Getting back in the boat

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Getting back in the boat

Post by Danoutdoors » Thu Oct 10 2019 17:43

Just curious if on your own and possibly at anchor if you were to fall in how can you get back in the boat, have you got to swim for shaw? I imagine even with steps climbing out would be super hard and even with someone else on board getting back in would be very difficult, any thoughts? Thanks

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Re: Getting back in the boat

Post by Daniel » Thu Oct 10 2019 18:19

Assuming your outboards not running, stand on the outboards cavitation plate and push yourself up and clamber in as best you can.

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Re: Getting back in the boat

Post by andrew_nagel » Thu Oct 10 2019 18:26

It's worth trying in full gear in the warmer months. The emergency services do training sessions with clubs over here, to show you how to go on. A swim-ladder or a toe step mounted on the transom is a good idea.

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Re: Getting back in the boat

Post by BillCollins » Thu Oct 10 2019 18:49

I fell out of my boat at night in full rain gear and no way could I climb back in. Luckily I was anchored about 40yds from the bank so I swam in, stripped off and swam back out and climbed in. Then had to collect my clothes from the bank and row back to the car. It was in summer and the water was warm, I don't think things would have been as simple in winter.

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Re: Getting back in the boat

Post by keeponchucking » Thu Oct 10 2019 19:34

BillCollins wrote:
I fell out of my boat at night in full rain gear and no way could I climb back in. Luckily I was anchored about 40yds from the bank so I swam in, stripped off and swam back out and climbed in. Then had to collect my clothes from the bank and row back to the car. It was in summer and the water was warm, I don't think things would have been as simple in winter.
scary stuff

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Re: Getting back in the boat

Post by BillCollins » Thu Oct 10 2019 20:14

keeponchucking wrote:
BillCollins wrote:
I fell out of my boat at night in full rain gear and no way could I climb back in. Luckily I was anchored about 40yds from the bank so I swam in, stripped off and swam back out and climbed in. Then had to collect my clothes from the bank and row back to the car. It was in summer and the water was warm, I don't think things would have been as simple in winter.
scary stuff
Not really. I had a spare set of clothing in the car, got changed and rowed back to my spot and carried on fishing. Amazingly, the fish (bream) were still there and feeding in spite of the commotion.
However, as previously mentioned, winter would have seen a completely different scenario...

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Re: Getting back in the boat

Post by Danoutdoors » Sat Oct 12 2019 22:44

Thanks for the replies, more clued up than before, appreciate it 👍

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Re: Getting back in the boat

Post by Mike J » Sun Oct 13 2019 09:04

I used to regularly fish alone +30nm from shore for marlin, sharks and tunas and my boat was rigged accordingly.
I made a Stainless swim ladder* bolted to the top and back of the transom, it went down to water level, was hinged at the bottom, the same length extended upwards. A simple break-out release was attached to drop the extension.

If you fall in the water with the engine running the boat WILL start circling and get you in the end, this is why no feedback steering is absolutely essential if you fish alone.

* 18mm stainless tube formed on a basic plumbers pipe bender, MIG welded joints, hardwood treads.

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Re: Getting back in the boat

Post by Derek Kelly » Mon Oct 14 2019 21:12

https://www.osculati.com/en/11629-m-003 ... ncy-ladder
Have one of these, hopefully never need to use it.
Spare set of clothes on board in a dry bag, with survival blanket.
Knife at both anchor lines incase having to cut free to save time to motor back to shore.
Spare set of clothes and survival blanket back at van.
Spare stove in van with army ration pack boil in bag meals.

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Re: Getting back in the boat

Post by John Milford » Mon Oct 14 2019 21:42

How you would get out of the drink is something to think about in advance if you're bank fishing too, when fishing steeply banked rivers and drains.

Not fishing alone is not the answer as you could both wind up in trouble without forward planning, especially in wet, muddy winter conditions.

How many would routinely carry and use a rope and stake I wonder?
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