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Old 09 May 2014, 10:14   #1
Country: UK - England
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Hi from Essex

Hi peeps, I've been lurking around the forum for the last few days picking up lots of useful info and I've pretty much decided to go for an air floor 3 - 4m SIB. I need some training as well as I've never been on a boat before. I've used VHF radios and have a basic understanding of first aid, via work, so I'm happy with that side of things. There is one thing I'd like to know, is it acceptable to pilot a 3.5m Sib from ardnamurchan to the isle of Coll? I used to stay up around that area as a kid during the summer holidays and I wouldn't mind going back for a look see.

Happy boating, Richard.

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Old 09 May 2014, 13:11   #2
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With the right training, equipment and weather conditions the trip over to the Isle would be fine. But conditions change very quickly up there, even a decent sized sib with good handling will struggle with waves over 10 or 20cms and you wouldnt want to be out with an exposed shore in anything over a F2 IMHO.

I would get some practice on the fantastic sheltered Lochs round there first and build up your confidence with training before you attempt an open passage.
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