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Old 17 August 2005, 07:21   #41
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The same principle will apply for the solent waters. I myself have been in the solent in some pretty severe conditions. The only difference would be the speed you travel and also your reaction times as the waves are alot closer together therefore throttle movem,ent have to be quicker.

You are correct in trim of the engine, so in a following sea trim out as much as you can without losing directional control and stabililty, in a head sea you need to trim in the engine therefore cutting through the waves. In really bad conditions then traverse the waves to find a less harsher route through.
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It seems like we are now largely arguing or suggesting the same argument! I think at the end of the day, just experiment a bit safely. When you get it right, you stay dry and have a smooth ride. If you get it wrong, you'll feeling it!
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Old 17 August 2005, 13:07   #43
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I recieved an excellent demo from a BSAC approved boathandling instructor, he powered up the front of the wave and took some but not all of the power off just as the bow passed the crest of the wave. Then power back on. The boat then went down the back of the wave under control (with engine trimmed out slightly). The action was swift, slight tug back on throttle then slight push forward, like a very quick gear change.

This was in a Delta so not sure how lower bows perform. I also witnessed a proper stuffing from a person who had not ever been in waves this was in short sharp chop. Not that high, but it launched the boat skyward into the toe of the next wave. For a second we saw water filling the boat to the top of the tubes.

What is an anti stuffing strap? Heard Codders mention it once
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I find that it depends on what speed you are doing when you see the wave coming at you!!

If you can use power to get through/over it then that's OK - but if I get enough time/warning and there is a big set of waves coming in, I usually have time to almost stop the boat - face into the wave and just ride over it - no-one gets that wet - and it's quite comfortable.

The times that I've stuffed our RIB (twice) it tends to be when I get very little (or no) notice of the hole on the other side of a wave - and you literally have no time to react and fall into it!!

The thing I found most difficult was trimming/powering the boat to the right 'average' conditions for the waves/sea, and then being able to change it quick enough to react when you encounter something different.

The trips I run go out over a sandbar - which with wind over tide can change almost instantly - I've gone out at almost flat calm, and come back 25 minutes later with waves coming in over the front and the back at the same time - the only thing that stopped us broaching then was power to make sure that the back end didn't get caught and swung out.

It was fun afterwards......(in the pub)...

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anti stuffing strap? i wonder how that works
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Anti-stuffing strap...

If it's what I think it is - then it doesn't stop you stuffing, but makes sure that the tube doesn't rip off the boat when you do!! It is a reinforcing webbing strap that goes over the tubes at the front.

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The thing I found most difficult was trimming/powering the boat to the right 'average' conditions for the waves/sea, and then being able to change it quick enough to react when you encounter something different.

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Foot throttle and trim set up like idicator switch on the car makes all this so much easier.
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Old 18 August 2005, 11:23   #48
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Foot throttle and trim set up like idicator switch on the car makes all this so much easier.
...now there's an idea......

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Foot throttle and trim set up like idicator switch on the car makes all this so much easier.
We do have such a trim set up. Very handy . Left one for the hydrolic lift right one for the trim.
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My only problem with that is that you need to be sat down to use a foot throttle. I like to stand up when I'm driving, and look over the windscreen .
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