RMDL on-water practical session:
(For your RMDL boating practical session on the water the following will either be attempted or simulated and explained)
Stability and trim (demonstration with explanation)
a) Passenger brief. Stress importance of safety and where safety equipment is and what equipment is present.
b) Movement of passengers to demonstrate list and positive and negative trim.
c) Effect on performance with different states of passenger loading.
Anchoring (demonstration with explanation)
a) Anchor with adequate scope for correct fixing.
b) Retrieve anchor by slowing moving boat up under direction of anchor person.
c) Anchor with inadequate scope so anchor drags and boat continues to move.
Slow manoeuvres (demonstration and individual practice)
a) In and out of gear both forward and backward avoiding gearbox trauma.
b) Turns to port and starboard at low speed observing steering characteristics.
c) Approach buoy to the bow, and let go of buoy for accuracy of boat placement with respect to wind, tides and steering accuracy.
d) Approach buoy to the side as in person overboard drill. This is another slow and accurate approach, with motor off when buoy is level with the bow.
Manoeuvres at speed (demonstration and individual practice)
a) Engine and boat performance between displacement and planning modes.
b) Getting on to the plane smoothly.
c) Accuracy of engine control and its importance.
d) Effect of motor trim on planning angle.
e) Maintaining speed and course on the plane.
f) Turns at speed: figure 8.
g) Stopping from speed.
h) Person overboard drill.
i) Course and speed corrections for crossing vessels situations.
Berthing and unberthing (demonstration and individual practice)
a) Taking the boat into a berth. Use of steering and power.
b) Leaving a berth. Use of steering and power.
c) Tying the boat up: use of bowline.
Launching and retrieving (demonstration with explanation if and where possible)
a) Highlight problems and best way of launching and retrieving to avoid damage and personal injury.