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Old 29 November 2001, 01:02   #11
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Are you LUCKY enough,

To take 5 weeks in row ????
Cause in Greece the luckiest ones take 4 in line and the 5th some time in the year.
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Old 29 November 2001, 02:53   #12
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I recently owned a Quicksilver 3.4 metre inflatable. She had a sectional floor and inflatable keel, would plane at 6 knots (well below the planing speed of many RIBs) and could manage 20 knots from her Mariner 25HP Outboard. She carreid a C rating for useage - the same rating as the majority of RIBs.

I used her in and around the solent, and she coped with some heavy seas - and some strange wave sets - with less difficulty than some of the RIBs that were around at the time. The key is in the skill of the driver!

The Navy used Gemini inflatables at sea for many years before they turned to RIBs - and indeed on several Frigates and Destroyers they have retained their inflatables by choice!

If you can carry enough fuel and supplies - and be prepared to do some 'tacking' if the seas get a little difficult - go for it!
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Probably the other way round next year, after all I have been round 4 times before and it can get awfully boring!

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Old 29 November 2001, 12:38   #14
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The Navy used Gemini inflatables at sea for many years before they turned to RIBs - and indeed on several Frigates and Destroyers they have retained their inflatables by choice!
Are you really suggesting that they are choosing inflatables over RIBs because of their seaworthiness? Where did you get his information from?

I wouldn't be surprised if some ships have inflatables as well as RIBs, but I would be very surprised if any carry them instead!

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Old 29 November 2001, 18:51   #15
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This is going back to when the average Frigate / Destroyer carried 2 Ships Boats - a Cutter and a whaler, and a Gemini Inflatable. RIBs were not around in those days - at least not for use by the Navy (early 80s)
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Old 30 November 2001, 04:07   #16
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The only way I could take 5 weeks in a row would be over Xmas when its too damn cold and wet to go ribbing in the UK!
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which way round

"Brian

Probably the other way round next year, after all I have been round 4 times before and it can get awfully boring!

Alan P"

Raises an interesting question. Is it more difficult going clockwise or anticlockwise Round Britain? Most people seem to go clockwise. (RB4, Round Britain 2000, Hot Lemon, etc etc). In some respects I'd have thought that with prevailing Westerlys going anticlockwise would give you the shortest part punching into the wind direction, albeit around the potentially roughest bit and allow you to run the length of Southern England with the wind and sea behind you. A generalisation I know but I do recall the English channel being the most uncomfortable part of RB4!

It would certainly make a change!

BTW, Alan P, do you plan to stop anywhere on the East Coast (Suffolk/Essex) on your trip. Can offer local knowledge if its of use!

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Clock v. anti-clockwise.

It can't be just psychological can it?
I think that potentially the most dangerous/dificult bit is across the top of Scotland.
Don' t fancy going up the Pentland Firth or round Cape Wrath heading "the wrong way" into 30 foot seas, personally.

We all know the English Channel is a doddle!! Even if your boat goes pear-shaped you just let yourself drift south and pick up some duty-frees.
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It's just occurred to me we are getting a bit off the subject here.
All this talk of 30 foot seas is probably making Toby's signer-uppers pause for thought!
Let's let this topic get back to small, pure inflatables and their round Britain challenge.
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Who knows what the weather will do next year, might blow from the north or might blow from the south. Does it matter?
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