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Old 04 May 2013, 10:36   #11
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Thanks to all who have replied to this query. I did expect a range of opinions, and, being a grown up, I know I have to balance others suggestions with my own levels of risk taking. My sea experience is nil, but I have a little inland experience. I've been on the dee, the fens, Loch Lomond and a couple of sections of the Severn. I originally bought a small cabin cruiser and was due some rya training, until my mrs became I'll and I couldn't launch and recover alone. I thought a sib would be the most manageable fun for us. I've done my rya VHF licence and have a very good handheld, and am keen to try sheltered coastal waters. I think the best option for me, is to tag along with someone more experienced a couple of times as suggested. Any offers would be much appreciated. I've had my boat two years without getting it on the water at Oban, I'm determined this year to at least pootle about in loch Creran and craiginish, which look much more sheltered than the welsh coast (at least to the untrained eye!)
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Old 04 May 2013, 11:15   #12
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Thanks to all who have replied to this query. I did expect a range of opinions, and, being a grown up, I know I have to balance others suggestions with my own levels of risk taking. My sea experience is nil, but I have a little inland experience. I've been on the dee, the fens, Loch Lomond and a couple of sections of the Severn. I originally bought a small cabin cruiser and was due some rya training, until my mrs became I'll and I couldn't launch and recover alone. I thought a sib would be the most manageable fun for us. I've done my rya VHF licence and have a very good handheld, and am keen to try sheltered coastal waters. I think the best option for me, is to tag along with someone more experienced a couple of times as suggested. Any offers would be much appreciated. I've had my boat two years without getting it on the water at Oban, I'm determined this year to at least pootle about in loch Creran and craiginish, which look much more sheltered than the welsh coast (at least to the untrained eye!)
Thanks for the steers so far
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Neil,
you are more than welcome to join us on a few trips around The Menai Straits, yes it can be a touch tricky in places, but there is plenty of opportunity for safe boating, for any size of rib, and if the water is calm there is also the chance to venture a little further to do a bit of exploring.
We've had a few trips to Loch Lomond and further north too, loads to see and do up there, but I'm not up to it at the minute, so Nth Wales coast does it for me
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Cheers chris, that's an offer I'd like to take up. How often do you get out on the water?
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Cheers chris, that's an offer I'd like to take up. How often do you get out on the water?
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sounds good to me Neil
we try to get up there as often as possible, hopefully be there next weekend and should be there for the next bank holiday.
Imray do some good charts which are ideal for ribs, as they are "waterproof", so good for use on a open boat. OS maps are good too, they do a waterproof version as well so great for working out where you are and what your looking at
If you want to PM me when you are want to go, we'll try and fit in with you. The slip at Ty Calch, just Nth of Caernarfon is great, Chris will launch you and park your trailer up safely and also keep an eye on your motor to, all for 16 great cruising from there, if weather is a touch iffy there's always the Straits up to Beaumaris to explore, if weather is good then it's Caernarfon Bay, with loads of good beaches and a couple of good estuaries to explore, especially in a small rib, get much further than we can
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