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Old 16 October 2006, 07:19   #1
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Horrible conditions

Went out for a blast yesterday in my nice much faster RIB. We never normally have easterly winds - the windspeed was about 30mph and the sea didn't look very rough - waves about 3 or 4 feet high and about the same apart.

Give me a westerly with 15' waves any day - it was horrible out there. Got soaked for the first time in my RIB - good fun though. Took 2 mates who are in the forces out for a spin - they had never been on anything smaller than a ferry before but they loved every minute of it.

Never seen such confused seas - how do you drive them when they are like that? It was really hard work and very tiring. Bit like the infamous solent chop I suppose?

Had great fun when we came back in - racing the jetskis and keeping up with them - bet we would have left them further out though!!!
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Old 16 October 2006, 07:32   #2
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I was out yesterday in the severn, went out from cardiff bay and had a spin around flatholm.
It was my first trip out in the ribtec and to say it was rougher than I expected would be an understatement. As we came out of the barrage we had to head into wind the first few waves were big and steep, on one the wind was keeping the hull up and I flashed back to that RNLI video of the rib flipping

When we were out in the estuary it was rough confused and wet, a real white knuckle ride -- great fun had by all
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Old 16 October 2006, 08:00   #3
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At least you can have a good play inside the bay - no speed limits thank God!!! If you find yourself in a situation where you need more weight up front just use mobile ballast - your passengers!!!
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Old 16 October 2006, 08:06   #4
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Went out for a blast yesterday in my nice much faster RIB. We never normally have easterly winds - the windspeed was about 30mph and the sea didn't look very rough - waves about 3 or 4 feet high and about the same apart.

Give me a westerly with 15' waves any day - it was horrible out there. Got soaked for the first time in my RIB - good fun though. Took 2 mates who are in the forces out for a spin - they had never been on anything smaller than a ferry before but they loved every minute of it.

Never seen such confused seas - how do you drive them when they are like that? It was really hard work and very tiring. Bit like the infamous solent chop I suppose?

Had great fun when we came back in - racing the jetskis and keeping up with them - bet we would have left them further out though!!!
Yep sounds just like the Solent!
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Old 16 October 2006, 08:10   #5
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yes, like the solent yesterday...
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Old 16 October 2006, 08:12   #6
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I was out yesterday in the severn, went out from cardiff bay and had a spin around flatholm.
It was my first trip out in the ribtec and to say it was rougher than I expected would be an understatement. As we came out of the barrage we had to head into wind the first few waves were big and steep, on one the wind was keeping the hull up and I flashed back to that RNLI video of the rib flipping

When we were out in the estuary it was rough confused and wet, a real white knuckle ride -- great fun had by all

yeah that video is well bad! - serious respect, I hate seas like that with the wind under the hull specially in a 4metre!!
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Old 16 October 2006, 08:24   #7
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"specially in a 4metre!! "

Dread to think what it would have been like in my searider, its got sit down seating and the waves would seem twice as big.
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corr yeah, sitting down would be even more mental !!
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