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Old 17 September 2011, 15:30   #1
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Round the IOW

Hi just wondering if anyone would be interested in a trip round the IOW in the next few weeks. I'm new to ribs & have been gaining confidence over the last 3 months with trips to Lymington (the furthest so far), Beaulieu & Cowes from Warsash but would love to try & get round the island. I have a 4.8m ribcraft with 4 stroke 60hp so I'm not the fastest & the weather / waves would need to be good! Intending to winterise at the end of Oct so would love to have one last trip to keep me going until relaunch March next year!
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Old 17 September 2011, 18:35   #2
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With a boat that size so easy to tow and launch, don't winterise, just flush it and use it on those glorious winter days when it's clear blue, flat calm and fresh as. Just wrap up. You'll miss some of the best days of the year otherwise!
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Old 17 September 2011, 18:43   #3
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I agree about winter weather, some days it can be so much better than other times of the year. With regard to going round the isle of wight and you say your new to ribbing, I would recommend you build up to it unless you feel 100% confident, the weather is great and you've taken appropriate precautions and have a good plan with the right kit aboard. If the weather isn't great it can be rather rough and intimidating in some parts.
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Old 17 September 2011, 20:25   #4
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lovely little rig you got there. Agree what the others have said. Don't waste money or time winterizing, I've never done this. Just run up the outboard on muffs once every 2 or three weeks if you haven't used her and move the trailer around to keep the wheels free. I would have to say that January and Feburary are the lean months for me and I'll certainly use my RIB up untill Christmas, there are some nice Cod out there with my name on.
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Old 17 September 2011, 20:48   #5
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my view is that I pay for the boat all year so I might as well use it all year.



i'd be up for a trip round the Island, wekend after next is good for me

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Old 18 September 2011, 02:40   #6
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With a boat that size so easy to tow and launch, don't winterise, just flush it and use it on those glorious winter days when it's clear blue, flat calm and fresh as. Just wrap up. You'll miss some of the best days of the year otherwise!
Totally agree, I use to keep my yacht in all year. Some of the best sailing days especially around the Solent can be had as it's so quiet BUT rounding the island can be very precarious and don't rely on weather forecasts. I know many people that have been caught out and have fought to safe themselves from very dangerous predicaments. For instance if the forecast says it will blow a 4-5, don't rely on that it can go much higher. Wait until conditions are near ideal, there is no rush and you will have a more enjoyable trip especially if you are taking family along - you don't want to put them off RIBbing.

Spoke to a guy last week that had a Searider and sold it after his last outing last year when wind and tide caught them out! It scared them for good! They didn't get much passed Chichester Bar either let alone around the the IOW. Also spoke to a guy who hit an unforeseen force 8 IN Chichester Harbour itself, said it was worse in the harbour than out Tides can create Mary hell with sea conditions when the wind wants to play the devil as well.

Jump in when you have a few days stretch of good weather and you will have an enjoyable save trip
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Ice hockey permitting (no I am just the taxi driver ), I am up for a trip around the island. Are you firming up on dates?
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I'd be up for that if the weekend works well...it's been a while since I did RTI.
Would be launching from up the Itchen, so easy to meet at Warsash
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1st or 2nd Sept would be good. A bit concerned that the ribs so far are all rather long & powerfull & that I won't be able to keep up! Are there any smaller ribs (& horses) up for it to keep me company at the back? What's the best way round & the adavance weather site to check?
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A bit concerned that the ribs so far are all rather long & powerfull & that I won't be able to keep up!
Don't be... first tiem I did it was in a 5.4 SR, the boats waiting at the back to support the smaller ones were the larger ones!

We'll wait for you

I've only ever gone clockwise round, but depends on tides etc.

For weather sites, I usually compare XC weather, Metcheck and BBC, and try to make some sense of that lot. Others may have better suggestions.

It can also help to check Bramblemet for a few days running up to a proposed outing, just to see what the wind has been doing as an indicator to seastate.
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