Big seas little boat
I went across to ribex from southampton yesterday at 12-1230pm, in what was the biggest seas i have ever been out in (on my own).
I hope you dont think i am exaguating when i say some were 3m and higher, and very close togeather, it is safe to say i have a lot more confidence in my searider.. I reakoned from a safety point of view as long as i had it pointed in the right direction preventing broaching, and took it nice and slow i would be safe.
After about 25mins of pure concentration i realised my speed had risen to between 15-18knots and i was starting to enjoy it, the whole trip still took me 55 mins from southampton, and i was very wet, but what a learning curve.
When i landed at Ribex the first though on my mind was i needed a bigger rib!!! but i believe the only real issues with the searider, the first is its width very narrow, this made for a bumby ride in the rougher seas BUT it did not feel as if i was going over and secondly the bow is not upturned like most ribs again i cant see how that would make other ribs perform better i just meant i got wetter..
Thank fully on the way back, it was noticebly carmer, waves only 1-1/2 mtrs, after my new found confidence in the searider i was approaching 25-30kts with a big smile on my face and lots of air..
Great day (bit scary though)