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Old 30 August 2014, 12:38   #11
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Brilliant - thanks for sharing.
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Old 30 August 2014, 14:48   #12
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Thats a great write up, and quite inspiring. I really fancy a few trips like that myself. Need to get some suitable clothing first though.
Definitely make sure you have some decent wet weather gear and warm clothing (I only took foulies rather than the drysuit as it is Summer supposedly, and I was only doing a couple of passages close to the coast), but otherwise get planning - your boat would eat up passages like this!

Having sailed along this stretch of coast numerous times and visited all the ports before, I only had a fairly rough passage plan written down with bearings/distances to my planned destinations (and my planned backup harbours). If you're not very familiar with the area worth spending a bit of time with the charts/almanac so you know what to expect along the way, waypoints to look for, where you can get petrol, where you can (easily) stop for the night, etc.

I can safely say that having now done a longer trip and really enjoyed it, I shall certainly be doing some more in the future once I've sorted the seating arrangements!
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great vid, trip n write up, well done on all counts

Fantastic trip and video Paul, fair play to you doing it solo,the most time I've spent alone on the water in the rib is 2 hours and I found it very boring having no one to talk to


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Good work. Heading to Plymouth for rag and attic work next week! Salcombe is such a great place, the harbourmaster and facilities are brilliant! Nowhere up Borg is busy enough to justify it.
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Fantastic trip and video Paul, fair play to you doing it solo,the most time I've spent alone on the water in the rib is 2 hours and I found it very boring having no one to talk to


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Wot he said. Great write-up and thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the write up - very informative.....sounds like a good trip
going by car might have saved some fuel, but no nearly as much fun!
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A great write up, and very inspirational. Doing it solo is a great sense if achievement. Apart from the fact that you have nobody to back up your claims as to 'how massive the waves were!'
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Great video and report it made good reading thanks
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Apart from the fact that you have nobody to back up your claims as to 'how massive the waves were!'
Always amuses me: how well the camera manages to 'flatten' waves.
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Old 31 August 2014, 17:07   #20
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Thanks for the write up - very informative.....sounds like a good trip
going by car might have saved some fuel, but no nearly as much fun!
And all that traffic I would have faced by road as well - on the way there I barely saw anyone afloat!

But yes, even in a Defender it would have been cheaper to drive, but that wasn't the point! I was actually quite impressed with averaging just a touch over 1 litre/mile in the Ribtec, especially as there was a lot of on/off the throttle some days. I'm sure aiming to keep speed to 20-30kn made a big difference - if always pushing at top speed consumption would no doubt dramatically increase.
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