Originally Posted by codprawn
So how do you maintain a steady 4kts then?
Big pitch prop on your boat? Just try kicking it in at out of gear as is necessary to keep to the limit. The caveat to this is that it can be tricky if the tide/flow is up yer chuff, as you could lose steerage, but the essential thing is to operate the boat without inconvienicing other water users. So as long as you slow down, easing your wash, I think that it'd be a very pushy officer from any agency that nicked you for doing 5 or 6 kts in those circumstances.
Numerous RYA trainers and other boaty types have frequently spouted "anyone can drive a boat fast, it is the slow speed work that counts" type statements at me, and I do agree. I didn't, but I do now.
When I started boating I found it very difficult to keep a steady course at low speeds and wandered all over the shop. Stemming the tide, ferry gliding, picking up a buoy or getting in and out a tight berth, and all those other essential skills were much harder to acquire than a few fast 's' or 'j' turns and the MOB stuff. But I think that enjoyment of operating a RiB or any other boat is being able to operate it throughout its capabilities, slow and fast...
I'm more crap at the fast stuff now, as I rarely get into any big stuff to practise...
Personally, I feel that RIB's enjoy a better public perception and image than most other powerboats, it may be the old rescue/professional boat image and the rest, but they don't seem to get tarred with the "Dagenham Navy" image that some of the small plastic speedboats seem to have. Be a real shame to lose that...