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Old 11 July 2012, 05:47   #11
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I would add:
- Understand what the tides and tidal flows do in your area (tide tables for the area plus charts)
- Understand what you can hit (driftwood/ rubbish) or be stranded on (understanding the charts)
- Understand how to anchor properly to stop you drifting across the English Channel if you do hit something or the engine stops (running out of petrol is a popular root cause). You don't need the full strength of 10mm 3 plait nylon, but it hurts your hands less when pulling the anchor in than thinner stuff - look at your local charts to work out what the maximum depth of water is and add at least 50% length to that.
- Ensure that the kill cord is attached to the driver when the outboard is running (there are lots of nasty examples of the driver being thrown out of the boat and then being cut up by the circling boat with outboard still running at full power)
- Understand the "rules of the road" for when you come across other RIBS/ sailing boats/ commercial vessels
- A small compass is useful in conjunction with your charts for when the fog/ rain rolls in

To be honest, I really would advise the 2 day RYA Powerboat Level 2 course to cover all of the above and more as the very cheapest way of being safe at sea. It's about 250 ish and the knowledge gained is a good starting point (the rest comes with experience). If you don't want to pay for the course, then at least buy the book and study it well!
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Old 11 July 2012, 05:49   #12
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Its really the things like "rope" that I may stupidly overlook. Not rope but you know what I mean. Should I take the boat out on the river first or a sheltered water first. My sister has had rib training and is going to pass some knowledge on in the form of a little training session.
Get as much experience as you can close to shore to build confidence and get to know the vessel, be aware of the waves or in some cases rollers that can appear and how these can flip you and what to do to prevent this. Also be aware of wash from other boats, these can be lethal if you are caught unawares in such a small boat. My main vessel is much much bigger and I still have to be aware of the same things just on a different scale. I am building up my confidence in the Searider 4 I bought, it is very different going back to a single engine after having twins even though I used to have single engined boats. I have been boating for many, many years but I am VERY safety conscious, everyone who gets on my boat gets a briefing on safety, at the end of the day if you are the owner and helming the buck stops with you!

Maybe also think about a fire extinguisher, I have bought one for my boat, fire is the one thing that still frightens me when out of sight of land with the children and my wife aboard, in some cases you may only have seconds to evacuate the mother ship so ALWAYS have a plan and 'grab bag' if possible (and know where it is!)

One last thing is perhaps get a bailer, or use a cut up milk container, you will need it!
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Old 11 July 2012, 06:14   #13
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Have you done the PB2 yet? - if you are going to sea then this should really be considered mandatory especially in the light of your OP (ie asking the Q in the first place!). I can recommend doing it out of Eastbourne Marina. Too late now but last weekend at Eastbourne was the annual 999 emergency day and parade and you could have chatted to everyone from the RNLI and CG etc.

Hastings is 5 miles from me and my local boating area - not sure if you are familiar with the area but to launch there the only real option is the slip at Rye, slips the other way towards Kent or further round at Newhaven. Sadly entry into the sea in our area is poor - one of the reasons I swapped my RIB for a SIB and can now beach launch at any time (weather permitting). Some people beach launch (on rollers) from the various motor boat/fishing clubs but I have never fancied that in a larger boat than a SIB and many here will not recommend it.

Rye is not the easiest place to launch - very strong currents in the channel and you are restricted to 2hrs before and after HT - most of my launches there were not fun.

This was in the SIB section but will apply to RIBS too:

What kit do you carry on your SIB?
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Old 11 July 2012, 06:23   #14
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Call the RNLI or look on thier website and ask for the details of thier 'seacheck' service. Its 100% free and will get someone with experiance and knowledge will come to you and talk you through your boat and your experiance, where you will boat and make suggestions about what you should have / get etc .

I cant stress enough its not a pass fail thing or a ticket to go out or not, but is a proper educational and helpfull discussion which you hopefully learn from.
Fantastic, I will do that.
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Old 11 July 2012, 06:25   #15
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Get a submarine ??
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Old 11 July 2012, 06:29   #16
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Get yourself on a PB Lvl II course learn at lot about safety, navigation et al money well spent !!
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Old 11 July 2012, 06:34   #17
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With all respect a PB level 2 is just an RYA certification and you pay for the privileged of having that bit of paper, this guy is on a budget so he can learn a lot cheaper from an experienced boater far more than is on the basic PB level 2 curriculum. I have PB level 2 by the way and more, but it costs money and some people can't afford it, it's the knowledge and experience that counts for them, not fancy or even plain bits of paper that you get charged for but agree at least you know the basics have been covered and signed off
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Old 11 July 2012, 06:46   #18
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The best bit of advice I was given was from an R.N.L.I. bloke when I first started going out in boats was "dont take the piss out of the sea or any water it will bit you and its usualy fatal"then I told him I cant swim he just laughed and said "neither can we" it made my day I couldnt stop laughing until I got back to Bicester.
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The best bit of advice I was given was from an R.N.L.I. bloke when I first started going out in boats was "dont take the piss out of the sea or any water it will bit you and its usualy fatal"then I told him I cant swim he just laughed and said "neither can we" it made my day I couldnt stop laughing until I got back to Bicester.
Thats why they have boats, silly. There not cross channel swimmers, there life BOAT men, not life swim men.

My sister lives in Marsh Gibbon , near Biscester.
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I had a little experience last year that has made me go back to the drawing board on sea worthy vessels and general healthy FEAR required to attempt to go to sea , that was on the sunniest , calmest day at the end of last summer. Could have ended in complete disaster because of a slight off shore wind and no saftey, we were only 1/2 a mile , if that, along the coast and very inshore. The coast guard told us they were the only coast gaurd in the country that had not been called out that day, sunniest of the year. It was a combination of event that created it , which showed me just hot w complicated things can get and in a second, literally fun and laughter to shi*!**!ing it in a second, like a bad fog of events, very scarey.

Yes I was an idiot, emphasis on the was. Thats why I'm acting very naeve now. I now have a sturdy boat and reliable engine...................that can be sunk or smashed on rocks just the same.
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