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Old 09 December 2002, 14:29   #1
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Winter Ribbing

How many people pack the rib away at the end of sept, apart from people whose job it may be to drive or use a rib for work,I can remember last Christmas eve being out in my rib, I can remember landing on islands in Janurary to see what the tide has washed up,I mean I know its cold and gets dark early,how many people continue to go ribbing throughout the winter.In Ireland there is a marked decrease in the amount of people out on the water during winter months.Does anyone have any thoughts on this or do you mind the cold.I have to admit the rougher winter weather can bring particular challenging sea conditions, operating a rib on a cold winter day can be fun but can also be no picnic if caught by the weather, Is therefore ribbing a summer sport only or an all year round pastime, hobby necessity whatever your opinion may be, I think it is an all year rounder and love the sea conditions the winter brings, the cold is the biggest problem for me Gavin

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Old 09 December 2002, 14:59   #2
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No we have never winterised the boats since we got married 30years ago and bought a house, a fridge and a boat in that order-saved up for a washing machine eventually.
I was out cod fishing (carefully in a rib - big 'ooks) at weekend and it was COLD but what the hell its not too bad in good kit. Doubless we will be fishing (before the cod ban comes in??)and have a waterski over Xmas. Used to dive Scotlnd over xmas & new year from the boats in a wetsuit-none of your softie dry suits - but have learned more sense (and gained more aches and pains cos of it no doubt!) since!
Lifes too short to put a boat away for half the year-some grand days in winter
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Old 09 December 2002, 16:00   #3
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WE went out this weekend, I am going back next weekend to find the bits that fell off me. I personally find the water more interesting in Winter and find a better sense of achievement from Winter trips.

My andidote to the cold has been too carefully develop and nurture a thick layer of Blubber over the years, which does take the edge off the cold. and lots of layers of clothing under your foulies.

The otehr good thing is that the solent is close to empty at this time of the year apart from proffesional mariners and Broken warships
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Old 09 December 2002, 16:12   #4
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Winter Activities

I was out last night until about 9 playing games in Plymouth Sound with DGPW.

It was certainly V. cold but very enjoyable. As the previous thread mentioned, there is no-one else about. Wrap up and stay dry and there is no reason to pack up for winter.

I think last nite apart from the other 2 boats doing an Advanced course and my boat playing hide n seek in all the dark corners we could find, there was one other ship.
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Old 09 December 2002, 16:13   #5
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I guess you just have to be aware of the life expectancy if you end up in the sea. It is very cold during the winter months, just wandering if you have a survival suite or other gear to compensate for this. I guess you have to be prepared as you just never know!

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Old 09 December 2002, 16:39   #6
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Not personally done any winter ribbing yet, but here's my opinions on the subject!

RIBs seem to be designed with rougher conditions in mind, so in my mind it's a bit of a waste to restrict it to use in good weather, and then locking it up over the winter months. Our dive club's RIB is kept in storage over winter, but that's because not many of the members fancy going out diving in the sea in the middle of winter.
Providing you're wrapped up warm and have sensible safety gear, go out and enjoy the more challenging conditions, just don't push it too far.

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Old 09 December 2002, 16:42   #7
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Yes thanks Pete I am aware of the risk and slim chances of survival if an accident occurs I have got all the togs n safety gear and am generally that bit more careful in the winter

The idea is definitely to stay in the boat in winter. this is also when having the an amount of spares and the knowledge to replace them comes in Handy. Does anybody carry a spare Kill switch? Not cord but switch

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Old 09 December 2002, 17:24   #8
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Stuart if you cut all the wires under the console of a camel boat one at a time eventually you will be able to start it, especially if you jam a whacking great 18" adjustable spanner in the starter relay. Works for me everytime I borrow her.

Sorry couldn't help it, Pete
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Old 10 December 2002, 02:09   #9
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Well as I have just got my rib I am keen to get as much time in as I can.

Just finished sorting all the legal stuff and giving the boat a good service. So I will be out in the Solent on Sunday for a couple of hours, weather permitting!!! Taking all the good advice & precautions with me.

I see no real problems with Winter Ribbing.

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Old 10 December 2002, 06:56   #10
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I have always gone ribbing through the winter before on the basis that a) you get some lovely bright crisp sunny days b) its blissfully uncrowded and c) I've too much cash tied up in the RIB to have it sitting idle for 4-5 months of the year!!

Only reason for not doing it this winter is for max recovery time for the back problems I suffered in the summer.

Flanker has a good point about survivability in cold water. IMHO a drysuit with plenty of layers underneath is a must, even if its bright sunny and calm. If you end up in the drink, which can happen even on calm days, then you will need all the insulation you've got. (And yes like Wavehumper I have a certain amount of "personal" insulation which would help ). A decent wooly hat, fleece balaclava and goggles are also neccessary as is a pair of gloves. Think if you check back in the the forum this has been debated before but I use Gill Helmsmens gloves which are warm and waterproof.


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