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Old 28 March 2008, 10:36   #11
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[QUOTE=tim griffin;243385] I am not sure it's a safe practice to do multiple toe ins as each surfer is picking their line and it is going to be congested surfers can wait on there boards beyond the break and then get picked up one at a time.

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Tow lines are not used, surfers are picked from water at any given distance from where they stepped off, place surfboard parallel to sib/rib and climb on board, then are driven back to the surf point (where waves form) and vice verse, the water taxi is done behind the waves, so there is no danger at all of being hit by a water wall. This location has so many corduroy waves with lenghts of 1 mile rides that you won't see any other surfer near you, it's a personal wave paradise. http://www.pbase.com/locozodiac/image/84897508

We don't have Zap Cats or tunnel hulls boats down here, will need to be imported and are expensive too. The best alternative will be to take off the aluminum & fabric floor of a 420 sib, which already have, use the tubes and glue them to a custom made 420 fiberglass hull. Different shape bows and lenghts are avilable locally including expert fiberglass tecnicians. This work have been done before with nice results and the total conversion cost for a 420 Rib is about $ 800.00 Thanks for all the imput.

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Old 28 March 2008, 13:27   #12
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Good luck with ur tow-ins bee safe....

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Old 28 March 2008, 13:47   #13
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Surfers down Hayle way prefer to nick jetskis for tow-ins rather than sibs.
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And if you offer a Hayle maid a sib ride she will get in the back of your car
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Old 28 March 2008, 16:08   #15
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And if you offer a Hayle maid a sib ride she will get in the back of your car
....and get out in Camborne.
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Not on a Wednesday
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Not on a Wednesday
Penzance then.
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Back to the question,
For 15 years now we've been using our Avon SR4+, with a 65 hp Suzuki DT65, in the surf and it has outlasted at least 3 generations of the Surf Clubs 25 and 30 hp SIBs of reputable manufacture.
My dive partner, Tom Dawson and I have assisted the surf club SIBs and Coast Guard on quite a few occasions over the years when a more powerful vessel was needed in rescues or retrievals [we are in radio contact].
The Avon still has original tubes, the inflation valves have been changed and the engine overhauled as one would expect over the years but essentially it is as original as you can get.
Australian surf is a very sandy,changeable, violent environment and the toughness of the Avon is a credit to its makers, so I have to support the premise that the RIB is the better long term investment for your requirements, providing you can get a RIB that is as tough and well built as our Avon.
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Might be an idea to get a Prop guard in case you need to do a rapid recovery from the impact zone this would help reduce the risk of causing injury to your clients and mitigate possible fowling of the prop with your tow line.

Most of the Surf Life Saving clubs fit them to their IRBs.



poking around on google there are some really good resources regarding tow-in surfing.

http://www.protowsurfers.org/

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I don't think that he is using the SIB for tow-in surfing.

In Peru there is a spot that the wave breaks for a mile or more, as it rounds a point. Surfers are literally miles from where they started. It used to be that after their ride they'd climb out of the water, cross over some sharp rocks and caught a scooter taxi back to the start, to do it all over again. It sounds like these guys are offering rides back to the start of the wave... it sounds like a good business idea.
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