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Old 01 September 2008, 17:13   #11
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Originally Posted by paulodipoggio View Post
Then I suppose the dilemma is how to get the kids sailing in a few years when they've been brought up on motors!
I wouldn't worry too much about that. Just being out on the water in boats is great experience for the kids. Ours happily make the transition between ribs, canoes and are increasingly keen on sailing.

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Old 01 September 2008, 19:35   #12
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If this SR5.4 is of interest I'd contact 'Into the blue' as you may not have to stretch your budget too far


I'd recommend one Funny how I'm biased
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Old 02 September 2008, 15:27   #13
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Thanks Nasher
I hoped I might squeeze the currently small family into something shorter than my car?
It does look a decent boat though
What is the minimum size to be comfortable at say inshore Wales - maybe 1 mile off - island/bay hopping/sea lochs in Scotland?
Max wind F4 and fai forecast hopefully when we set out but both locations can build up/get choppy fairly quickly?
We won't do anything extreme given the wife and the age of the children, and I'd probably turn yellow too!
Then again if it was any windier they can forget their picnic I'm going windsurfing!


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Old 02 September 2008, 15:48   #14
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Thats a difficult question.

-It depends what you mean by comfortable.
-It depends which direction the wind is blowing (Offshore 1 mile fetch, on shore, 100s of miles fetch so bigger waves).
-It depends how long its been blowing, and what the weather has been like in the preceeding days which affect the swell.
-It depends if the tide is with or against the wind.
-There is more to comfort than length.

I would use most 4m ribs in those conditions but the family would depend on the actual waves/weather on the day. You would be much more comfortable on the 5.4m than a 4m. The engine on the SR is not exactly this year's model - but that gives you scope for improvement.
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