Originally Posted by roycruse
i would love to come but have a load of questions as ive never done anything like this before.
i only have a small 4.2m rib - which ive only just bought second hand... im not new to driving a rib but am new to owning one - and have never ventured out of the fal estury before.
accomodation wise - is there a really cheap option - like camping - i expect its all booked up by now though.
what about pitching the tent on a beach somewhere...
has anyone ever used the ramp down at sennen - is there parking down there - i dont think i can carry enough fuel to go from mylor (where i normally launch)...
i have 2 young kids (6 and 7) they love the boat but would this be too much for them - is it best to leave them at home.
how much fuel would i need to take - what kind of pace do you do.
sorry to storm in to your thread with tons of questions but ive neve been to the scillies and always wanted to go in my own boat...
At this moment in time I would recommend a less adventurous outing.
You can camp, certainly on St. Mary's and St. Agnes. The website links given earlier specifies the details.
I cannot comment on Sennen.
I would not take the children at this stage.
With regards to fuel. You will need to make a calculation. What is your fuel consumption. How many miles do you get from 1 Ltr. How far will you travel. Add at least 25% to that, and thats how much you need.
Normally the fleet goes at the speed of the slowest boat, but a 4.2 is below the average small boat on this particular cruise. A 15 to 20 knot speed is typical.
As I said, I would choose something a little less....er.....adventurous for your first trip of this kind. I normally organise a S/W Coast Cruise for families, small boats, people of a nervous disposition etc. where we go parallel to the coast for 30/40 miles and dont venture off-shore. This may suit you better. I believe one is being organised at Fowey this year.
An alternative may be to jump on someone elses boat the first time, and then make your own judgement from that experience.
The seas off Lands End can be quite intimidating sometimes (as I have found out to my cost if you watch the video "RIB Cruising", which features the unfortunate me, in a 6.2m boat). So the trip is not to be undertaken lightly in a small boat.
I have looked again at your profile. You do not seem to have a radio yet. How about a plotter?
Now whereas cruising in company is a very safe thing to do and I highly recommend it, you should be prepared to look after yourself in the event of your getting separated from the group (bad weather, fog, mist). For this you would be wise to consult the BIBOA website at www.BIBOA.com
and check out the Cruising section for essential off-shore kit (flares?, First Aid kit? etc).
Compass? Paper Charts? All this is very dificult, I know, to stow on a small boat.
But it's your life (and maybe your kiddies) that's at stake here.