Do other instuctors get these worried feelings?
I had a chap on a PBL2 course recently who had received no less than 2 RIBS recently as part of an inheritance. (Well its an ill wind etc etc).
He had no prior boating experience. The RIBS are pretty much new, with just a few odd hours on the engines. Kitted out with everything up to and including radar.
Lovely guy - and to be fair to him, he had already done his VHF course before he turned up for my PBL2, which makes you think hes a sensible sort of chap.
Speaking to him about the RIBS - it turns out that they are both 9 metre, and, wait for it, both have twin 250's on them.
Now, again to be fair, he was perfectly ok on the course, but we were using a RIB much smaller than his new plaything and with many times less horses on the back.
He is launching on Friday, and I have to say I am a little worried. Despite me saying "treat your boat with MASSIVE respect and just click the throttles when you are manoeuvring round the marina" - there is always the doubt that he will give a big handful of throttle and forget all about what I have told him.
I even went to the pub with him one evening just to talk about all the power and the respect it needs.
Other Instructors on here - am I worrying needlessly??? I do hope so.