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Old 25 July 2014, 07:41   #1
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I'm so jealous of them all, I'd love to do this trip if time and allowed. Have fun guys!
I guess the idea appeals to lots of people here, who find "excuses" not to do it. For anyone who has your size of rib its perfectly doable with some planning and the costs aren't that high (for a typical employed, home owning, nice car driving, middle class RIBnetter) if you plan/save over time and share with a crew member etc - roughly 1k each?.

The reality though is that there are probably more enjoyable ways to spend that time/money - even on a RIB. Its an achievement for the boat, the crew and the engine to make it round - but really there's nothing stopping you if you'd love to do it.
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Old 25 July 2014, 10:08   #2
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I guess the idea appeals to lots of people here, who find "excuses" not to do it. For anyone who has your size of rib its perfectly doable with some planning and the costs aren't that high (for a typical employed, home owning, nice car driving, middle class RIBnetter) if you plan/save over time and share with a crew member etc - roughly 1k each?.

The reality though is that there are probably more enjoyable ways to spend that time/money - even on a RIB. Its an achievement for the boat, the crew and the engine to make it round - but really there's nothing stopping you if you'd love to do it.
Blimey Poly , isn't that a tad harsh ? I too would love to do a RB but individual circumstances are not always condusive ......However , I have just retired , and if a small group fancied a crack at it next year , I'd certainly be up for it ( as long as SHMBO gave me the OK.......! )
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Old 25 July 2014, 12:43   #3
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Good to hear guys

Poly, always a fan of your work ;-) yes I know the boat is good for it, and yes all things are possible, I've organised 4 Round Anglesey cruises against adversity, but the three limiting (but not excluding I accept) factors are:
1. 1k saved would be spent by the missus on a family holiday/home/kids
2. Being employed means it'd be hard to get the time to do it as hol's are limited and need to be booked in making weather windows difficult
3. My current navigational skills/experience aren't good enough IMHO

Have to put my mind to it I guess!

Wouldn't mind catching up with some of those who have done it though for some ideas of how difficult it would be logistically with a 2 smoke and how to plan. Particularly Gilles for obvious reasons.
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Blimey Poly , isn't that a tad harsh ..! )
Aye, but fair😄



.....sh1t happens.......
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Old 25 July 2014, 13:41   #5
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Blimey Poly , isn't that a tad harsh ? I too would love to do a RB but individual circumstances are not always condusive ......However , I have just retired , and if a small group fancied a crack at it next year , I'd certainly be up for it ( as long as SHMBO gave me the OK.......! )
It wasn't really meant to be harsh. Its was as much a reflection on why I haven't done it as pointing out to Paul that if he really wants to do it the only thing stopping him is himself.
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We are all entitled to an opinion but should never comment on something that they don't fully understand, money is just an excuse not to do something, does this sound familiar with anyone, ie, how can we afford that mortgage, or, bugger, pregnant, we can't afford if, any of you ? , it still happens though doesn't it.
Until you've done this trip you have no idea the joy, apprehension, elation, proudness, it can bring and I will defy anyone who tells me that are not a different person for doing it.
If everyone had the attitude that they have better things to do, spend there time on or money on, then we might possibly still think the earth was flat and we would fall off it over the horizon.
Exploring is in our blood/ DNA and my opinion is, if you've lost this passion, hankering to do this type of jaunt then you are a lesser person that you were designed to be
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what you talking about Biff, corse the earths flat next you'll be telling Father Christmas is a fat ol bloke in a frock
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Good to hear guys

Poly, always a fan of your work ;-)
Someone has to be I guess!!

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yes I know the boat is good for it, and yes all things are possible, I've organised 4 Round Anglesey cruises against adversity, but the three limiting (but not excluding I accept) factors are:
1. 1k saved would be spent by the missus on a family holiday/home/kids
True. BUT If you planned for this over the next 3 years, and aimed to save 1500 (inflation, extra boat upgrades, contingency plan for when the gearbox fails half way round and you need to get transport back and then take the trailer back up etc, replacing the VHF when you get bounced in the drink etc...) So 500 a year. Sounds a lot. Open a savings account and set it to move 10 a week and I'd bet you'd never notice! 2 a day at work - I could save by taking my own sandwiches instead of buying them at work! Not everyone is in my shoes - plenty of my staff couldn't afford to buy sandwiches every day. Plenty of my staff couldn't afford to own a RIB!
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2. Being employed means it'd be hard to get the time to do it as hol's are limited and need to be booked in making weather windows difficult
True. BUT planned in advance you would be able to take 2 weeks off. Thats the timescale these boys are running to. Now for me I'd want to do it in 6 weeks or more to savour the good bits... But these guys are working to a fixed time frame set a year in advance. I'd guess a bit of studying weather maps would reveal typically good weather windows. But always a risk. If you can do it without committing to accommodation bookings you would only waste the work holiday booking which of course you could do other things with...
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Really? I thought you were the expert on Cardinal Marks! Seriously is the nav that hard? Don't follow Willk's advice and just keep turning right...

On my 3 year plan you've got plenty time to swat up.

But what do you need to know...?
How to read a chart
How to plan a route including planning escape routes
Depth stuff for inshore work
Taking bearings etc for when the GPS pack up
Some skills like following a contour on a chart using the sounder may be handy but hardly critical
Some night skills in-case you get caught out would be sensible.
You can probably practice these skills round Anglesy without any issues
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I know I know, though 1500 is optimistic I'd have thought!

With dry suit, PLB, fuel, oil and accommodation if inclement it'd add up.

Will be PM Gilles after this trip certainly. I think a year or two of planning and prep and it's a possibility.

Biffer's words ring true...
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Blimey Poly , isn't that a tad harsh ? I too would love to do a RB but individual circumstances are not always condusive ......However , I have just retired , and if a small group fancied a crack at it next year , I'd certainly be up for it ( as long as SHMBO gave me the OK.......! )

I keep mentioning this to the mrs and she thinks I should stop talking and just do it so count me into your plans if you have any. ....
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