Originally Posted by piemaker
Wondering what the minimum size of rib/sib and engine size would be recommended for a trip from Lymington to the Isle of Wight?
Where do you want to go? A short blast over to Yarmouth can be tackled in appropriate conditions/visibility in a fairly small craft - with normal caveats about safety and experience etc... we go over in a 4M Zodiac with a 40hp motor quite often. However the sea conditions out of Lymington can get very choppy, with the winds funneling through the Hurst channel, and especially when you have wind over tide, so pick your weather carefully. If you plan to go along the IoW coast towards Cowes, then I tend to cross the Solent quite early, and then hug the shore.. but in a small boat, check the tides, and go with them. Another option for Cowes is hug the New Forest shoreline and then cross the Solent at the narrow point at Lepe. I'm sure lots of folk here will have there own suggestions too!