Finally got out yesterday for the first time in the Searider having done the PB2 last week. Really enjoyed this and learnt more in 2 days pootling round a marina and out at sea than years of summer holidays driving the old man's ski boat in the med. As there was a problem with the rib we had to use the 28ft cruiser but this was a blessing in some ways as it was more a handful in the tide/wind and out in the moderate sea - school is giving us a half-day on the rib later as goodwill too. Cannot recommend the PB2 enough - hard to think people with no experience would go to sea without it.
We launched from Rye after deliberating about the suitability of the F4/5 and 5knt flood tide we were going into but by the time we went for it things had settled down a lot and the maiden trailer launch (and later recovery) was not too bad - learnt a few lessons for next time to make it less of a palaver!
Out to sea for an hour and in the limited time we had did a few MOB drills etc and a few blasts I can see why people go for ribs - seemd to just float over stuff the hard boats I've been used to would have crashed through.
Has a slight engine warning issue but popped that Q in the engine section of the forum.
Anyway, hopefully get some pics next time in all the excitement.