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Old 18 July 2012, 19:10   #1
Country: UK - Isle of Man
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First long boat trip??

Hi Guys, I'm planning a trip from the Isle of Man to Whitehaven in a few weeks if the weather is good for a long weekend.

Has anyone done this before or in reverse, I will be doing it on a Osprey Eagle Rib, it has a older Mercury 135Hp 2 Stroke, but has never been trouble apart from plugs, just got a new Yamaha 2.5Hp spare to be on the safe side..

Any tips welcome as I have never venchered more than 10 miles from the coast before so looking forward to this :s

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Old 19 July 2012, 00:44   #2
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The only difference between a short trip & a long trip is planning & you've already started that Make sure you can carry enough fuel to cover the trip with spare, there's nothing worse than spending the journey worrying if you're going to run out of fuel, be confident. When you go out to sea, be prepared to stay out, clothing, food, water, fuel, reliable VHF (I carry 2). Let the coastguard know where you are going & your eta, report in when you get there. Check the weather for a few days before you go & see if it is following the forecast, don't be worried about cancelling, you'll live to fight another day. On the other hand don't be afraid of having a go & setting yourself a challenge. Most of all, enjoy the trip
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Old 19 July 2012, 02:55   #3
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Originally Posted by Pikey Dave
Make sure you can carry enough fuel to cover the trip with spare, there's nothing worse than spending the journey worrying if you're going to run out of fuel, be confident.
That's really good advice. A nagging doubt about having enough fuel can really take the edge off things and will male the whole experience much less enjoyable.

If you need to transfer from jerry cans mid trip then try to do it when things are going well. If you leave it until the engine comes to a spluttering halt the odds are it won't be at a convenient time!
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Old 19 July 2012, 05:30   #4
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just make sure youve covered basics on safety, let people know when your going, where heading for, when planned to arrive, carry main vhf fixed set, portable vhf clipped to life jacket, test vhf for signal, check over life jacket, flares, compass, chart, anchor, sea anchor, warn clothing, food, water, mobile phone, PLB is also a good idea, fuel, plan your trip and consider worse case sceanrios, spare fuses, spare fuel, patch repair for tubes, spare oil, and have fun
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Old 19 July 2012, 08:14   #5
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Extending your cruising and comfort zone is what Ribbing is all about.

Just to highlight the RNLI's top sea safety tips for those going out to sea:
  1. Wear a lifejacket
  2. Get relevant training
  3. Carry a means of calling for help
  4. Check engine and fuel
  5. Tell others where you are going
  6. Check weather and tides
In relation to No 5 do call in with the CG but more importantly leave your passage plan with someone you trust.

Finally why not invite a RNLI Sea Safety Advisor to visit you and give you free safety advice. Gordon Dickens is the Lifeboat Sea Safety Officer on the Isle and would be delighted to arrange a visit to you. Give me a PM if you want his number.

Have a safe and enjoyable trip

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