Where (in the forum) do you talk about adventures and generally enthuse is it in this bit? We are collecting our boat in Southampton and taking it to Eastbourne by sea tomorrow morning. I am so excited, I only even viewed it on Monday for the first time! Buying has been fun but a lot of miles from London.
I have limited experience and I didn't think a long journey incorporating the Solent in Cowes week was an ideal time to go solo so we have 2 pilots, and I have spent all week plotting looking at channels and bouys and piloting notes, spoke to a few instructors in the area, I am coming out "between the forts" good news is tide is a good size and high when I am travelling so lots of clear water. However, it is so hard! I am sure there should be a program that doesn't just draw lines on maps but does "optimal" courses based on current and tide. And of course whatever I end up doing will nto be the same as I planned, but still. Where do I go to find out if there is an area being restricted tomorrow for a submarine training exercise? A lot of questions to answer...
My aim is to make it with me at the helm but I will immediately hand over if safety dicatates, and then once on the long reaches (whatever the rib word is for that) to share the workload too.
I have done Level 2, I have all the the gear, one pilot is local and very experienced, I know we are safe the thrill is I am still doing it myself and also of playing in my new boat, with my wife who loves boats probably more than me. It is a rib by the way 8m 2 x 200hp so quite fast but I am going to run it quite slowly to see if I might avoid filling up en route. I have the impression it might add a lot of time to have to pull into Brighton for petrol, I know if there are boats in front of you they take ages to fill??
Anyway I will share some pics I guess that goes under photos and happy to share my experience too, I suppose you all say "see you on the water"