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Old 09 September 2004, 04:55   #11
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..Dave Manning here. Andy, do you wear two condoms ?
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Old 09 September 2004, 04:56   #12
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That depends on the girl and how much beer I have had!
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Old 09 September 2004, 05:00   #13
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Well said, Graeme, you know you can be very sensible when you want to be, and I have awarded you a greenie in recognition of the fact.

Boatster, you may be interested to know that one of Ribnet's more intrepid members, one David Manning, once crossed the Irish Sea, a distance of some 70 miles and not known for its calm waters, in a 4m Avon Searider. Vicious rumours circulated that he'd attached his bow line to the stern of the Irish Ferries fast catamaran, but these were later proved unfounded. 4m RIBs also completed a circumnavigation of the British Isles a couple of years ago, all of which does show what can be achieved in small RIBs. As MeMe says, you just have to slow down a bit more than the bigger boys.

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Old 09 September 2004, 05:02   #14
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And don't forget Keith Hart's intrepid adventures in his SIB! SIB Expedition - Live Newscast
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Old 09 September 2004, 05:03   #15
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That'll be Keith (I've got a REALLY small one, but by God I know what to do with it) Hart.
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Old 09 September 2004, 10:03   #16
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Boatster

Trust me.

I've done bags of motoring in poor conditions this year in a boat with a mid V Hull of only 3.6 meters in length.

What I found was that the boat could do it only it got very slow when the waves picked up. Also I got very wet and sometimes would have 4 inches of water inside if I got two waves in quick succession in the boat. Luckily I had an electric bilge pump.

By slow I mean I was stuck to about 5 mph. It took ages to go anywhere but I got there in the end.

If your confident you can do it then give it a go. Best bet would be to go along with another boat though.

If you are happy with the servicability of your boat then give it a go.

Best of luck let us all know how you got on.

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4m RIBs also completed a circumnavigation of the British Isles a couple of years ago, all of which does show what can be achieved in small RIBs. As MeMe says, you just have to slow down a bit more than the bigger boys.

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Point of order Mr Davies, most of the RB4 RiBS were nearer 5m. The 4m Searider that entered retired on the first day. Their problem (apart from a crew injury) was mainly the amount of kit they had to carry overloaded the boat!

That being said, big things can be done in small boats if you are sensible and go out in the right conditions. I am damn sure that going offshore california probably doesn't need so much in the way of thermals as going offshore UK!!

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Old 09 September 2004, 10:33   #18
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Yes, they mentioned on the video that Seal's engine had been swamped on the first day - pity, I'd love to have seen how it fared compared to the Ribcraft 4.8's. I guess that 0.8m does make a noticeable difference.

As a matter of interest, Alan, how does a 4.8m RIB compare to say a 5.5m in terms of seaworthiness and having to slow down in rough seas etc.?
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Thanks a bunch guys. I am typically a very safety minded person. I will definitely take some time to understand my boat in nearshore conditions before heading on any long trips. I just wasn't sure if it was considered suicidal to go offshore in a boat like mine. Would I be wise to get an electrical bilge pump? Thanks again.

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It's the "Forums" pleaseure.....

....in fact from such questions we all learn a little.
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