Hi all. After a long and fruitless search to find a second hand boat that 'ticked' all the boxes, I have decided that the only way to get what I want is to order new... so I am in the process of ordering a new 650 Ocean from Malcolm Winsor.. . .
Obviously this means a wait before I am on the water (looking towards end Sept for delivery at least), so In the meantime I would like to further my boat-handling experience/training on ribs and am looking for a little advice on this.
Currently I have PB2 (which I did with Jimbo's school last year - excellent) and have had had a good many hours on the water in ribs since then. I also have Day-Skipper Sail and also Theory up to Yachtmaster Offshore and many years of experience in sailing craft.
My Quandry is.. if I take PB Intermediate is there going to be a lot of focus on navigation and theory rather than boat-handling. I would like to take advanced but again wonder what the mix is between navigation and actual boat-handling instruction. Also I seem to recall that the PB advanced courses tend not to run this time of year due to it getting dark too late.
I guess what I am looking for is more instruction on handling a rib in more challenging condtitons - heavier seas, effective use of power trim/trim tabs etc.
Can anyone advise whther it would make sense to take intermediate or should I go straight to advanced, does anyone have vacancies on any courses in the near future which may suit?