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Old 10 October 2010, 08:18   #21
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Hi guys,
i'm pretty new to this (great) forum but certainly not new to this subject....

As Badbaws said, if a vessel the size of a cruise liner or supertanker is confronted by another vessel stopping dead ahead of it at such small range then the pilot and bridge crew have very little options available to them. Look for three 3 red lights showing at night time on the main mast or a black cylinder flying from the same mast during the day and (if the sheer size of the vessel did not already give it away) it will be limited in its ability to maneuver and constrained by its draught.....in other words, it is pretty much stuck where it is and heading in the direction its going in.

We escort supertankers into and around the Solent on a near daily basis and some of the near misses i have experienced have been in some cases.... frightning!
Thankfully it doesnt happen too often maybe 4 or five times a year and (this is where i open myself up to abuse) generally speaking these near misses are carried out by those "rib's" fitted with a tall flagpole with a gigantic white bedsheet flying from it :-)

During the last Cowes week however we had just been released from a supertanker at the Prince Consort bouy and were breaking away from its stern when (at night time) an unlit Rib-eye cut past our bow while we were swinging and missed us by mere meters.....was it you..lol

Anyway, dont mean to be an 'egg sucking' teacher, only it really does make our lives so much easier if people kept their distance from large commercial traffic.

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Old 10 October 2010, 08:40   #22
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and another thing..

The only plus point atleast ribs generally get out the way.. it the WAFI brigade that are far worse as they stop dead infront of you and do a tack!

As far as me stopping a ship goes.. I would if I could but I can't so i won't!

At 20 knots it takes about 1.2 miles to stop and once we have the prop turning astern we loose steering due to the interupted waterflow on the rudder/ prop.

Fortunately we now have a minigun (3000 rounds a minute) on the foc'sle.. downside is we are not allowed to use it for clearing fishing boats and yachts out of our path!! (YET)!!
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Old 10 October 2010, 10:20   #24
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...generally speaking these near misses are carried out by those "rib's" fitted with a tall flagpole with a gigantic white bedsheet flying from it :-)
A RIB with Sails... does that sound familar to anyone?
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Old 10 October 2010, 11:33   #26
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ribs with sails

Doh!!...didnt mean to poke fun at anyone in particular but luckily, in my defence, that 'bedsheet' is blue.

P.s. can somebody explain how to add emoticons? The capBreizh forum gives you the option of selecting them from a list on the right but i seem to be missing something here.
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Can somebody explain how to add emoticons? The capBreizh forum gives you the option of selecting them from a list on the right but i seem to be missing something here.
Hi Anchorhandler, scroll to the very bottom left of the page and click on "Smilies", it lets you know what to type to display an imoticon or just copy and paste the text into your post.
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Doh!!...didnt mean to poke fun at anyone in particular but luckily, in my defence, that 'bedsheet' is blue.
John Kennett, the man behind RIBnet, has just recently acquired one which is what prompted my earlier response. I DID mean to poke fun!

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P.s. can somebody explain how to add emoticons? The capBreizh forum gives you the option of selecting them from a list on the right but i seem to be missing something here.
You can add smilies/emotions by typing the relevant text string e.g. : ) (without any spaces) will put a in = ) will add a etc. The full list is here: http://rib.net/forum/misc.php?do=showsmilies

I think there is a setting in the "User CP" (control pannel) which then gives you a list on the right hand side of the editor that you can just click and the content will appear.

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Thanks guys, at least now if i teach people's granny's to suck eggs again, then i can do it with a bit of color!

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