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Old 01 July 2009, 19:43   #11
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read a rescue report few years back that a lifeboat crew in wales had come across a 12 foot s.i.b during an excersie ,transpired that the 2 lads had set off from ireland with the intentions of going to the isle of man for the weekend but they missed the i.o.m in bad viz and kept on going until they ran out of fuel and drifted towards wales .
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Old 01 July 2009, 20:37   #12
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Mad - I make sure I take a hand held GPS and now I have charts on my mobile phone/pda as well - in a freezer bag of course!!!
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Old 02 July 2009, 04:02   #13
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I have just looked at a chart, I had no idea Wight was so close to the mainland! Thanks Nos4r2.
There are some wrecks 3 to 4 miles out up here,do you think this is to far? I won't sue you, I promise!
Geoff if you are fishing the solent,hill head is a cracking place to fish inshore from,,,,,,,,,smuts and small tope to be had ,don have to be far out either ,im hoping to get my rig down that way one of these days
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If you are planning an IOW trip then don't go on spring tides as they are fierce around there. You can get 4 foot standing waves around the back of the island and youll need more than 10hp to be safe.
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He's in Sunderland not the Solent!
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Thanks guys! One last set of questions!
What restricts range? Is it size or power?
For instance if I had a 5m sib, would my safe range increase?
Or if I had a 25hp engine instead of a 10?
Or is it a combination of the two?
Just interested....
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Thanks guys! One last set of questions!
What restricts range? Is it size or power?
For instance if I had a 5m sib, would my safe range increase?
Or if I had a 25hp engine instead of a 10?
Or is it a combination of the two?
Just interested....
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Nope all depends on how you handle your SIB, the power will help ie you can dodge waves quicker.
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Power is pretty important when it comes to tides!!!

Also the more speed you have the easier you can outrun bad weather IF the waves will let you..........
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What restricts range?

The amount of fuel you carry! On most of my outings, I'll bring 4 x 20 liter fuel cans. This will get me a range a bit over 200 km which is fairly typical for most of my weekend outings (1 or 2 nights out). If I'm just out for a full day, I might put on about 180 Km or so (round trip).

Always bring the appropriate charts & compass in addition to you handheld GPS (never depend exclusively on an electronic navigation device). Since I started travelling on large lakes (L. Winnipeg), where you can be 20-25 km from the nearest shore, I now also bring a handheld VHF radio with me.

Start off with short trips and gradually go further as you get a feel for your range and what your boat can handle. Always, always, always, bring an auxillary fuel tank and and extra fuel line!
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What restricts range?

The amount of fuel you carry!
Well, perhaps the amount of fuel you carry and how efficeiently (or not) your boat burns it.

On my Achilles 14 I ran a 6 gallon (US) fuel tank; would run a couple of weekends easily at double the ranges the OP was asking about (figure, I don't know; maybe 8 trips of three to four miles?)

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Start off with short trips and gradually go further as you get a feel for your range and what your boat can handle. Always, always, always, bring an auxillary fuel tank and and extra fuel line!
Sound advice.

If you can see the fuel remaining in your tank, you can also do a rule of thirds thing: 1/3 of the tank for the trip out, 1/3 for the return, and 1/3 for contingencies. Hopefully you'll never need the last third.

On a small boat with a smallish engine, you might be surprised at how far you can go on a couple of gallons. (Then again, I suppose, you might not. )

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