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Old 21 March 2017, 20:32   #1
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Hello from Cork!

Hello there everyone!

I'm a member a little while and find the site really good but this is my first post on here. I'm not entirely new to boats or ribs (I've had two smaller craft previously and my Dad has sailed all his life and we were always with him as youngsters) and I'd like to think I have a pretty good level of common sense but I have decided to rank myself as an absolute beginner for the purposes of this exercise and try to soak up as much information and knowledge as is possible without letting pride be a factor.

Although we live most of the year in Almaty City, Kazakhstan we have a home by the sea in East Cork and I have just bought an, old but good (I think) 5.5m Humber for use when we are at home here - mainly in summer.

I am undertaking a stage II powerboat course this coming weekend over 2 days as I want to learn as much as possible about safety before I take to the Atlantic waters with my very precious cargo - 2 sons, 8 & 12, for general fun and a bit of fishing etc. My craft is pretty modest compared to some of the beauties I've seen on here but what I want to know is, what do most of you guys, particularly the recent novices, invest in from a safety perspective? Obviously we have the essential PBD's and a good wet case for my phone but are there anything else you folks would think are essential pieces of safety kit? E-perb's, flares, maybe a VHF radio, is a second electric engine a good idea maybe? I'm not intending on going long distances out to sea by any stretch but really would prefer not to have to call on the services of the Coastguard or RNLI as an embarrassed novice if I can possibly help it, obviously.

Thank you in advance and really... all advice and help will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 21 March 2017, 20:35   #2
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Old 22 March 2017, 05:56   #3
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Old 22 March 2017, 06:13   #4
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hi whippy

nice rig you have there your doing the right thing get your course done your paying for it use that to get lots of info from the instructors who will be more than willing to guide you after that get in your boat get to know her make sure she works as she should take it easy and build your experience involve the family as much as possible so they learn too as you get confidant and experienced you will have loads of fun own boat tuition is good too so you learn how much your boat will cope with or more you can stand Humber's are great boat with a long history.

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Old 22 March 2017, 07:04   #5
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Thanks very much Jeff - I'm really looking forward to getting some formal training this weekend.
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Nice looking rig. Be careful of the bearing in the trailer. If you have not changed them then they are an unknown quantity. I would advise on getting them checked and once a year there after (at a minimum)

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Hello all, I am busy now acquainting myself with the ins and outs of your admirable internet site.
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Thanks very much Jeff - I'm really looking forward to getting some formal training this weekend.
thats it mate get that done then the forum will fill the gaps good point mick has made too jack the wheels up and give them a spin if they rumble or wobble change the bearings.
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Thanks a lot lads - Mick good points! I've jut fitted new wheels, new bearings and new mudguards to the trailer and lashed them with plenty of grease too.
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