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Old 13 January 2013, 16:30   #21
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Thats good advice, will need to look for a local lake, river that i could take it on. The problem i suppose is that i have just moved next to the sea, where i will be living for three years and spend all day watching people coming past on boats and wish i could join them
You'll be fine if you just go out on extremely calm days and don't go out further than you or your crew could swim back, could take a hand held VHF as a precaution

Thinking back.... A few years ago I took a 30 toy-dingy out in the sea, but I stayed very close to land...... Like anything else, just use common sense and don't underestimate Mother Nature

Good luck, you might get the boating bug.... Be warned..... It'll empty your pockets :-)
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Old 13 January 2013, 16:32   #22
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You'll be fine if you just go out on extremely calm days and don't go out further than you or your crew could swim back, could take a hand held VHF as a precaution

Thinking back.... A few years ago I took a 30 toy-dingy out in the sea, but I stayed very close to land...... Like anything else, just use common sense and don't underestimate Mother Nature

Good luck, you might get the boating bug.... Be warned..... It'll empty your pockets :-)
Because it is a private beach, which does kayak hire etc they have lifeguards on duty who have a boat so was hoping if any issues they would come and help!
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Old 13 January 2013, 16:37   #23
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Chat to the lifeguards before you go out, I'm sure they would appreciate a small donation for looking after you

You can have a great time on any boat, just plan to make you and your family safe and you'll love it
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Old 14 January 2013, 12:31   #24
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oh dear , i was expecting a much worse mauling than that !.. the big problem with this type of boat is it has no keel..i used to have an inflatable canoe great on the river and lakes but not on tidal i nearly landed myself in some serious dung with the wind blowing me out to sea,you need a deep v keel and transom ... best advice is go for a second hand one off the bay or keep an eye on the forum as it is very addictive.. even a chinese special with hidea engine would be better (waiting for it lol)
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Old 14 January 2013, 12:39   #25
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You could always trade it in, put some extra cash together and get something a bit more seaworthy.

If you're living near the sea anyway you've got to get a boat, it's the rules!

For 500 you should be able to get a second hand boat around 3 metres in length, and a 5hp engine. For what you're hoping to do this would be perfect on a sheltered bay and should push a couple of you around the bay at 6/7mph for 5 of fuel all day.
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oh dear , i was expecting a much worse mauling than that !..

Me too!

This thread makes me feel proud to be part of Ribnet, good constructive advice, not a piss taker in sight!

first boat I had a intex and used it on lake windermere even without tide with the wrong wind it would blow you the opposite way you were rowing!

but have others have said it got me hooked.

2m to 2.7m sib to 4m sib to 4m rib
and now ive got the itch again
5.3m next!!!!!
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Old 14 January 2013, 14:19   #27
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Thanks for the welcome...im originally form Audenshaw :-)
Ahh! That explains it then
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I used to have a boat like this, used it for paddling round near the shore while on holiday for many years. later on we managed to get it into a suitcase with our luggage and took it to the Maldives!

Although the boat would probably be frowned upon as not seaworthy, I used it there every day for two weeks. I could row right round the island we were staying on in about twenty minutes...it was fabulous.

The next year I took it to Bali/Lombok on holiday but it sprang a leak so I left it there.

It had lasted fifteen years.
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Okay Thankyou, i will delete the message as dont really want loads of abuse!
Don't delete it, stay on board as it were.

You don't know what you don't know.......you were after advice and you got it.

I believe that's what you asked for and thankfully you were advised correctly and quickly..........however the bunch on here are likeable and would rather help than alienate. You may well be steered into RIB ownership by way of which you shall get good and sound advice.

Stick with it.
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Ahh! That explains it then

Sorry, couldn't resist
You took your time.
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