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Old 07 August 2007, 06:40   #11
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We used to cross the Solent in a little SIB - not exactly sure how big it was, somewhere between 3.5 and 4 metres but we had a 25 on the back which could normally get us out of a little bit of trouble. Although it wasn't the most comfortable thing to do, you couldn't exactly stroll round cowes after the trip.

Price wise i think we picked our up for around 1250, it was a bit old but well trusted and it would fit in a landrover boot and was much easier to launch than i guess a fishing boat would be.
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Old 07 August 2007, 07:54   #12
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I looked on ebay and found a few fishing type boats, about 15-18ft, could trail it down there, and they seem to have about 20-40 hp engines on them, think they might be a better option...
I don't know the Solent at all, but it sounds a bit like our Great Lakes... choppy, confused seas...

All things considered, I think I would prefer a 3m SIB to a 15' "real boat"...
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What is the maximum motor power that your boat rated for, & how fast would the boat go with that motor? If you're in an area with lots of ferry and other ship traffic, a 6 knot maximum speed sounds pretty scary.
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What is the maximum motor power that your boat rated for, & how fast would the boat go with that motor? If you're in an area with lots of ferry and other ship traffic, a 6 knot maximum speed sounds pretty scary.

7hp, it does around 6knots with the engine on it at the mo, after reading this I think it is best that I get some more seaworthy. It is great for the thames and the odd canal even a little bay in orkney, but I think not the greatest for the busy solent
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Old 07 August 2007, 08:53   #15
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You need something like this, with a 25 hp.
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I have done the trip from hayling island to bembridge by myself back in april this year.This was in a bombard aerotec 380 and a 25hp engine.I took with me tools,gps,flares,spare spark plugs and 2 phones.
I think you would need at least a 10hp or more to do the trip as when i did it the weather was good and the sea calm but mid-way the sea was quite lumpy and was knocking me off the plane.So it was comforting to have the extra power to get through it and back on the plane.It took me about 40 minutes to do the trip.
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I've just been from Portsmouth to Cowes and back today in a 3.4m inflatable with a 15hp motor.

I'm reasonably experienced, had the normal safety kit on board, and best of all the weather was great. It was busy out there, with some interesting wakes to deal with, but we had no dramas.

Picking the right weather for this sort of jaunt makes all the difference between a fun day out and a miserable fight. Even in conditions like today I wouldn't be keen to do it in anything much smaller or less powerful.

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Old 11 August 2007, 17:15   #18
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Having spent a lot of time in bigger and faster craft in the solent, I would imagine it would be very scarey indeed, it is the busiest piece of water in the country, and when the weather is good, there are an unimaginable number of large gin palaces going in all directions with owners who don't need any qualifications! I would go to Wales and go from Swansea to Ilfracombe - about 500 times safer!

Realistically you would need a waterproof VHF and a flare pack (one of those mini ones would do) as a minimum - anything less is suicidal - read the thread about the sinking boat at the weekend in the Solent if you're not sure, and that was a lot bigger and could have ended up with a fatality - not enough lifejackets, no VHF or flares!

I would also worry about your top speed is 5 knots flat out? Big cargo ships go quite quickly in and out of Southampton water, and they also change direction without warning - you'll need some speed to get out of their way!
Ditto all of the above. I test ran my boat out of Warsash before buying it. It was bedlam!! I wouldn't want to be bobbin' about in a dinghy in that area.
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Sorry to resurrect an old thread but as an islander it has occurred to me that no one has mentioned crossing for Lymington to Yarmouth. This is the shortest distance between the mainland and the island so should be ideal for crossing in a sib.

I hasten to add I have not done this so if anyone knows why it is not a good idea please let me know.
I am thinking of visiting family this way in a Bombard aerotec 380 with a 15hp two stroke.
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No problem at all - just pick some decent weather and watch out for the ferries!

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