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Old 17 July 2018, 15:26   #1
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Getting to shore

With all the lovely beaches in Cornwall I am looking for info about how to get to them. Do I need to tow a SIB behind my RIB, anchor offshore and then use the SIB to get to the beach? What do others do? Any suggestions as to a suitable inflatable?
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Old 17 July 2018, 15:39   #2
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We used an air floor Avon Redstart on our first RIB years ago (which rolls away very nicely), and still use it as the tender on the sailing yacht when we're off on longer trips, hanging on davits or stowed away. On the sailing yacht I just pump it up with a foot pump in less than 5 mins, on the RIB I used to carry an LVM dinghy inflator which would fill it up in even less time. We never towed the Redstart behind the RIB, but just inflated/deflated as we needed, only took a couple of minutes each time.

Personally I'm a big fan of having an easily storable tender on any boat, be it in a RIB or larger vessel. The RIB you could anchor/moor just off the beach and swim/wade in, or potentially put it right on the beach in suitable conditions, but having a tender gives you more options and flexibility.
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Old 19 July 2018, 11:15   #3
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Thank you Paul. This is very useful info for me
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Old 19 July 2018, 11:18   #4
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I carry an ISUP, it takes up no space and is good fun to use.
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We've just started carrying a small SIB with an airfloor and a solid transom for just this purpose. It's actually really quick to inflate/deflate even with a footpump. Packs down into s package that's mebbe 1m x 0.5m x 0.4m (I'm guessing). We have loads of space behind the jockeys so we just lash it down with ratchet straps.
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Thanks Dan. What make is your SIB?
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We carry a tender to hit the beach, 2.4 zodiac with a torqeedo elec outboard ( no leaking fuel or oil ) . We store it on the boat deflated in a locker and as already pointed out very easy and quick to inflate. Recon we use the tender most weekends, very handy to have onboard
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Avon inflatable (Avon Redstart, Avon 8) are perfect for this type of job. Made if hypalon, they don't have a rigid transom or floor, so inflation is straight forward and rolls up after use. Don't even think about towing it.
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Here's my favourite technique - only works on a reasonably steep-shelving beach in an offshore breeze but damned cool and has everyone on the beach thinking "he's done that before.
* motor in, drop your people, BBQ, beers on the beach.
* Back off and pick your favoured anchoring point. Check the depth.
* Get your anchor out of the locker, tie your LONGEST line to the crown and rest the anchor on the bow tube.
* Really neatly flake out enough warp for the depth of water and make off your warp to your bow cleat / samson post.
* motor back into the beach straight into wind then engine off and up.
* Hop off onto the beach, not forgetting the ignition keys and remembering to look cool :-)
* Take your long-line with you and then give the boat a generous shove back out to sea
* When it gets to your anchoring point, give the long-line a tug, anchor falls off the bow, warp pays out and hey-presto - anchored!
* Belay your long line somewhere on the beach (Use your kedge anchor if you have one)
* When the BBQ's cold and the beer's run out, pull in the long-line, in comes the boat, hop aboard and off you go.
* Simples! :-)
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Thanks Dan. What make is your SIB?
I'm sorry to say I can't remember. I'll check next time we're down. It's pvc I think and quite light for its size. The problem with the Avon Redcrest for this application is that it's pretty heavy.
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