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Old 01 September 2017, 13:50   #1
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New boat - advice needed

Posted this in introductions, but may be better here.

Did my offshore training last year, but still v much a novice.

We live in Penarth nr Cardiff, so well served with water. I'm looking for a boat that can do family (2 adults, 3 kids, dog) days out around Cardiff, perhaps across to Minehead, Devon etc. We are certainly NOT looking for speedy adventures on the water. Just picnics out. My wife will want safety and comfort first. Oh, and safety. Also, I'm definitely no Monty Hall.

So, why a RIB?

We also have a place on the quayside in Roundstone, near Clifden, County Galway, Ireland. I've spent 20 years watching families having fun in boats there and finally my youngest is old enough to join them. We go there for 3 weeks every summer, so it occurred that I should get a boat that could be easily trailered behind my Disco 4 from South Wales (a 12 hour journey).

From a family needs standpoint, I probably would benefit from a boat with a bit more shelter and deck space than a 7 foot RIB provides. A general boat (cuddy?) would be ideal. But, the wind blows up quickly on the Atlantic coast - even on the very tame coastal fairweather trips that we'd be taking. Hence thinking a decent RIB would be needed.

So, I'm looking at a RIB firstly for ease of towing and secondly for safety in Irish Atlantic waters (even though we'd be only sailing on the very best of days). I'm time poor and can't take on anything high maintenance. It needs to tow, launch, enjoy, rinse down and store in my car port at home. Of course regular servicing in Penarth to ensure reliability would be paramount.

So, am I thinking along the right lines? Or, am I mad? Advice would be appreciated.

Cheers,

Paul


P.S. I should add that budget is ~30k, but priority is the right boat (and trailer) and so would go higher if it meets the criteria of convenience, comfort and safety for family cruising.
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Old 01 September 2017, 17:33   #2
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Paul if you are time poor but cash rich save all the faffing about with towing the boat and have it in the dry stack in Cardiff marine village? They launch boat tie to pontoon and then you go off and have fun, return boat they pick it up and put away, saves trailer getting a dunking and ruining it between long tows to Ireland it's not cheap but it might help swing it with the family


30k is a great budget but can't help thinking a rib might not be ideal, it is ideal for a safe vessel to hoon about in and have lots of fun but (I'll get shot for this) there are other which may be more suited to family picnics and cruising......
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Great advice, HDAV. Here's the catch: I'm bought into the island hopping fun to be had in Connemara. But, was a bit underwhelmed by time spent in the Bristol Channel. Is there real fun to be had out of Cardiff Bay? I confess my driver for running a boat in Penarth was to gain experience for summer fun in Ireland. Will I catch the bug on Cardiff waters?
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I launch from porthcawl, a marina there too but no dry stack, I think you need to head west from Cardiff bay and over to Devon, ilfracombe, watchet for lunch is lovely, run down to oxwich and round to the work to see seals etc but the channel can change very quickly from calm and sunny to wet, choppy and limited visibility happen the other week went to ilfracombe in ok conditions left in what felt like a hailstorm and sub300m visibility

Small children and marginal partners may well not have been impressed, the ladies with us just pulled down the visors on their helmets put their gloves on and settled into a bumpy ride back we had 25 miles back to porthcawl Cardiff would have been closer to 50 and although it settled down not sure I would have enjoyed another hour plus at the helm....


Depends what you class as fun I guess, flat water gets boring unless you are going so,where specific you are just burning fuel......lots of fuel.....
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Yes: that's how I saw it out of The Bay. Hence, hesitation to invest too much cash in the Cardiff end of things (and thinking of a RIB on trailer). But, back to the boat. I have a wife and elder daughter who are very timid about the boat. My missus will happily drift around Cardiff Bay with a Martini. You run a RIB for your trips? What is the rationale for that? (Sorry for all the questions - nave noobie, I'm afraid.)
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Dry stack just makes it easier to get on the water when you do have time and the weather is right you still have trailer just less faff, boat lives in stack and when going to Ireland they will (probably for a fee) lift it onto trailer for you.

the bay you can launch anytime but getting out of the lock is restricted by the tide. The whole channel has that issue which is why I use porthcawl as it's the least restricted local launch.

Last time out I got to helm a 6.5m cobra which would be in your budget. Loaned by a generous club member (don't think he'll let me have it again, the vhf aerial snapped and the screen cracked in some heavy chop.....)
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Thanks, HDAV. I confess that I hadn't appreciated that Cardiff was compromised in that way. Again, great advice - thank you.
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Thanks, HDAV. I confess that I hadn't appreciated that Cardiff was compromised in that way. Again, great advice - thank you.
Paul
Double check but I don't launch there so is my under standing

"Under normal circumstances, for vessels with a draught of under 2.0m, full tidal access is possible. However, occasions will arise when siltation within the Outer Harbour will reduce access."

Might be ok then
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Screen cracked in heavy chop
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Screen cracked in heavy chop
Should have seen it the day before.... rolling 10ft plus now that was fun....
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