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Old 13 November 2007, 17:00   #11
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For what its worth and PacificNWrib has to decide for himself what he wants to do, I would quite happily go 15 mile offshore in his 4 meter RIB with the 50 HP on the back.

I'd make sure its a nice day and check the forecast first.

Indeed its something I used to do quite happily in my Searider when the conditions were right.

Now if the question is "What size RIB do I need to go 15 miles off shore in any conditions". Then I'm afraid I can't answer that. It would probably need to be a ship for that sort of thing.

Now where is that piece of string
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Old 13 November 2007, 17:46   #12
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Thanks everyone for the feedback. Yes, I am talking about ideal conditions. I would definitely not go out alone. Weather permitting I would like to give it a try.

Or find a big lake and give it a go in some rough weather.
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The 22' size is the mimimum size most coast guard and military boats I have seen are that are used to go off shore. Probably has to do with the size of the wave heights so that the boat doesn't get up ended in hi surf condititions and that it has enough mass to be stable in a variety of sea states. The good news is that the 4m boat wont sink because it is a Rib.

I think the general rule is always be prepared when it comes to mother nature. You might expect the weather to be good, but it might turn or you face a breakdown which leaves you stranded and then the weather turns. Up on the great lakes you can get perfect conditions one hour, and the next a storm will role in and you get big waves and dangerous conditioins. 15 miles offshore puts you in a situation where help is going to be difficult to find you should you have a breakdown and you might be stuck out there for a while until help arrives. This is where the issue of the boat size really comes into play.
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Old 14 November 2007, 21:15   #14
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The 22' size is the mimimum size most coast guard and military boats I have seen are that are used to go off shore.
The obvious difference here is that when they go, they *have* to go.

For us civilian types, it's a pick and choose when it comes to weather and a trip.

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Old 15 November 2007, 14:14   #15
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15miles is starting to get outside the range of VHF (assuming your antenna on the 4m boat isn't 6m tall). In my 4.7m AL hulled RIB I stick to 10miles from shore. Partly this is due to the lack of a kicker/redundant propulsion. Partly because I have pounded the crap out of myself even close in.

I would be leaving the weather channel on scan and heading in from 10miles asap if its even remotely marginal. 15miles, I probably would not do since there's nothing 5miles further out there that I'm interested in.

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Old 15 November 2007, 19:51   #16
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The obvious difference here is that when they go, they *have* to go.
Yep, the Coast Guard saying goes "You have to go out but you don't have to come back".

Though the implementation of Rescue 21 nationwide *should* increase the range of USCG VHF coverage, offshore communications in any type of vessel is critical.

At least on the east coast off of Florida, I have yet to see anything less than a 20' C/C out past fifteen miles. Our communication and nav equipment requirements increase beyond 20 miles. 20 miles is considered the limit by policy for the 733 I run.
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A friend of mine was doing some fishing out of Santa Cruz, trolling for albacore about 5 miles out, when he came across an older Asian gentleman fishing from a float tube. The guy declined a ride back in (and seemed miffed that my friend had interrupted his fishing.)

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