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Old 10 June 2008, 12:43   #1
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4m RIB owners..

I've just brought a small 4m 40hp EMS Pacific RIB and was wondering how far any of you have taken similar sized boats. I was thinking about heading over to the IOW but don't really want to push the limits too much. I'm at Hamble point, so right at the entrance to the Solent. Thinking maybe the island could be a bit risky, but i'm really not sure, only ever done it on bigger boats!

All thoughts welcome!

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Old 10 June 2008, 13:14   #2
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I've just brought a small 4m 40hp EMS Pacific RIB and was wondering how far any of you have taken similar sized boats. I was thinking about heading over to the IOW but don't really want to push the limits too much. I'm at Hamble point, so right at the entrance to the Solent. Thinking maybe the island could be a bit risky, but i'm really not sure, only ever done it on bigger boats!

All thoughts welcome!

Done it 100's of times in a 4m. Choose your weather; however if you don't get it right you should not be afraid to turn back. You will know when you get off Calshot. Go for it.
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Old 10 June 2008, 13:18   #3
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depends on the weather !!

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Ive just been to Arklow in Ireland in a 4.7m zodiac medline with a Yam 60 from Pwllheli in North Wales

160 miles round trip



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Old 10 June 2008, 16:31   #4
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Done Christchurch ( mudeford ) to Yarmouth & back a few times ( about 8 nm each way ) and thats round hurst whichis not nice unless you catch slack water ! As has been said just turn back if your not happy, but you should be fine if if gets nasty ( just slow down & hang on ).

Longest trips for me have been no drama even though the first 4 miles is not sheltered by the IOW - always seems much calmer 'inside' the solent !

Just make sure you're well set before you go ( radio/ lifejackets /enough petrol etc ) & you should be fine
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Old 10 June 2008, 17:10   #6
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Ive just been to Arklow in Ireland in a 4.7m zodiac medline with a Yam 60 from Pwllheli in North Wales

160 miles round trip



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And an excellent job you made of it - I wish I'd taken my 3.6m!
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Old 10 June 2008, 17:34   #7
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cheers Tim

now where did i put that aplication form for the round britain challange ?

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Nos famously took his 4M SR to Yarmouth on a day many bigger boats stayed in harbour or turned back.

Have a read of this to get an idea of what it survived.
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L4rry,

Last year I did about 45 Nautical miles on the Clyde in an SR4 / Suz 25. Rhu - Toward - Colintrive - Tighnabruach & back with a cross to Weymss bay to get the "sheltered" side of the firth. The section down the firth was well lumpy, the bit through the Kyles was almost flat. Took all day as the lumpy biots were not condusive to flat out motoring, but did inolve a stop at the cafe in Tinabruach for a large coffee & bacon roll!

As Nos says, if it gets lumpy just slow down a bit and you'll get through it - that's why ribs are so good!
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