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Old 11 September 2012, 10:35   #51
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and another one a couple of weeks ago in Brixham, couple of rib's turned up, started to unstrap etc in the correct area, meanwhile another 5m Rib turned up, decided not to wait in line, swung round and reversed straight to water, man / wife and kids jumped out, took off the strap going OVER the tubes then backed down last 4 foot, pushed rib off, bloke jumps in, spends next 10 mins swearing and puffing trying to start engine, mean while other Ribs now ready to go in, but car'nt due to him blocking the launch bit, finally starts and revs the b****cks out of it, loads wife and kids , says go play while i move car, they get 20 yrds and engine cuts out, he than starts yelling how to start, luckily it does after 2 mins and off they tootle, he moves car and i wandered off. NEXT time i see it, i am walking down to my dinghy and they come round the corner in it, and decide to use mine as a fender and approach at a fair rate of knots, i shoot down and ask what the hell ? to his reply, engine wont run at tickover so i have upped the revs to 3000 rpm so it runs and we can use it, i obviously point out that it is dangerous, and next time do not use my dinghy as a way to stop, a few expletives were used accordingley. A few days pass and down i go again and the bloke next to me says " better check yours, that rib has been coming and going and they keep coming in too fast and ram yours, " i left a message on it saying that if you do it again, or are seen to do it then you might develop a few punctures, and i suggest you fix your engine. funnily enough the bloody thing did not move for the best part of the next two weeks.

And a day after, saw some one recover who had NOT locked the trailer onto the hitch correctly, managed to pull said RIB and trailer up the slip a bit, tie it down, fit board and then started to drive up slip, got near top, trailer jumped off and ran 25 feet back down into water and half submerged and floated off into the RNLI lifeboat, all for the sake of rushing around.
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Old 10 October 2012, 11:49   #52
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...Of a rib sliding down the slipway on its hull and one tube as the family in it hold on for dear life and the driver can only watch in the rear view mirror as it all happens in a split second....

Yep, that's what I saw the other day when I was on the water 50 yards from the slip.

I've seen so many risks being taken on slipways now and I've had enough and it has to be said:

1, Always use a safety chain that can take the weight of your rib.

2, Never stand behind a boat on the slipway.

3, Never disconnect the boat from the trailer until it's safely in the water.

Please add more, I'm sure there's loads more to be said.

Go on have a rant...
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Old 10 October 2012, 14:42   #53
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How about this:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=plpp&v=kTYCLGVPzUc
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or this
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A little safety section maybe?

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Old 11 October 2012, 05:36   #57
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How on earth do they recover the boat? (Which looks more like a skip anyway!)
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How on earth do they recover the boat? (Which looks more like a skip anyway!)
Is that the river in 'Deliverance'?!
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