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Old 13 May 2004, 02:46   #11
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Hi Grand Master

You can have a LOT of fun in a small SIB, and at a reasonable cost. I know a chap who crossed The Pentland Firth in a 3.4m SIB with a 15 hp engine.

You should be able to get a 3m SIB and 8 hp engine for 1,500.00. Remember though that you will have to buy life jackets and proper clothing, and a hand held radio etc. These could easily add up to the cost of the boat.

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Old 13 May 2004, 03:59   #12
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I know a chap who crossed The Pentland Firth in a 3.4m SIB with a 15 hp engine.
I met him once. Stark staring raving mad unfortunately. And a serial housebreaker!

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Old 13 May 2004, 04:17   #13
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Thankyou all very much for your comments you have been more than helpfull

I may just hangfire for the min and put some more money aside.
Or buy something to "learn" in and progress from there.

I maybe able to push to 2K for the first instance if i cut back on other things like feeding my family etc

you may see me around here a lot more now gathering knowlege lol

Thanks again guys.

PS Anyone else here from manchester?
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Old 13 May 2004, 04:20   #14
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PS Anyone else here from manchester?
Have a look on the "members list" - there's a bunch from the north-west but they're a posh bunch (Cheshire I think )
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Old 13 May 2004, 05:33   #15
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they must have big ones then (boats that is)

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Old 13 May 2004, 07:32   #16
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Some have got 4.7 's with stripey seats others have got various boats. they tend to sail from Abersoch. I met em once and I apart from the fact they talk funny they are a great bunch of guys apart from David Manning, Ian, MeMe and particularly Jono Gorton.

A good way of introducing yourself to that not so Elite bunch is to maybe take a course at Jono's place cos they all seem to congregate in Abersoch.

The course is important because going to sea is all about coming back safely and the training and the proper safety equipment will help that to happen.
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A good way of introducing yourself to that not so Elite bunch is to maybe take a course at Jono's place
I don't think that it's complusory to buy your way into the group though!

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Old 13 May 2004, 07:34   #18
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RIB buying

You mentioned diving earlier which I'v done out of a 3m. Its perfectly possible but realistically you will only be able to get three divers with kit on board. Short trips you can add a cox but will probably only be able to chug out to where you want to go. If you fancy diving out of it you wont have room for anything but a tiller engine.

Even with three, kitting up is a real pain because of space, especially in a chop.

We, a group of 4, currently have a 4.5m and as we've all got older and fatter need to get a bigger one. You can buy ours (PLEASE!!), but is around the 3.5k mark. I'm afraid, for diving, size really does matter!l
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I don't think that it's complusory to buy your way into the group though!

No, its not. We even let scousers come out with us.

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P.S Rogue Wave. You're a nob. You drive about the Solent with bits falling off all your boats and then expect everyone to take your advice. Tut Tut.
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i hav'nt got that sort of cash lying around at the mo..

I was thinking more of two divers and someone to stay on the boat (not far out mind you but it beats swimming)

I 'm not after joining any "crew" as yet although training seems to be a must.

When you do VHF training are you assigned a callsign so to speak?
If not how would a coast guard know if your "legaly transmitting " or indeed who you are

I intend to get VHF and Powerboat training (just looking at websites now)

Any other tips you would care to give me would be great.
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