Originally Posted by Rob Jones
I have a 5.5m Tornado, and shall be bringing a scared girlfriend and 5 year old.
Just bear in mind that unless it is a flat calm you've got a very good chance that this will be the last time you ever get either of them on a boat. In fact it wouls be a good idea to look into the availability of public transport from St Vaast to Cherbourg, and the ferry timetable for the trip back.
Although this trip isn't a particularly big deal if you are prepared for it, it's definitely not a jaunt. It's a long way for a nervous passenger, and certainly for a small child. When they are not frightened, they will be bored. They will also be uncomfortable. Four hours can seem like a very long time indeed when you're a passenger in a small RIB, out of sight of land.
Even if the weather is perfect, they will still be bored. I really, really wouldn't take a 5 year old on this trip.
If you're looking for a way to make sure that you only go boating with your mates in future, you're on to a winner. If you want to go boating as a family I would suggest a much gentler start.
Sorry if this seems rather negative. By all means go to St Vaast, you'll have a great weekend, but I would really have a serious think about your crew. The family could go always go across by ferry and meet you there -- the grin on your face may go some way to proving that crossing the channel in a RIB really is worth doing!