Originally Posted by biffer
.... 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 10ºC 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.