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Old 04 January 2010, 16:45   #11
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Old 05 January 2010, 03:00   #12
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if you trust your boat and it's well maintained i still would have gone, there is always a chance of something breaking, but people would know you were coming and going, still had hand held and mobile plus shipping lane. it's difficult because everybody has a different mindset about there boat and long passages, my boat is set up for long range stuff and i'll jump in it, just like a car and go anywhere, other boats are just for coastal stuff, i remember talking to alan priddy one day about his round the world in a rib, he said you can sea trail your boat all you like but something will break when you least expect it, but think of how many hours you're boats done without missing a beat and covert that to sea miles, mines done over 1000hrs, even at half speed that is over 20,000 sea miles, your 4 hour hop would be a no brainer for me
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Old 05 January 2010, 03:07   #13
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For me I'd be back in harbour - mainly due to the temperature this time of year and the forecast F9. Things 'probably ' would be OK - but if you had gone in , climbed back in the boat the cold gets to you very very quickly etc etc.

Mind you if you dont do a radio check you would never have known anyway !
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Old 05 January 2010, 03:24   #14
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.... think of how many hours you're boats done without missing a beat and covert that to sea miles, mines done over 1000hrs, even at half speed that is over 20,000 sea miles, your 4 hour hop would be a no brainer for me
A no brainer indeed Biff mate, it is just that my no-brain said take a plane.

Since buying Dizzy in May we have put 1000 miles on her, she is a great boat and I have faith; but as Blackroady said the water is less than 10C at the moment and that makes for a long time in the cold waiting for a coaster to swing by.

My experience of handhelds is not great, I have an outstanding Standard Horizon which I use every day but there was a time when I was 6 miles off the south coast trying and failing to call Solent CG.

I guess the conclusion I am heading for here is that single handed, in winter, through open water, a working and checked fixed set is a critical element.

Having a PLB, or any other "send helicopter here" button would help of course.
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that's the difference in boats and mindset in a nutshell, where i have spare clothes and tpa's even a clothes dryer, (engine runs at 80 degrees, lay the clothes on and done), going over the side is horrible but standing in my engine bay afterwards is lovely, people just think differently about situations, can you emagine christopher columbis having this discussion
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