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Old 27 September 2004, 23:47   #11
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this is an interesting thread, I find myself in similar, but less remote , circumstances - when I see a large swell coming in... I just want to jump the waves.

I have, once or twice, had heart in mouth moments as the back of the boat seems to drop like a stone once over the crest then as soon as it hits the water, the front too crashes... once ploughing straight into the face of the following wave...


Did I have insufficient speed/ too much speed? In a sea where the wavelength/frequency (ie distance between Crests (is there another term?) is approximately 10 metres and the height of the swell (not breakers) is about 3 metres peak to trough, what would the recommended course of action be in a following/approaching? sea?
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Old 28 September 2004, 02:47   #12
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Brave in our length boat Edward!!!

Rogue Wave's advice is very good...book a session with an Instructor and your ability to deal with waves (throttling) should improve enormously. Much better than making a bad mistake and losing Zebedee's cousin forever

PS Don't tell us about the weather ....don't want to know !!!

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try taking the waves at an angle to reduce the slope so you will follow a zig zag route abit like a yacht tacking if airborne keep the power on, if in a following sea try and sit on the back of a wave too much power and you will stuff Paul Glatzel article on here somewhere is very good its a feel thing and use of throttle is the most important trick most dangerous is the following sea as can broach and capsize avoid breaking waves near a lee shore.
have fun most i have is in a rescue sib when teaching surf rescue but killer on me bones getting too old for this lark.contact your local surf rescue lifeguards they are the best in the world ,for advice and maybe could arrange some tuition
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Old 28 September 2004, 03:56   #14
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Paul Glatzel article on here somewhere is very good www.griffmarineservices.co.uk
I was looking for this the other day JK has put a link in to my question under the "ABOUT RIB" net section see my thread on articles. Was looking at it yesterday but there is no substitute for experance and training.
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Old 28 September 2004, 07:11   #15
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I have, once or twice, had heart in mouth moments as the back of the boat seems to drop like a stone once over the crest then as soon as it hits the water, the front too crashes... once ploughing straight into the face of the following wave...
Sounds as though you are tripping up. Get the power on as you land. Smoothly and carefully does it.
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Having spent many hours 'surfing' on and into waves up to 6 metres I always take the following action.
Aproaching sea - Weight forward on the boat ( or trim down ) accelarate into the wave and tap right off as you reach the wave to prevent flying right over and into the trough. If wave breakes trottle full, and punch through the wave - DO NOT TRY AND GO OVER.

Following Sea - weigh to back of boat or trip up and make sure that you are not broached
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I had a look at your Hyscat at Surf and Turf 2 weeks ago when it was in for service, have to say its a fine looking craft and must go ok with those 2 70hp yams on the back, what interested me most was the way the engines were splayed out to sit over the hulls, suspect this must be the only way to fit on a cat.

I also live in Tanketon, let me know when your going out next time and maybe we'll get to meet up

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Hi Richard

Actualy the positioning of the motors is quite controversial and not at all typical of cats ) Idealy one would want the motors mounted higher as well but that would require the use of cleaver props ( out of my budget range).

I hope to get out this weekend lets hope the weather plays ball
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Brave in our length boat Edward!!!

Rogue Wave's advice is very good...book a session with an Instructor and your ability to deal with waves (throttling) should improve enormously. Much better than making a bad mistake and losing Zebedee's cousin forever

PS Don't tell us about the weather ....don't want to know !!!

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well Kathleen - I will tell you - 'tis raining here at present, bucketing down and has been for a few days now...

as for bravery - I have heard (from my girlfriend on many occasions) it is closely related to stupidity...

i am off on a two day trip on my Gemini (The Bounty) this w/e so will send back some pictures if all goes well..
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Thanks to all for the advice - Athol, Jwalker and Tim, and of course, Missus...

I shall try those techniques out this w/e - but I think you may be right and tuition may be the best next step.

I am just 200 metres from the Royal Coastal Volunteers who have a big 8m rib so may see if i can go out with them in a rough sea on a training exercise and see what they can show me...
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