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Old 21 March 2011, 06:42   #1
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Tips when putting a RIB in the marina?

Hi chaps - not been around for a while. I will have the sell the Searider this early summer so I am seriously thinking of putting it in the local marina for a month in June.

This way I can have a last few weeks of blasts without worrying about time and tides etc.

Not looking for arguments for/agaisnt marinas' but practical tips and do's and don'ts etc. I should be able to access it every few days.
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Make sure you splice a bridle or buy one so that the boat sits straight in her berth. My friends yacht had some damage caused to it by a rib mooring in the Marina, with a rope only on one side of the transom, which caused the rib to sit at an angle and rub on his yacht.
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Make sure you splice a bridle or buy one so that the boat sits straight in her berth. My friends yacht had some damage caused to it by a rib mooring in the Marina, with a rope only on one side of the transom, which caused the rib to sit at an angle and rub on his yacht.
No need to buy, just use Springs
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Fenders, you don't want your rib used as a giant fender and equally others don't want a bug grey mark off your rubbing strake.
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Depends on the marina location and I'm sure you've thought of it, but don't leave anything valuable on the boat that might not be there when you come back. Also, just beacause a locker claims to be watertight, don't assume it will be! Once went back to find 5 hydrostatic life jackets fully inflated in the "watertight" locker!!!
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Depends on the marina location and I'm sure you've thought of it, but don't leave anything valuable on the boat that might not be there when you come back. Also, just beacause a locker claims to be watertight, don't assume it will be! Once went back to find 5 hydrostatic life jackets fully inflated in the "watertight" locker!!!
Excellent point, often overlooked and if they haven't got room to inflate then they can go bang (personal experience )

Also you may want to check the condition of your bilge pump and battery. Knowing our summers you could come back to a swamped boat that won't start
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Further point, and pretty obvious to most (wouldn't you agree Mr Channel Ribs ) is that marinas are also tidal due to the sill, so you still may not just be able to go for a blast exactly when you feel like it. The accessible hours will vary between marina depending on the sill height. Worth checking IMHO
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Further point, and pretty obvious to most (wouldn't you agree Mr Channel Ribs )
I would indeed

As much as we would have enjoyed anchoring of Sark for afternoon tea, being stuck in the glorious St Helier sun trap was no hardship!
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Cheers chaps - don't have such a luxury as a bilge pump. Marina is non-tidal and accessible 24/7 pleased to say, not that I'd go out other than normal daytime hours.

It's a modern marina and has good security but do people normally leave flares/spares etc in their lockers?

Is it usual to pop a cover over the console/instruments etc?

And after 4 weeks in the water will a jetwash manage to clean the hull? - it's not anti-fouled.
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