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Old 09 July 2009, 14:46   #21
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Well obviously it won't work on a boat with jockey seats
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Old 09 July 2009, 15:31   #22
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I'd guess it makes Neil really really really really think what if .........
It does. It took a few days to realise what a twit I was and just how badly my accident could have ended.

I like to think it's been useful to have told the tale here - here is where I found my boat and picked up the knowledge I needed to go and buy one. Hopefully it's made a few people who, like me, were a bit too casual about briefing novices, wearing kill cords, wearing jackets etc sharpen up their routines.
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Old 09 July 2009, 16:45   #23
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Well you wont be the first .. or the last.. and its not the first type of thread people search for on a forum.. when they want to buy a boat, so dont beat yourself up about it .. but its good to have a place for people to refer to such incidents where we can all get a heads up
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Old 09 July 2009, 17:02   #24
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My Missus is obsessed with the things. She clips it to my jacket?shorts when I'm close quarter tiddling about, I reach for a fender or a warp and 'Twang' the lump cuts out.
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My Missus is obsessed with the things.
I bet you need one for exploring rock pools .. now dont make me go off topic
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Old 09 July 2009, 17:30   #26
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OK so in the spirit of telling stories about Killcords and near misses here is mine.

Last week in Salcombe took the rib down and went out for some of those great sunny days we had. I religously wear a killcord when on the Rib although have so far not had an incident where it was needed (touch wood).

I also took down a little inflatable tender which I bought off ebay (navigator III) I power this with an old Yamaha 2HP 2 stroke that has a linear throttle lever on the front of the motor and no killcord.

My brother in law and I were using the tender to take us onto a beach with my son (4yo) and my nephew (4yo). As we came into the beach a small wave was coming up on us from behind and although only a foot high it swung the tender round and I ended up being thrown out.

The 2HP was running at full beans as we had been trying to get up speed to run onto the sand and had swung hard over. So now there I am trying to grab the boat which is spinning round with 2 kids and my B in law hanging on for dear life.

I missed grabbing it and realised that the engine was about to run over my leg so quickly scrabbled out of the way and the engine missed by inches. Luckily by B in law then cut the throttle and we walked the boat in.

All this happened in water that was less than 2 foot deep.

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1 - This engine does not have a killcord so I have adjusted the throttle friction so that you have to hold it in position and if you let go it springs back to idle.

2 - When coming onto a beach if there are any waves jump out and walk the boat in rather than try and drive it in through the surf. Yes you get wet legs but better that than no legs
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Old 09 July 2009, 17:37   #27
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Benign looking 1ft shore dump can cause huge embarrassment. I saw an older guy approaching Mollulnan beach last year rowing a plastic tender. He ended up with it upside down with him under it. My slurp of Rioja went everywhere.
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It does. It took a few days to realise what a twit I was and just how badly my accident could have ended.

I like to think it's been useful to have told the tale here - here is where I found my boat and picked up the knowledge I needed to go and buy one. Hopefully it's made a few people who, like me, were a bit too casual about briefing novices, wearing kill cords, wearing jackets etc sharpen up their routines.
Neilda,

Just my view; there is a difference between lack of knowledge and the decision not to apply it. you were not a twit, you were incompetent. Someone who gets drunk in charge of a tanker and runs aground with all the relevant qualifications is a twit.

The boating world as you will no doubt find out is full of jobsworths and others who 'need to be right' without you adding to it by condemning yourself during the learning process, the benefit of your story is to remind even the most experienced among us why we do things and in that, this type of event is invaluable.

When I got my first boat I launched on a beach with a strong on shore wind that banged the boat off the trailer I could be calling myself an idiot as there was plenty boats there just no one trying to launch, but in the enthusiasm to get it out there I persevered, I got some distance from the shore did something very similar to yourself. By pure luck had bought a 4Mtr SR with sit in seats the boat hooked and the first I knew it had happened was my head being wet, the force of the impact had lifted me out the seat I had managed to end up with my head under the water but because the tube had been in the way, it had sat me back in the seat. No kill cord attached...lifejacket on thinking that was all I needed......it was inexperience, not stupidity. Now 20 years later if I saw someone doing the same things I would try some advice as at that point they would be incompetent if however they chose not to listen....
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Benign looking 1ft shore dump can cause huge embarrassment. I saw an older guy approaching Mollulnan beach last year rowing a plastic tender. He ended up with it upside down with him under it. My slurp of Rioja went everywhere.
You probably would have shot Rioja through your nose if you had seen the fecking mess I made of this "beach landing"
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You probably would have shot Rioja through your nose if you had seen the fecking mess I made of this "beach landing"
Those that know me have often heard the tale of when Steve Mcfaddern (Phil, Eastenders) made a complete bollox of trying to leave same beach in a small dinghy. A mate of mine carried his G/F of the time (Lisa, Eastenders) over his shoulder a dumped her head first into a 1/2 swamped 2.6m Avon whilst we held it.
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