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Old 14 September 2002, 07:46   #1
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Virgin ribber needs advice

Dear all,

You may have seen my thread about whether or not a 90hp would go on a 6.5 mtr RIB. Well I have bitten the bullet and bought it (aware of it's capabilities). I now need help in learning all I can to avoid any mistakes others have made in the past as new boat owners. Bearing in mind I know nothing (although my son who is 15yrs old is RYA advanced, and used to driving twin 240hp Redbays) could you please take it easy with me and lead me through all I need to know to get started. I have to get a trailer and have been offered a braked De Graaff at £1,290, I spoke to someone from this forum today and they mentioned there may be others about worth looking at, if you know what I mean. I live near Bromley, Kent, so where would I use the RIB, yes a bit daft after buying one but is there some good spots with easy launching for beginners?

I bought 4 fenders, floating rope for front and back to tie up, a an eco blast safety air horn (with air pump, rechargable) a Garmin 100 fishfinder and VHF aerial yesterday (in order that the workshop can feed the cables through the hull from the consul to the back of the RIB ready). I already own a Garmin handheld VHF (good little radio), a Garmin e-map, old Garmin 45, wet weather gear and lifejackets. The boat comes with a compass.

Again, thanks for the support and info given to me, I have felt very welcome on the site. I am looking forward to be able to give some useful experience to others on the forum if that is possible, in the future.

The answers may be useful to others like me who are new to RIBS and the sea.

Pete
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Old 14 September 2002, 14:18   #2
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Try a copy of Peter's White "Powerboating - The RIB & Sportsboat Handbook".

I've read it last summer. An excellent book , it will give a good overall knowledge .

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Old 14 September 2002, 14:35   #3
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I have got that book, it is very good. I am however after any other tips that will save me making a fool of myself but mainly re safety. Also good spots to start out at on the South Coast e.g. easy slipway e.t.c. I will get the boat in about 5 weeks, is it too lae in the year to attempt to go out in it?

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Old 14 September 2002, 14:44   #4
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Never too late in the season for a RIB - and unlikely to be for a beginner either - just pick the right day.

I know RIBs are for big waves and personaly i quite like to go out when everyone else is coming in (often the lifeboat!), but for your first trip i suggest picking a flat day to get used to the boat.

I also suggest picking a nice sheltered harbour-type slip or somewhere you are familar with. I can reccoment Margate harbour, or Herne Bay, both a sheltered in most wether conditions - i know it's gonna be calm for the virgin voyage but best play safe. Of course there are plenty of others, but they are my two closest - not that far from you i don't think.

Pick a day with high tide at, say midday, get there at 9-10am, spend 1/2 hour getting yourself sorted and launch - you then have upto 4 hours before the slip is likely to be hard work (this will vary for slip-to-slip - some are in fact worse at high water - seek local knowledge).

Er, thats my few words - happy to meet up with you at the end of Oct when you get the boat at either of suggested locations, give you a few tips if you need them and go for a cruise?????

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Old 14 September 2002, 15:06   #5
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Thanks,

Is there any brave person near the Bromley area, e.g. one of the safe areas mentioned that has got the bottle to help a complete beginner launch his boat on it's maiden voyage (free pint included, or pints! if your not driving, don't want to smash any bottles on the hull, it may go through it !) Could be a bit of a laugh with the right company. I would hope to be launching or whatever the sea name is at the middle to end October at a weekend.

Pete (have I done the right thing, can I cope!)
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Old 14 September 2002, 15:32   #6
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As I mentioned earlier, I am not an expert on RIBS. The following is a list of equipment in my Rib that I consider safety related (not in importance sequence). The whole idea is to be as self-sufficient as possible.

1) Two batteries connected to a main switch with the following options. Battery-1, Battery-2, Battery1+2, OFF. The last thing you want is not being able to start your engine on the way back home.

2) Water filter to trap water in the fuel.

3) A good anchor to prevent you from drifting in case of engine failure (provided that you are in relatively shallow waters). I find the Bruce type a good choice with good holding power. Attach a good length of chain between the anchor and the line to maximize the anchor holding power. As a rule of thump, I use a chain with the same length as my boat. I carry two of them in my boat. My wife hates them !!!

4) A sea anchor to slow down drifting in case of engine failure in deep waters.

5) A good waterproof torch. I also carry a second one that can be attached to your head. That leaves your hands free to work.

6) A second propeller, in case I destroy the first one.

7) Flares and smoke flares. I carry 5 flares and 3 smoke flares.

8) Spares of everything that I know how to change (set of sparking plugs, water filter, fuel filter, 3 meters of fuel pipe, set of electrical fuses). Donít forget a Good set of tools and anticorrosion spray. I also spray my tools with anticorrosion spray, as they tend to get rusty.

9) Basic survival kit. Water, food, basic medicines, extra clothes and a good sleeping bag. I think I will feel happier if I am not hungry and thirsty waiting for help in a remote beach in case of engine failure or if weather does not permit my return back home.

10) A tube repair kit , a hand pump and a three-liter fire extinguisher.

11) and most important, try to go out with the company of experience ribsters.

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Old 14 September 2002, 15:42   #7
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Well, Well, you have certainly opened my mind. Everything you have makes sense, and has made me think, makes my fenders look a bit of a silly first buy. Re the two you have on your boat that your wife hates, are they girlfriends?

I will go off and start my survival kit.

Thanks,

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Old 14 September 2002, 15:48   #8
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Pete,

Where are you thinking of your maiden voyage then?

If you are going for one of my sugestions of course i'll come with you, with or without my boat. Beer is a nice bonus. If you want me to join you else-where then suggest a location...

It sounds like your son should know what to do - i assume he has a slight amount to do with the purchase?

Dimitris list is quite thorough, something i like to carry is a spare kill cord incase the first one goes overboard (with or without a person). I assume, of course, that you know what a kill-cord is? (Don't mean to sound patronising).

The list of equiptment has been discussed exthensively before, maybe do an archive search?
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Daniel,

Thanks for the offer, and I will accept it. I will talk to you nearer the time and go to one of your suggested venues (I hope there are no narrow roads on the way! being my first time towing a RIB!)

My son is very good, but like all families I still look on him as 'my little boy'. He is very capable but I would hate to ruin our great friendship by putting all the onus on him. You will see straight away that he is a good strong kid with a lot of experience, but I have never been with him apart from once when he took me ut on a 20 min trip on a loch in Scotland after completing his RYA Advanced and safety course (that was a 6.1 mtr Tohatsu with a 90hp DLTI). He is 15yrs old, his main sport is diving which he is very highly qualified at, he travels alone to Scotland where he works on internships at Puffin Dive Centre in his school holidays Diving and Ribbing, he was taught by them to drive RIBS and is trusted with their Redbay twin 240hp marinised landcruiser engines. He has done well over 100 hrs driving them. He also drives their Jet Powered Catamaran 'The Urchin' and has knocked up loads of hours driving it.

See the RIBS and Urchin on this link :-http://www.puffin.org.uk/framehome3.html

I don't want a family fued with him, I would need you more to back what he tells me to do, so I don't argue with him! Anyway he is the first to want to learn new things so best you do come along, it would put both our minds at rest. (I see crates of beer comming on here)

I will need to do my RYA level 2, I was thinking of trying to do it before the boat came, do you think that is a good idea, or wait tand have muck around on mine first?


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Old 14 September 2002, 16:26   #10
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RYA LII is a very good idea - have sent you a PM.

Of course there are loads of other places, quite probably nearer you that the two i suggested - but they are my local 'sheltered' spots - i often launch from the beach, but never when rough.
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