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Old 03 August 2013, 11:05   #1
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HI guys,

I've been getting into kayaking and my mate and I have both the Sevylor inflatable K1 pointer kayak. We'd both like to kayak across the channel and wondered, one can we do it in inflatables, i guess yes? ANd two, I assume it's a legal requirement to have some support boat for health and safety?!

If so, would anyone be able to give advice on how to get a support boat, cheaper than 1000 per person?!

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Old 03 August 2013, 12:57   #2
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No legal requirement, but you'd be on the same level as this guy if you tried it unsupported in Sevylors or any other inflatable kayak.

It'll involve crossing the shipping lanes, so doing it without an AIS equipped support boat with you would be bonkers. You probably won't be heard of again if you try it.

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steve - welcome.

Have you been across the channel before in any boat? Mid Channel is not somewhere I would fancy in an inflatable Kayak. If you were lucky with the weather and good with your planning it could be OK - although other than to say you had done it I can't see why.

Nos may be right but the French are a bit funny with their rules. They basically see crazy brits crossing the channel as a liability and may not be keen to encourage it. You might want to read this for some of the challenges involved:

In The Bath: Conquering the Channel in a Piece of Plumbing - by Tim FitzHigham


Oh and in terms of support boat I would suggest there are a couple of criteria:

(1) Shelter. The poor bugger is going to be sitting there for a long time and if you need 'rescued' somewhere to shelter is going to be important.

(2) Happy at low speed. In theory any RIB will tick over all day long - but doing a few knots can be hard work and very fuel inefficient in some ribs.

(3) Have a reasonable turn of speed if required - either to get ashore for help or just if the weather means an abandoned attempt - you want to get home in a couple of hours.

(4) Have reliable engines / twins / good aux etc. You don't want to have to abandon an attempt 3/4 of the way because the engine is dodgy.

(5) Be flexible enough to go on the best day for you.

(6) Not be too smelly / fumey. If you are sitting downwind from it you don't want black smoke or 2 stroke wafting over you all day.

(7) Should seriously consider AIS and/or Radar.


Finally, if I was going to paddle it I would have thought some very good sea kayaks and appropriate safety kit, training etc would be a better investment that a support boat.
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If so, would anyone be able to give advice on how to get a support boat, cheaper than 1000 per person?!
Redthunder (on here) provides this very service. He's just under your budget - lol
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I wouldn't go to sea in an inflatable kayak they are okay for lakes.

If you are going to do it... do it in a proper kayak (s.i.n.k.)
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I wouldn't go to sea in an inflatable kayak they are okay for lakes.

If you are going to do it... do it in a proper kayak (s.i.n.k.)
Seen a few out around Fowey this week in some challenging conditions some without BA as well
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