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Old 21 March 2007, 09:25   #11
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Natasha (8 y.o.) and I went out through Langstone entrance at around 10:30, 1/2 hour after high water. The tide was running strongly with us and therefore against the wind.
It was a bit lumpy in places. I took the inner passage through the barrier so was in 15 to 20 ft of water most of the way. We were quite comfortable at 15 - 20 kts. Natasha has got back into thinking the RIB will flip if we get the bow too high off a wave.
The waves were between 1.5 & 2 feet and about 20 - 25ft apart.
We met up with the Pompites and set off along Haslar wall at around 20 kts. Again the conditions were similar but the sea was a bit shorter. Nautibouy passed us like he was on glass.
From experience, I know that I would have been a smoother ride at 25-30kts but my 8 y.o. rev limiter cut in around 20 kts.
Natasha called a stop just before Gilkicker, and we turned back to Northney at a comfortable leisurely 18 kts.
Not anywhere near the Solent at its worst last Saturday, but not an easy ride along the mainland beach. I should imagine it got a bit smoother when out in deeper water and in the lea if the island.

As Robin says, Chi Bar and Hayling Bay can be quite a challenge.

Turning back was a good call with a nervous passenger.

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Old 21 March 2007, 15:39   #12
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If she is a nervous passenger maybe you should let her drive!!!

Seriously though I am terrified when I am in a passenger in anything. My mates daughter was a bit nervous in my Rib - until I let her use the throttle - she seemed to think WOT was it's only position!!!

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Old 21 March 2007, 16:13   #13
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Originally Posted by nik View Post
I posted this message on upcoming cruises, but so far have not had any replies.

I tried to get over to cowes yesterday from chichester around 1400ish.
It was quite lumpy and I could only seem to manage about 9 knots, I also had a nervous passenger.
I got a couple of miles out, decided it was going to take too long and gave it up.
I would like to know what kind of speeds you were able to manage.
Thanks, Nick.

PS. going over chichester bar, the depth sounder was reading 1.5 metres at times, which was a unnerving.
Having spent a few years transitting out of Chichester harbour I thoroughly understand where your coming from. My experience has always been that I will persevere and use all my skill to get me out to Chichester Bar. If I can't get to the bar because its too rough then obviously I give up but you usually find that once your past the bar it eases off a bit. If it doesn't then I turn back. Its just not worth all the pounding from Chi to the Forts. A little workaround if its high tide is to go North round Hayling Island and exit at langstone. Then you've only got a couple of miles to Pompey.

Chichester entrance and langstone, as is marked on the charts can be very bad. The RNLI stations are there for a reason.

Good areas to learn about playing in waves but not good areas for a beginner on a bad day.

With the wind on saturday I guess it was quite interesting.
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Old 21 March 2007, 18:44   #14
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I should have mentioned that we were in (West) Cowes hunting for some yachting boots. If you are happy with last year's stock, some of the boots in the shop that sells nautical boots & deck shoes (and not a lot else) were £50 off this year's price.

We had hoped to pay a visit to the Folley and perhaps meet a few RIBnetters but the wind was getting up and it seemed like a good idea to get back in daylight.
Maybe next time.

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Old 22 March 2007, 05:31   #15
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Originally Posted by codprawn View Post
If she is a nervous passenger maybe you should let her drive!!!

Seriously though I am terrified when I am in a passenger in anything. My mates daughter was a bit nervous in my Rib - until I let her use the throttle - she seemed to think WOT was it's only position!!!
I let my five year old pilot up the river hamble while I sat next to her and she kept nudging the throttle forward when she thought I wasn't looking and wouldn't notice.
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