We're just some paperwork away from having a 1/4 share of a 6.5m/150hp RIB with ribshackmarine out of Southampton (though we'll be usually be taking the boat at Cobb's Quay in Hamworthy).
Apart from a week in the south of France, my ICC level 2 hasn't seen the water. I don't think it's possible to underestimate my nautical skills here.
We're thinking about being able to venture as far west as Weymouth, or as far east as IOW. I would *definitely* describe us as the cruising type, rather than racers or anything silly. I've not done any night boating at all, so we are restricted in how far we could really go in a day.
Are there any specific hazards to watch out for in these waters? (e.g. poole harbour being an average depth of 18 inches is a good one...;^)
Best restaurants for a family of four (two kids 11&12)?
Best sights? Are there boat-only sights? When visiting IOW, is there public transport to be able to get around and see things?
Any advice on best places to buy supplies (lifejackets, charts, floats for keys, etc)?