We managed - my 14 year old son and I - to take her down the Clyde from rhu and across to Rothesay. Bits of that were hairy. "Dad, is this really sensible?". "Dad, there is an awful lot of water back here". "Dad, what happens if that big wave catches us?". I am sure we learned lots that day - like the lee shore is less scary! These Zodiac with the inflatable high pressure V seem to be able to handle anything. The only time we had a LOT of water in the boat was when my son went to sleep in the sun in the bows on the way back - we were going flat out as we were in danger of being late for supper - and were overtaken by a fast pilot boat. Since I couldn't see the wash I didn't think it would be that big
I then looked over my shoulder and saw these mountain approaching, turned the sib quickly to meet them, and crashed through them.
BUT I had in my haste forgotten to reduce the throttle, and that forgotten that Josh was asleep in the bow! He got soaked (but is still talking to me).
I don't think we were ever in genuine danger, (I never felt we were in risk of being even close to getting really large amounts of water in her or of being unstable) but enjoyed the exhilaration of pushing the boat further and further.
I guess it was a 3 - 4 sea (but felt more)!!!
What are the really hard bits around the island? We have so far only gone from between the Needles and Cowes.