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Old 22 September 2006, 09:49   #1
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Boating In Winter

How do you amuse themselves in winter when its really choppy?? Is there a good lake or harbour to visit that is really flat and not choppy?? can someone please help me as id like to continue going out through the winter months but dont like da bumpy seas.

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Old 22 September 2006, 09:53   #2
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Theo, the solution is to drive faster, thus spending more time airborne, which smooths out the ride for a higher percentage of the time!

In all seriousness - try trailering the rib to places like southampton water (which is usually quite sheltered), Portsmouth, Chichester, Langstone or Poole Harbours, as they will benefit from less fetch on the waves, and a bit more shelter from the winds. Most of them do also have speed limits though.

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Old 23 September 2006, 09:32   #3
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Poole doesn't have a speed limit in winter (November onward) apart from in the quiet areas-where the limit is 6 knots all year round and is enforced too.

Q. If you don't like the bumpy seas why own a rib?!
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Old 25 September 2006, 08:35   #4
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Q. If you don't like the bumpy seas why own a rib?!

I must admit i agree with Nos4r2. Getting airborn is just the best.
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Old 25 September 2006, 16:39   #5
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High pressure - little wind but cold

Winter's great.

Often get high pressure, light winds, flat seas.

February on the Solent with bright sunshine, freezing temperatures and flat seas occurs more than most believe.

Keep an eye on the forecast and take advantage when you can.

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