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Old 01 July 2009, 16:03   #1
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Range of my rig.

Hi Guys,
I have a S3.40 Avon with a 9.8hp two stroke. I use it for fishing, and it does 17 knots ish, maybe 12 comfortably. I slip at a slipway in a port that is well sheltered. I only go out in good conditions, and when they have turned snotty I head back in nice and slow and the boat copes fine. I fish in the North East, in the North Sea.
I have all the safety gear and at the moment I use it to fish about a mile and half from shore, but was wondering what kind of range, both from shore and my launch point, you would put on my rig? And if I went a for a little longer sib, would that increase my range , or just make things more comfortable?
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Old 01 July 2009, 16:17   #2
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Hmmm, tell us the size of your fuel tank then and we might have a chance.

I think as a rough rule of thumb at WOT 10hp burns 1 US gallon an hour, a 20hp 2 US gallons an hour, you get the picture.
Working on that you've got a 25 litre tank you'll have 6hrs at WOT, you need some in reserve too though!

6hrs seems a long range, I'm sure someone will put me right if I've bollocksed up?
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Old 01 July 2009, 16:42   #3
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Thanks for taking the time Chewy.
I haven't worded my question quite right. I am not so worried about the distance I get from my fuel, as I have a couple of tanks, more what you thought was a sensible distance out for me to go out.
I read of people on here going to the Isle of Wight and back. I would never go anything like that far, and I know it is down to me and what I feel comfortable doing, but was wondering others thoughts on the limitations of this size of boat. At the moment I limit myself to 1 1/2 miles.
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Thanks for taking the time Chewy.
I haven't worded my question quite right. I am not so worried about the distance I get from my fuel, as I have a couple of tanks, more what you thought was a sensible distance out for me to go out.
I read of people on here going to the Isle of Wight and back. I would never go anything like that far, and I know it is down to me and what I feel comfortable doing, but was wondering others thoughts on the limitations of this size of boat. At the moment I limit myself to 1 1/2 miles.
If you go to the IOW you're almost never more than 1.5 miles away from the shore and there's almost always huge amounts of boats around-you're usually in more danger of getting run down than anything else.

It's all down to location and local conditions. If 1.5 miles is what you're happy with, then stick to it. If you decide to go further, do it.
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Old 01 July 2009, 17:11   #5
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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!
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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!
Well... I've been 4 miles out before escorting an inflatable-but as I said, it depends on local conditions and hazards. If it gets rough, you won't have fun getting back in so if I was personally going to do it, I'd have to be pretty darn certain of the tides and weather. I'd certainly be looking at coming in before it became snotty as an hour of displacement speeds won't be much fun at all.
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Well... I've been 4 miles out before escorting an inflatable-but as I said, it depends on local conditions and hazards. If it gets rough, you won't have fun getting back in so if I was personally going to do it, I'd have to be pretty darn certain of the tides and weather. I'd certainly be looking at coming in before it became snotty as an hour of displacement speeds won't be much fun at all.
Fantstic Advice Nos4r2 and a very good advice to follow,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Er don t forget to JOUN THE SIB CLUB ON wsf ,lol
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Well... I've been 4 miles out before escorting an inflatable-but as I said, it depends on local conditions and hazards. If it gets rough, you won't have fun getting back in so if I was personally going to do it, I'd have to be pretty darn certain of the tides and weather. I'd certainly be looking at coming in before it became snotty as an hour of displacement speeds won't be much fun at all.
Thanks again Nos4r2. From the sound of your reply you don't think it is a great idea, which is good enough for me. I do ok of the close in wrecks anyway.
Thanks for taking the time!
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Old 01 July 2009, 18:33   #9
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think your about on your safe limit in your area ,any more further out in a small boat and if the weather turns it can be a daunting place .you also have to remember that each area can differ ,a few miles along the coast where there are plenty of harbours ,safe havens to get out if something goes wrong or the weather turns nasty, you could go with the basic of equipment ,fuel ,ect ,then theres going the same distance along a coast with high sheer cliffs to the waters edge or with no safe haven, so you
need to be equiped and enough fuel as if you were going 5 miles out to sea. i have had a couple of runs in my sib from teesmouth up nearly as far as peterlee
and south as far as skiningrove staying about a mile or closer off shore but only in settled weather conditions .
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I have a 3.1m with a 15hp 4 stroke - we have crossed the Bristol Channel in it - about 26 miles each way. It was a nice day and there was a typical Atlantic swell - nice long rollers.

We have often coast hopped about 15 miles each way.

My boat has a top speed of about 23-25mph so we should be able to get out of trouble fairly quickly.

Just do what you feel comfortable with.
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