I changed my rib last year. I had notions of getting something like a 6.5m and trying a few legs of the 'round Ireland' bash..
As it happens - It took me the whole year to get something I liked - and the Round Ireland tour was well over by the time I was towing by new RIB home to Ireland.
The idea of a RIB tour in company is very appealing. However - on reflection - the 'bashes' - like the Round Ireland bash, or the Round Britain bash - are not for the novice - and are probably too demanding in terms of fuel costs and time (at sea) for many RIB users.
So I was wondering about a milder kind of tour - with smaller journeys, and some more tourist time ashore. (I'm sure there are lots ...).
Last night I saw an ad for ManX whisky... and then I thought..
What about a Whisky tour - or a Whisk(e)y tour.
After some very minimal research - I figured that - using Douglas as a starting point it would be possible to visit at least one distillery, by boat - almost every day for a week long tour.
Starting in Douglas (Welcome To ManX
), Then first day cruise to Portpatrick (60 mls ? - and maybo bo distillery here), then day 2 to Girvan (~40mls), day 3 to Lochranza on Arran (~50 mls), day 4 through the Crinian Canal to Jura (Craighouse ~50mls), day 5 to Islay (possibly Port Ellen ~25 mls), Day 6 to Bushmills (~35 miles - but open to the Atlantic..), Day 7 to Bangor (NI) area (long - ~60 mls ?), Day 8 to Carlingford RoI (Cooley Whiskey) (long again 60+ miles) - and day 8 - back to Douglas...
This is purely based on a hour on Google maps with my Sunday morning coffee.. I have no idea about the seas - here - but the distances look achievable, and some of the cruises look relatively sheltered (compared to the long distance bashes) - so looks like something more suitable for the less hard core ribbers - or for smaller boats.
Does this sound like an interesting idea ?