!!! the latest stretch neoprene is sooo much better, the best 90 squids I spent lat year, IMVHO.

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Brian did you have the latex seals replaced with neoprene, as i have a
crew saver hyperdry (non breatherable) Anddark said they cant swap over as the seals are differant sizes, is there someone over your way who can do it.
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Old 27 May 2006, 18:39   #14
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Denim and cotton are poor when wet. A pair of wet denim jeans will take the heat out of your legs like you wouldn't believe if you're in a breeze.
Too true! Never wear jeans or cotton garments out on a RIB... or when doing any other adventure sport. If you get even just a little bit damp, a light breeze can reduce your temperature to the point of hypothermia in a frighteningly short time.
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To stay warm it's wool or fleeces and something to keep the wind out.
Yes, but I'm very sceptical about wool... if you fall in the water wearing a woollen garment, the weight of water it will absorb is so great it will make your recovery into the boat very difficult indeed.

My favorites are as follows:
Extreme conditions - polyester or nylon trackie bottoms and a fleece under a Ravenspring dry suit. Yellow offshore waterproofs in top of the dry suit if it's really bad, along with Gecko helmet.
Normal conditions - Dubarry boots, light trousers made from a synthetic material (Next do some great combat trousers which are quick drying and ideal) then a T-shirt and various layers on top. Add a set of lightweight "coastal" waterproof on top depending on how the weather and sea state looks. Scorpion or Bananashark cap on head, choice depends on the occasion!
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Old 28 May 2006, 13:22   #15
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Brian did you have the latex seals replaced with neoprene, as i have a
crew saver hyperdry (non breatherable) Anddark said they cant swap over as the seals are differant sizes, is there someone over your way who can do it.
Roy So what is the well dressed Ribster wearing? my second post.

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Old 31 May 2006, 17:58   #16
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Othree dry suites Weymouth
Will phone them
Many Thanks Roy
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I wear a cheap wetsuit with an old pair of gore-tex lined one-piece bike waterproofs in pretty much all weathers and I haven't been cold yet-even when I've been in up to my chest.

The water pressure on the waterproofs stops the rapid ingress into the wetsuit and when I get out of the water I warm up very fast and stay warm.

In extreme cases I bring out the 3-hole balaclava to go with the thermal snap-on hat.




Does that make me well-dressed?
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Old 31 May 2006, 19:30   #18
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ScouseFreddy,

Welcome to someone who comes from my neck of the woods. Hebden Bridge. Where on earth do you use your RIB as I consider HB to be the exact centre of the UK and therefore the farthest from any sort of water.
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Old 31 May 2006, 19:42   #19
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Never wear Jeans. And also my guide is also to dress for twice as bad as it is on shore and make the top layer waterproof.
Some eye protection is also worth it along with gloves.
Don't forget to waterproof your wallet/phone.
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Old 31 May 2006, 20:08   #20
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ScouseFreddy,

Welcome to someone who comes from my neck of the woods. Hebden Bridge. Where on earth do you use your RIB as I consider HB to be the exact centre of the UK and therefore the farthest from any sort of water.
I'm picking my first RIB up this week-end so haven't been out in her yet. I'm hoping to use her in Knott-end-on-sea (only 40 minutes away), and maybe Preston, Liverpool/New Brighton and no doubt Wales. What about yourself? Don't tell me you use the canal?
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