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Old 05 January 2003, 13:11   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: Portsmouth
Boat name: Sting
Make: Tornado 6.8
Length: 6m +
Engine: Yam 200 HPDI
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New to Cruising

Been playing in RIBS for 17 years but never been further offshore than 30miles.

I will soon have a 6.85m RIB, is that ok for a trip to France from Portsmouth. Does insurance cover a single engine RIB for leaving UK waters? Do you lot always go in groups?

Anybody know of any good insurance companies?

Sorry about all the questions.

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Old 05 January 2003, 13:28   #2
Country: Canada
Town: Newfoundland
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Hi Andy,

6.85m is perfectly capable of crossing channel etc. Many smaller boats do so, as ever its a question of picking your conditions, but since you've been ribbing for so long you'll be up on that anyway!

6.85 & 200hp should go like stink I'dve thought Yam Hpdi is a cracking engine, I have one on my Scorpion. You should get around a litre per mile at cruising speed - 25-35kts.

Insurance - "standard" cover is usually upto 30m offshore but ask for "Brest to Elbe" cover which covers you for cross channel, North Sea, Irish sea etc. Shouldn't cost much if any more. I use Mardon who have been ok for insurance. I'm sure this has been discussed before here so try a search for insurance.

Cruising in company is always a sensible move, particularly for the longer trips. Cruises get organised here - e.g. Channel Islands, gathering & Orkney SIB challenge. You could also consider joining BIBOA - British RIB Club who organise cruising and racing events throughout the year. Email for details.

Have fun,

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Old 05 January 2003, 14:26   #3
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Hi Andy
Welcome to Ribnet. I am just starting out with my rib, cruisng & playing in the solent & I live in pompey, give me a ring on 07761 864043 for a chat if you want to. I found Mardon very good & helpfull.

Perhaps meet up for a sherbert or 2?

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Old 12 January 2003, 16:08   #4
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Boat name: April Lass
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Length: 9m +
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If we are going to have a meet in the Pompey area, count me in to. Think Matiboy lives locally too,

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