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Old 19 November 2013, 04:09   #1
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Many of the more "hardcore" boaters tend to heading for black or grey fabric imprint tubes, yet conversely then try and make their boat as safe as possible with AIS, PLBs, flares, dry suits (in black) etc surely black/grey makes the boats and individuals in their suits pretty much invisible to a spotter.

Whilst cardinal yellow may not be for all, is having dark tubes and deck/fit out a little too much?

Are there any SAR people on here to comment on whether colour makes much difference in the event?
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Old 19 November 2013, 04:18   #2
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HP - there are only 3 colours of rib which are acceptable:

Grey - for those pretending to be in the navy. This should be accompanied by black dry suits and geckos. Grey hull etc are required too - white will not do.

Black - for those pretending to be in special forces. All kit must be full 'military spec' and suspension seating is really essential if you want to look the part.

Orange - for those pretending to be in the RNLI. Obviously done properly this requires RNLI spec LJs and White Geckos etc...


An alternative view might be that leisure boat users don't actually go to sea in the toughest conditions and whilst thinking through their survival plan is probably sensible if you define your boating by survival you probably won't enjoy it.
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HP - there are only 3 colours of rib which are acceptable: Grey - for those pretending to be in the navy. This should be accompanied by black dry suits and geckos. Grey hull etc are required too - white will not do. Black - for those pretending to be in special forces. All kit must be full 'military spec' and suspension seating is really essential if you want to look the part. Orange - for those pretending to be in the RNLI. Obviously done properly this requires RNLI spec LJs and White Geckos etc... An alternative view might be that leisure boat users don't actually go to sea in the toughest conditions and whilst thinking through their survival plan is probably sensible if you define your boating by survival you probably won't enjoy it.
Lol Brilliant!!!!!! No mention of green tubes then !!!
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Perhaps you should get black with a creamy white top to them
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An alternative view might be that leisure boat users don't actually go to sea in the toughest conditions and whilst thinking through their survival plan is probably sensible if you define your boating by survival you probably won't enjoy it.
So they can have any colour they like, but with a yellow streak in it then, P.?
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Black ...............suspension seating is really essential if you want to look the part.
Sh*t! Really?
If I slip a hemorrhoid cushion into the back of my salos, will that do?
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No one has done clear tubes yet - that would be pretty cool.
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No one has done clear tubes yet - that would be pretty cool.
crikey that'd be something
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crikey that'd be something
There are clear hulls though:

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Thats great, it would be like dry snorkeling !
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