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Old 20 September 2012, 11:04   #1
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Once we've fixed up our RIB, we're thinking of undertaking some more interesting passages, such as Gallions Reach to the Medway and potentially then exploring the various East Coast rivers around the Thames Estuary, maybe even heading down to Ramsgate.

What I'm worried about is the fact that we may not have the right boat for the job.

We have a 5.5m Humber Assult with a 60HP 2-stroke engine. We don't have seats for everyone, so currently one is at the helm, whilst 2 sit on the tubes.

In terms of safety equipment, we have (in date) flares, a VHF radio (sorting out the licensing as we speak) a life buoy and everyone wears an auto-inflating life jacket.

I have the regular Imray charts, although I guess they won't be much good on an unsheltered RIB! We also have a GPS and basic plotter.

We do not curretly have an auxilary engine, nor a windscreen (presumably this could be an issue with visibility in bigger sea states). Whilst we're not planning to go out in a Force 7, I'm just wondering if we're even capable of heading out at all with our current equipment.

In terms of the personel, there will be 2 of us with Day Skipper (sail, but I'd therefore like to think our navigation is okay at least!) and all 3 of us have PB Level 2.

What do people think, do we need more power, a bigger boat, proper seating or anything else I haven't considered?
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Old 20 September 2012, 12:00   #2
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The run down to the estuary is not too taxing,it can get a bit lively with wind over tide on the lower reaches and there can be some big commercials navigating but your main problem will probably be fuel , as there are limited options available, once round the corner and into the Medway it is a much more recreational river with some marinas that supply petrol, I keep a hard boat in Gillingham marina and worked on the tidal Thames for 15yrs so if I can help let me know.
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Old 20 September 2012, 12:06   #3
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Gillingham Marina may well become our new home base soon, largely due to the fact they have petrol and a fairly near, decent train link to London!

With that in mind, we have 1 x 25l, 1 x30l portable fuel tanks, plus 1 x 5l & 1 x 10l plastic fuel cans that we can fill to top up the main tanks if necessary.

I reckon we used to do our regular Kew -> Greenwich and back (before the speed limits came in) in around 2hours 30 and used up around 30-40l, assuming an average speed of about 15 knots.
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I think Gillingham is one of the best on the Medway, although Chatham has a good rep as well, both use lock systems unless like me you use the mud berth side (cheaper), the area has great cruising and unless it's blowing a strong Easterly you can always get out and play, 40oddmiles to Ramsgate then a short hop to Calais through the Tristram lock and into the canals then out into the Med from the canal du Midi.All that 'cos you came down to Gillingham.
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Haha yeah we would be looking at the Mud birth, the tidal basin at both Chatham and Gllingham costs more than we were planning to pay, Calais here we come ;-)
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Don't forget you can also go Norf ! Round to the Crouch ( perhaps Burnham ) or over to Brightlingsea and the Colne !

BIBOA often run an East Coast Cruise in May , out from Levington cruising the Orwell , Deben , Stour and Walton backwaters .
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I've bought myself the East Coast Pilot book as I was doing a Motor Cruiser Day Skipper course round that way this week, unfortunately due to a problem with the boat, I'm now at home typing this instead of doing the course :-(

Still, hopefully it will come in handy for the RIB.

The sights aside, is our spec/experience safe for heading out into the estuary/round to Ramsgate and/or further?
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I think you have answered your own question.........You do NOT have an adequate alternate means of propulsion .

If you could buddy up with a fellow ribster , you are vastly improving your " odds " .
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Yep makes sense, or alternatively, we could pick up a 10hp auxilary, I'm guessing we may be able to find an old 2-stroke (to keep the weight down) for around 500 ish (or is that too optomistic)?
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An auxiliary is good, but there are lots of boats with only one engine, a rigid maintenance plan and not making do can be just as effective , single engined aircraft don't carry a spare.
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