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Old 07 June 2014, 00:29   #1
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What would you do

If being 15 miles at a off shore island with other boaters around and when about for all to return to same port surrounding water turns windy & choppy to give a very unpleasent water ride, not that awfull to put your life in jeopardy though ?

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No nothing between island and port, you're with different type of vessels, sailboats, catamarans, yachts, cruisers around. Towing is not possible or even boarding you boat on somepone else's boat. Be creative...

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Get tucked in behind a cruiser and follow it's wake home?
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Good idea. Sleep the night and become 'Bear Grills'
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Im not sure from your wording if I am with the other boaters.. hence responsibility comes into the equation or not. So I will assume that the other boaters have nothing to do with me.

First..I do go to remote islands in very small boats and have some experience of this type of situation.
The Ailsa Craig is an open sea crossing ten miles from the nearest land...and I have visited it in my 12ft hard shell boat as in this photograph. It is powered by a 4hp engine so only goes at slow displacement speed. It is certainly not a boat to be out in during a chop.



Before I even contemplate such a journey..I will know the weather forecast.. tide times .. and currents in the area. Preparation like this ... for such a journey is the very basics ...as far as Im concerned.

However we can all get caught out by a wind and waves at any time so I would do what I always do in such situations.

Stay on the island until I was happy to return.

I know from experience ..in my area at any rate.. that the wind often gets a bit stronger at the turn of the tides. If the weather forecast before I left was predicted as good.... (I wouldn’t go in the first instance if it wasn’t predicted as good) and the wind got up at the turn of the tide.. I could hope the wind will drop again after the tide change and allow a safe passage home. If not.. generally the wind drops in the evening or early morning ..so I would wait it out on land. It would not be the first time I have been stranded for a day or more. I go prepared for that too.. IMO .. it is all part of the process of small boating to remote places.

I would also listen to weather forecasts on VHF so would hopefully know what to expect. I would probably ask another boater to inform my family of my plans to stay put if I could not contact them.


If I get caught mid sea in a chop that makes me feel uncomfortable.. and that can happen just as easy .. I will turn and travel in the direction most stable for the boat I am in.. example..my hardshell can take a fair pounding going into the waves rather than taking them on the stern. If that meant head back to the island..and sitting it out .. I would have no hesitation doing it.

I have no formal training on small boats...so this may not be the correct answer..but I do have a lot of personal experience.. and I would and do ... do this anytime the situation arises. Missing a day from work.. is nothing compared to risking a dodgy sea.

IMO ..Those that get “creative” are the ones who end up in trouble. You don’t get creative with the sea..it is not interested.
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IMO ..Those that get “creative” are the ones who end up in trouble. You don’t get creative with the sea..it is not interested.
Fully agree.

Sit it out and enjoy your boating. However Willks idea does sound inviting - depends on your experience and the size of boat of course.
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IMO ..Those that get “creative” are the ones who end up in trouble. You don’t get creative with the sea..it is not interested.
That's possbily quote of the week there

FWIW, I've done willk's suggestion(ish), but followed a ferry in F8 in my SR4. It was better, but not nice. It wasn't dangerous to make the trip without though, just bloody uncomfortable. I wouldn't have followed a cruiser.Not enough wake.
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Ahhh there you are Willk... wondered where you had got too ?

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There's a bit of drift on this thread. Loco is going somewhere with this

He has a 4m ish SIB with a 30hp engine. He is talking about an uncomfortable "chop", probably a stiff onshore breeze in the afternoon, not a F8. Chop is a term widely used on here, but I know from having different people describe surrounding seas to me as "choppy" that it can mean a wide range of conditions...

When driving larger RIBs, I've often had 4m RIBs and SIBs follow my wake to avail of the smoother water. I don't like it, but "needs must when the devil drives".
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Get tucked in behind a cruiser and follow it's wake home?
Im following the cruiser home to as long as I can keep up with it.
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