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Old 27 June 2016, 06:21   #11
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yep christopher columbus stayed at home till he got level2
I think Chris mighta had a bit more experience than punting around on Loch Lomond...

Inishowen is my home water and some of it can be "interesting" - I'd strongly suggest that at least two of the following would be advisable:
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Old 27 June 2016, 06:35   #12
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I found PB2 very worthwhile doing, then sent my kids to do it too.
Having also done PB advanced, it struck me how much PB2 knowledge it build on.
Go for it!
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Old 27 June 2016, 07:33   #13
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yep christopher columbus stayed at home till he got level2 i think all thats required is a bit of common sense and if theres stuff your not sure off google and youtube
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Hoopedup - listen to the voice of experience ie what willk said

BTW "interesting" is another word for SCARY

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I think Chris mighta had a bit more experience than punting around on Loch Lomond...

Inishowen is my home water and some of it can be "interesting" - I'd strongly suggest that at least two of the following would be advisable:
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  2. Experience
  3. PBL2
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Old 27 June 2016, 07:51   #14
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I found PB2 very worthwhile doing, then sent my kids to do it too.
Having also done PB advanced, it struck me how much PB2 knowledge it build on.
Go for it!
After having forty years of experience and reading just about every book published I was pushed down the PB2 and Advanced PB for commercial endorsement. Approached it with a degree of contempt and you know what.......actually enjoyed doing it and still picked up some sound info and interesting alternatives to the way I did some things.
Sometimes experience alone just gets you good at doing things wrong.
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Old 27 June 2016, 08:24   #15
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My insurance required somebody in charge of the boat with either 50 hours boating experience (and be able to prove it) of have PBL2. PBL2 was much quicker, more informative and a good weekend to boot.

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Despite years of owning my own boats, when my kids joined the local sailing club, I was required to take PB2 to run the rescue rib, I learned stuff and enjoyed the course.
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Old 28 June 2016, 07:29   #17
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Hi Willk, where do you recommend going whenever I do take the boat over to Donegal?
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Old 28 June 2016, 07:47   #18
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Hi Willk, where do you recommend going whenever I do take the boat over to Donegal?
Where are you based in Donegal? Which town, I mean...
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I've got a holiday house in Culdaff.
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I've got a holiday house in Culdaff.
Nice area! The "harbour" at Bunagee is your obvious starting point - IIRC there's a really nice slip there? The east coast is relatively sheltered from the prevailing winds so you should get plenty of opportunity to get afloat. There are several other nice ports to begin trips to, from Malin to Moville. Indeed, once you get a feel for the boat, the Causeway Coast and Rathlin Island are only 20-35Nm away - easy on a nice day. Be aware that the coastline around there is not particularly well charted in parts and there are places with inshore rocks that will not all appear on a plotter. The area from Malin harbour (Portmor) around Malin Head to the west is an extremely unpredictable and potentially very dangerous stretch of water - I've had far worse trips through it than at the Corryvreckan. The same applies to Inishtrahull Island. The effects of wind over tide are very pronounced around it and there can be sudden and fierce overfalls.
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