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Old 05 December 2009, 16:21   #31
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Neil - please don't even think about maybe feeling bad - the Searider was amazing - totally cracking in all the various sea states we experienced and at no point did we feel unsafe in the RIB - only in my own ability - if we had managed to make the meet all would have been fine - what we should have done was turn back at the first sign of iffy trouble - the Searider really is an amazing boat and I'm glad (on reflection ) that we went

Top Banana - ya bugger

Have a few bits of video I will try and do something with - sadly none of the rescue !!
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Old 05 December 2009, 16:29   #32
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As can be seen from the other messages from obviously very experienced ribbers, don't beat yourself up. We all learn by experience! It is virtually the only way, and as many say, any other boater will help you given half a chance, it is a close community due to the dangers involved. No one hurt, except "his" pride of being sick!

Keep going, if you never try you will never know. Live fast die young. You only live once. Many phrases are cheesy but they all stem from the truth.

You will look back with strong memories of the day and that is all part of boating. The most uncomfortable experiences and worrying times not only teach you the most, but provide the best stories to recount in the pub!!

Good luck going forward and don't worry, you are fairly prepared as far as i can see from your posts. It is the idiots who go out with no lifejackets and no fuel that get given grief!
Thanks Paul - it was good to write up the experience here and the words of encouragement/advice very much appreciated - I almost feel like I've been to confession

It was a very good lesson in how little things can add up to something far more interesting

Darren will be fuming when he finds out the whole of RIBnet knows he was seasick!!

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Old 05 December 2009, 16:35   #33
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It was a very good lesson in how little things can add up to something far more interesting

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Old 05 December 2009, 18:25   #34
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Do you think it was all related to leaving the trunks down? e.g. water in fuel and electrics? or just a combination of unconnected events?

Glad to hear you made it back safely in the end so you can share the experience with the rest of us.

I don't think I have a channel 32 on my radio either. I'm surprised he would suggest just call them direct on a "working channel" rather than contact via the CG. But i've not actually found myself in that situation (so far!).
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WOW! glad you got back ok Knotyet.. Taught you a good lesson and thanks for passing it on.


The learning curve is always steep. Don't get overawed by it.

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Old 06 December 2009, 02:36   #36
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Lol - not the kind of introduction I was hoping for - but it would have made RIBnet history
I think you probably have anyway. You'll be dining out on this one for years!

Lots of people here will understand exactly how you got into this mess - most of us have suffered this sort of day to one degree of another. Until you get into a routine things always take far longer to get ready than you could possibly imagine. Then determination to get somewhere at a certain time can turn into a fixation which doesn't help sensible decision making. Throw in a dodgy motor, a bit of weather and a lack of local knowledge and you have the perfect recipe for a slightly too exciting day.

I'm very pleased to read about it here though, not in a MAIB report! . . .
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Very sorry to hear or your Trials and Tribulations,like JK said we've ALL had days like it.I am sure you will both come back stronger because of it!Main thing is everyone is SAFE. Plenty of other cruises,and hope to meet you on one soon!
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Well we had a very interesting day .....not.



He was a lovely chap and asked if we had a radio – yes we said who would he recommend calling – Hayling Rescue channel 32 – no bloody channel 32 on our radio – he looked at me as if I was mad and said who do you normally call – no one I said we just keep it on channel 16 – he then asked if I meant channel 60 – no channel 16 – we’ve never had to radio anyone other than radio checks.
Must have been a communication problem - I don't have channel 32 either, never be afraid of using channel 16! Have you done your radio course yet?
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Thanks All - John I think you summed up the events very well and it's great reading all the comments here - makes you feel less of a fool

Cookee - yep have done radio course - we just didn't feel we should "bother" them - lesson learnt me thinks

As for Channel 32 - I watched him radio through - he used channel 32 and said they were on M band - does that mean anything??

I know we have Low and High but hadn't appreciated they were separate wave bands as in different channels - maybe I missed that bit at the training - off to check my instruction manual now

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Thanks All - John I think you summed up the events very well and it's great reading all the comments here - makes you feel less of a fool

Cookee - yep have done radio course - we just didn't feel we should "bother" them - lesson learnt me thinks

As for Channel 32 - I watched him radio through - he used channel 32 and said they were on M band - does that mean anything??

I know we have Low and High but hadn't appreciated they were separate wave bands as in different channels - maybe I missed that bit at the training - off to check my instruction manual now

Thanks again

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Ah got it now - M1 and M2 although they are different numbers on different radios - P4?
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