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Old 08 March 2012, 12:40   #1
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New ribster from Bucks

Just to introduce myself as a new ribster, having just bought an Avon 560 with a Yam 100 4-stroke. I have done a lot of rag-and-stick boating over the years, but 40+ knots is a bit new to me! At the moment, I am just looking for some good family days out with wife and teenage son. Might try ringos etc later.



I have lots of questions. I live about as far away for the sea as you can, in rural Bucks. I intend to tow the boat to the Solent, probably starting off launching it from Calshot. Is that a good starting place for a newbie?
I know the Solent quite well from my sailing, but I do not know which beaches, landing points and other good day out facilities are RIB-friendly any advice?



Finally is there anywhere reasonably cheap, and reasonably secure that I might be able to store my RIB during the summer to save me towing it down every time?
All advice gratefully received!
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Old 08 March 2012, 12:43   #2
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Finally is there anywhere reasonably cheap, and reasonably secure that I might be able to store my RIB during the summer to save me towing it down every time?
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Hi.

What sort of distance?
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Old 08 March 2012, 15:15   #3
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Well, I guess I'd consider anything within about 10 miles of a good launch site, or further if it was not too far off the route.
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Old 08 March 2012, 16:14   #4
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Calshot has a really good slip which is nice and wide and good at all states of tide and i think they also do storage but not sure how secure it is etc, you'd have to enquire. The only slight negative is its a bit exposed so you tend to get knocked around a bit by the wash from large cruisers. We bought a season ticket for Lymington last year which also has a decent slip but does get really busy and there's no hose to wash the rib off etc where as Calshot has a decent hose. I think we're going to buy a season ticket for calshot this year for this reason. Its also worth mentioning that the RNLI share the slip so i think you're supposed to keep to the sides but to be honest its that wide i can't see it ever being a problem.
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Calshot also does not have anywhere to moor alongside, no jetty etc just the ramp. Have a look at hythe marina further inland up Southampton water , well protected and is alongside the outside of the marina , also not such a long tow down, the calshot road can be a mare when busy
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Hi, welcome.

That is a great combination, Avon 5.6 and Yam 100. I and my family had many hours of fun in ours. Safe, stable, decent amount of room, enough power to tow two rings, skis, boards, etc.

Have fun,

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Hi guys,

Thanks for all the advice - I really appreciate it.

C2 RIBS - do you happen to know how much Hyth charge for a launch / recovery? Sounds like a good place for a first launch.

Oscarguitar - maybe I bought your old boat - I bought it from the guy in Cobbs Quay in Poole!
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Mine went to Holland in 2009 so I expect yours is a different one. Great combo though. You will have a lot of fun.
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The slip at Hythe is free, you just have to pay for parking. The only problem with Hythe is the slip is only good for about three quarters of the tidal range. We tend to use it if we're just going for a short trip up the Hamble but otherwise use calshot as its good for the entire tidal range, so one less thing to worry about! C2 is quite right there's no pontoon at calshot but there is a small pier with decent steps which is just as good in my opinion.
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Thanks for all of the advice.

A question for Oscarguitar - have you any idea how big the fuel tak was (assuming it is the built-in type), and how much fuel did it use per hour at cruising speed?
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