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  1. #1
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    Default Foredeck / Bow riding

    I've always been a little cautious of letting crew ride on the foredeck whilst underway. However, I had to ask SWMBO to do this recently as I realised I hadn't done up one of the zips securing the cushions down. Of course, she's got the taste for it now and thinks it's great.

    I know the Spanish lifeboat service warn people of the dangers of doing this but is it really that dangerous on a 34ft boat with a good size foredeck and hand rails? Do you guys allow people to ride on the bows in calm weather or never at all?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Foredeck / Bow riding

    Have not done this to date but I probably would allow it at displacement speed but not at planning speed.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Foredeck / Bow riding

    If they are sat down with a life-jacket on and holding on i think it's OK

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Foredeck / Bow riding

    When I was about 10 years old I used to sit on the foredeck, legs under the guardrails dangling over the side whilst going along at 20 knots or so, on a 20 foot Fletcher.

    Nothing bad happened to me - prob wouldn't do it /allow it now though.

    I think you're fine at slow speeds in calm weather though

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Foredeck / Bow riding

    Never .

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Foredeck / Bow riding

    If you're going to do it, make sure you have one leg either side of an upright stanchion. And be aware of risk of back/coccyx damage.

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    Default Re: Foredeck / Bow riding

    I certainly would never do it at planing speeds or in anything other than smooth water at displacement speeds, but then, yes we do. Our kids in particular enjoy it.


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    Default Re: Foredeck / Bow riding

    Quote Originally Posted by Portofino View Post
    Never .
    You have no rails !

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    Default Re: Foredeck / Bow riding

    Can I be controversial for the moment
    Say you are on the foredeck, and the boat hits a bow wave and you are tossed into the sea. You are young and you have the presence of mind to realize that a propeller is coming you way. You dive deep. Then your life jacket pops you back to the surface in time for the prop to slice your legs off
    Did I just make all that up, or is it a possible scenario?
    Neither a Leaver or Remainer be

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    Default Re: Foredeck / Bow riding

    Quote Originally Posted by jrudge View Post
    You have no rails !

    It would spoil the lines of an Itama
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