Rib patrol boats – operating tips
* Make sure you attach the engine “kill-cord” to you, fasten it to your life jacket or belt – it’s there for your safety.
* Keep a close look around you as to position of other boats, including to your rear (particularly as you slow down).
* Ensure your passengers are seated and advise them when you are going to change direction/speed.
* Maintain control of boat at all times – one hand on steering wheel (if appropriate), the other on throttle.
* In event of capsize of one or more dinghies speed is of prime importance, until you are satisfied that both crew members are out of danger (i.e. 2 heads above water). High speed dashes are warranted in such situations – however, when the situation is clearly NOT life threatening then caution and a more moderate approach is called for.
* Safety of personnel must ALWAYS take precedence over recovery/safety of boats.
Returning to Shore