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Old 28 July 2009, 18:19   #11
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All great advice as usual, so I shall only add one thing, Jake.

Have a bloody good time and make sure you take plenty of photos for us all to see.
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Old 29 July 2009, 05:06   #12
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I also have a decent length of rope but NO anchor. will this be a big problem?
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Only if you need it . It would not be regarded as good practise to leave shore without one - even on a big paddling pool like Ullswater. The scenarios are endless but in simple terms, if your motor fails/runs out of fuel, your big balloon like craft will still move quickly at the mercy of the wind. Someone may be handy on Ullswater to catch you, but you may find yourself rapidly drifting and trying to update your position to whoever you call for help. If you have an old barbell or gym weight, it should suffice to hold your craft on Ullswater.

To give you some idea, there are a few good threads on here (search) with lists of kit for craft like yours. If you take it all, you'll need a boat bigger than mine. The fun is deciding WHICH stuff to bring.
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Only if you need it . It would not be regarded as good practise to leave shore without one - even on a big paddling pool like Ullswater. The scenarios are endless but in simple terms, if your motor fails/runs out of fuel, your big balloon like craft will still move quickly at the mercy of the wind. Someone may be handy on Ullswater to catch you, but you may find yourself rapidly drifting and trying to update your position to whoever you call for help. If you have an old barbell or gym weight, it should suffice to hold your craft on Ullswater.

To give you some idea, there are a few good threads on here (search) with lists of kit for craft like yours. If you take it all, you'll need a boat bigger than mine. The fun is deciding WHICH stuff to bring.
I'd agree with that. I'd also say that I would happily take a SIB out on Ullswater withough an anchor if it was just me (me and hardy friends) in reasonable weather with a good forecast [worse case on Ullswater you end up on the shore in a really bad place, probably get wet getting out of boat to shore] - but if it was with the kids i'd be a little concerned about that (your most likely scenario is the engine dies, the wind kicks up and you can't paddle enough (or drop a paddle!)).

But a heavy weight or even a stong bag with some big stones in it on a long rope - would significantly slow your drift.

If its first time out with new engine - i'd try to get some practice starting first. As there is nothing to ruin the confidence of your wife in your abilities than watching you try to start it for 20 minutes only to realise it is in gear/kill cord off/fuel not connected and so wont!
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Old 29 July 2009, 06:43   #14
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Small grapnel anchor would do, light and don't take up much room. Not sure how deep Ullswater is?
I know I shouldn't but I use cheap polypropalene rope so it doesn't matter if I need to cut it.
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Hi there, I would really appreciate some advice regarding my maiden voyage this Friday to Ullswater with my new SIB. It is a Honwave 3.8 ie with a 15hp (4 stroke). I also have just bought a road trailer but apart from life jackets, ropes etc dont have any other kit such as launch trolley wheels etc.
Has anyone launched from Ullswater? If so where is the best place?
Also any advice regarding boat set up? There is me the wife and two kids aged 10 and 8.

Any help would be much appreciated

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sorry mate i might of gone over the top ,i thought it was tidal were yiou were launching,still good to have most of the kit ,ie anchor and rope
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Small grapnel anchor would do, light and don't take up much room. Not sure how deep Ullswater is?
Up to about 60 metres. I assume as it is a glacial lake the sides shelve pretty steeply?

Not sure how much anchor rope you would realistically want to carry in a SIB?

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Up to about 60 metres. I assume as it is a glacial lake the sides shelve pretty steeply?

Not sure how much anchor rope you would realistically want to carry in a SIB?

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max depth at ullswater is about 63 meters and a lot of that is within a few meters of the shore iin places ,once went out to an island years ago to dive ,used 2 avon redcrests and a 2hp yamaha engine towing the other boat ...sides of the island underwater were very nearly vertical
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welcome to Rib net
I have the same SIB with a 2 stroke Yam 20.
If you wanted to fit wheels, you need these trick ones that bend!
I spent a lot of time around Ullswater growing up.
It is a 10 mph speed limit, if you go significantly faster I am sure you will hear about it, as the lake has a regular steamer service.
Not sure who you could talk to on your VHF there other than the steamers.
The Outward bound school used to run a rescue craft there, but I only remember it being when they were using their boats/kayaks out on the lake.
The water is very deep and very cold, it shelves steeply in a lot of places and towards the Pooley Bridge end, shallows out - I remember a lot of green slime sticking to things at that end of the lake.
The Glenridding steamer car park has a small concrete slip, used by Donald Campbell when launching Bluebird there before he moved it to Coniston.
Think he reached 202 mph, there is a plaque somewhere there.
The weather can change quite quickly, so make sure you carry the right kit for that as it does get cold out on the water and kids will get put off quickly if they are cold and wet.
BUT - the scenery is fanatstic and if the weaether is good you should have great time just pottering about.
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Old 29 July 2009, 16:57   #19
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Once again, thanks for all your advice. Weather forecast is not that great so we will all be wrapped up in layers and waterproofs etc.
Just hope we can get some time out on the water and so get some experience.

I CAN'T WAIT

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Old 29 July 2009, 17:00   #20
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[QUOTE=MustRib;307312] welcome to Rib net
I have the same SIB with a 2 stroke Yam 20.
If you wanted to fit wheels, you need these trick ones that bend!

These wheels, are they specially designed for the Honwave?
Where can you get them from?
And roughly how much?

Best wishes and thanks in advance

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