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Old 15 September 2012, 16:52   #1
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Southampton to Isle of Wight on a sib

Would you recommend going from Southampton to IOW on a 3.6m Yam 360s or is that just asking for trouble?


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Old 15 September 2012, 18:36   #2
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you have two problems;

1. Weather
2. Traffic

and even if you think you can put up with choppy waves, don't underestimate the traffic in that section -

What I would suggest is to try and find 2 -3 other SIBs to go together.
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echo going in a group.

other helpful information, what engine have you got? what safety equipment? how many in the boat?
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On the right day with the right engine, I can't see why not.

I have done it from Calshot to Cowes in my 3.10 Avon Rover, it can be busy you just have to use your loaf.

I am not advising you to do it, I am just saying it is very doable but its certainly not a family day out.

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Does it have to be Southampton to Cowes? Lymington to Yarmouth is a much easier trip - less distance, less big ships, etc.
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I am not advising you to do it, I am just saying it is very doable but its certainly not a family day out.
I'd say that's a fair assessment. I've done Portsmouth to Cowes in a Quicksilver 310 a few times without any drama, but it can be hard going in anything but a flat calm.

Be aware of the types of hazard you're likely to come across and pick some decent weather and you should be fine.
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Old 24 September 2012, 14:40   #7
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I did it several times in an Avon 380 with a 15hp on it. Usually absolutely fine, but one time there was chop and it was a lot more hard going. I was annoyed at my girlfriend hiding under the spray dodger as I got soaked - but justice reigned when she fell in when helping drag it up cowes beach. The moral - it's totally doable on a nice day, but if the wind picks up its NOT fun.
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Does it have to be Southampton to Cowes? Lymington to Yarmouth is a much easier trip - less distance, less big ships, etc.
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I have gone from Lyminton to Yarmouth a few times in small sail boats. As said, lot less traffic, shorter distance. Avoids a lot of hassle. Launched at bath road Lyminton. Videos here.


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We did Bucklers Hard to Cowes town centre a couple of weekends ago.

Crew comprised me, wife, three year old, five year old and dog. Bit lumpy on the way out, flatish and flat out on the way back.

Good day had by all - with the possible exception of the dog.

Can't speak for other SIBs but the Aerotec seems very capable with a 15hp on the back.
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If you ever want to make the crossing to Cowes I'm sure that we can arrange it, I don't mind either taking part or chaperoning in the RC585 and I'm sure others will help out too
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