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Old 17 September 2014, 03:02   #11
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I have done over 50 miles round trip out on the Great Pacific Ocean from San Francisco Bay. The day was glassy with no waves and we could make top speed, but tended to keep it around 18-22 mph. Burned a full tank of fuel 6.6 US gallons, and had to plug my 3 gallon reserve tank in as I ran out as we entered the Marina.

When on a boat for along time I have to get comfortable once in a while. That means standing up often. I will sit stand on my motor, and typically I have my launch wheels on to lean against. If there are only a couple of us, or myself I bring a camp chair to hang out in and relax. Since it supports my back it is more comfortable.

On that note, I did buy a small folding boat seat and have been contemplating bending up some tubing and instead of sitting on the hard tube sit just above it on my new seat. Never seen it done before?? If that great idea doesn't work, I am going to build a bench seat and mount it on that for when I have only one passenger. I plan to do that anyway. Got a few projects before either one comes about though.
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Old 03 October 2014, 16:00   #12
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Thanks for your replies. Nice to read your stories!
The conclusion is that 50 miles offshore is possible in a SIB if sea conditions are very calm. Will give it a try in the future.

If there are more SIB-ers who go far out offshore occasionally, I look forward reading your experiences and advice.
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Old 03 October 2014, 17:00   #13
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The conclusion is that 50 miles offshore is possible in a SIB if sea conditions are very calm. Will give it a try in the future.
I doubt there are many people alive that think 50 miles offshore is okay to do in a SIB.
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Old 03 October 2014, 17:13   #14
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I doubt there are many people alive that think 50 miles offshore is okay to do in a SIB.
Quite a few internet trolls claim to do it regularly/regularly claim to do it

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Old 03 October 2014, 17:16   #15
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I doubt there are many people alive that think 50 miles offshore is okay to do in a SIB.
Just phone the AA lol!
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Old 04 October 2014, 06:12   #16
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I think I do one or two long distance trips a season in my SIB.. say 50 - 60 miles in a day but they are round coastlines etc..not straight off shore. I will cross ten miles of exposed sea in good weather, to get to an island I want to explore..example ..Ailsa Craig is around 10 miles from the mainland or Eigg around the same.. but 50 miles off shore ? That's like considering visiting St Kilda in a SIB .. nope not for me.. although I do know of a couple of kayakers that made that journey this year ..I would call a journey like that as "Extreme SIBbing" :-D
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Thanks for your replies. Nice to read your stories!
The conclusion is that 50 miles offshore is possible in a SIB if sea conditions are very calm. Will give it a try in the future.

If there are more SIB-ers who go far out offshore occasionally, I look forward reading your experiences and advice.
It is possible but I would not recommend it

If you are 50 miles out that is a round trip of 100 miles and that is a lot of fuel for a sib too!

Not recommended from me!
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Old 04 October 2014, 07:33   #18
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10 to 15 miles out from mainland Uk is far enough for me on a flat calm day.
This is as far as I have been, or ever want to be from land in a Sib.
On each occasion I was going to small Scottish Islands so I'm theory the true distance from land is half of that.

I must admit I do feel very vulnerable when this far from shore and you become very aware that the slightest technical issue could end up in a Pan Pan or a May Day call.

I do cover substantial distances trolling and drifting whilst sea fishing - in the region of 25 to 50 miles per day. However I seldom go beyond 2 miles from shore.

I use MX Mariner on an android tablet this allows you to leave a snail trail of where you have been and tells you the total distance covered.

I would not be confident nor would I enjoy going 50 miles from land in a Sib.
Each to their own tho!
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