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Old 16 August 2011, 09:21   #11
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All good info, thanks.

Kawasaki, is that the tough chart SC5910, and does it cover the same area as the separate 5910 series I've seen on the course? I was thinking of getting those, scanning them in and then reprinting and laminating. (Pretty much anything that stays still too long in our house gets laminated, lol). But this sounds like a better plan.
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Old 16 August 2011, 12:28   #12
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hi You can get your VHF ships license online.

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go to online license , register and your away there
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Old 16 August 2011, 12:45   #13
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Old 16 August 2011, 13:42   #14
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How big is the boat you are thinking of getting. Willk had a "what can I squeeze in a SIB" thread recently - worth a read - because if he can fit it so can you. I didn't notice any bucket/bailer type options there (can also be made into an improvised "drogue"/"sea anchor")

Unless you are looking at the smallest of ribs then an auxilliary engine definitely worth considering, as well as both fixed and handheld radios... if you want to cover all eventualities.
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I find the trailer much more troublesome to keep going than the RIB. After 10 years experience of things breaking, here's what I take on any longer trip:

Spare wheel
Trolley or bottle jack & wooden raiser blocks.
Decent wrench and sockets for wheel and hub nuts, and other misc spanners etc.
Spare winch strap.
Ropes to recover trailer from e.g. shallow beach launches.
Spare brake cable.
Spare hub and bearings.
Spare rubber roller (the only thing I've not yet had to use ...).
Grease & grease gun.


Spare prop (and tools to fit) also carried by many.
That's good advice. Spare bulbs for trailer lights.

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I would agree with that and add that anyone towing a boat should practice removing the wheel and then the appropraite bearings. And making sure that they have ALL the relevant tools to sort out the job. (like a big punch etc). If your bearing goes then it is not the best time to learn when you break down on the M6 at night and in the rain.

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Whilst your not wrong - the M6 in the dark and rain is not really the best place to repair a trailer and the best plan would be to call the AA/RAC and have the trailer recovered to a place of safety before attempting to fix. If you have spare bits you'll also find that most of these guys will be able to help replace it - which makes the hub/bearings and spare wheel the priority for that list. [of course actually prevention is better than cure which is why your advice is good - because if you know how to remove/inspect/service/replace you are more likely to do so before it falls off.

Newbie advice - check your breakdown cover will come out to the trailer.
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Tough charts are absolutely brilliant for the area when on a small rib, I can't recommend them enough. I love them for around Anglesey and the Llyn peninsula. They are only available for a few heavily used places in the UK, we are lucky to have them!!

Traditional Charts are almost useless when travelling around at speed in the rain/spray. Great for planning on shore etc but on board. aaaaaaaagh.
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