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Old 02 May 2011, 14:45   #11
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I did a Southampton to Alderney trip in a Ribcraft 5.45 (Along with a Searider 5.4?) Made sure it was the right weather window, and all went very well.
We had a 90 2 stroke Merc and filled up in Yarmouth before we made the crossing, we needed the 3rd 25 litre tank (but only just used about 5 litres out of it !)

Good luck, I'm sure youll have a great timte!
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Old 02 May 2011, 14:54   #12
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Hi Vandad,

My outboard is a 2010 Suzuki 4 stroke. Equipment wise i have a chart plotter and a handheld DSC Radio. I personally would never have even considered doing this trip but i have spoken to so many people that tell me the 4.8 is more than capable and all direct me to the fact that the round great britain were all completed in 5 meter Ribs.
The organiser has also told me he completed a trip all round Scotland on a Rib smaller than this. I fully understand your concerns re traffic and i guess my hope is that if doing it in a group it will to some degree be a bit more safer.
That all said i'm still nervous...LOL
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i would do it,The 4.8 is incredibly seaworthy.
enjoy the trip
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My outboard is a 2010 Suzuki 4 stroke.
It is an excellent outboard, so you should be OK.

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Equipment wise i have a chart plotter and a handheld DSC Radio.
Consider buying a Fixed VHF radio with a good Antenna.


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That all said i'm still nervous...LOL
Don't be! If you are doing it in a group, I am sure they can give you better advice. It is always good to think what could possibly go wrong and then what is needed to prevent it.

I think I should have corrected myself; as I sounded quite hopeless in my first post! It is an enjoyable journey, perhaps one of the longest that you may do and then once you feel more confident you may plan weekend trips to France with your Rib! This is what our colleagues used to do!

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Matt, i need yor confidence. lol
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I wouldn't tackle that trip without a fixed VHF.
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go for it

Hi, I dont say a lot on here now days but a few know i've a fair few RIB miles under my belt mostly in 5 & 6m RIBs.

I would be quite happy making that trip in your boat in favourable conditions, but 75li fuel minium and either a fixed VHF set (25w transmit power) or a buddy boat who I knew and trusted with a fixed VHF.

You will want a drysuit for sure.

2nd person on boat is nice, the less experience you have the more important this is. It would not bother me 10 years on, but in the early days a "crew" was great for reassurance, assistance tieing things down, swapping fuel, and company!!

Being part of a group adds a huge safety factor too, but bets to have all your own kit (flares, own route plan, etc etc)
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I wouldn't tackle that trip without a fixed VHF.
Why? I have used both, and as long as the hand held is well charged up I dont see any real difference, both are only anygood for line of sight, however with the ammount of trafic in the channel (which I actually see as a plus because somebody is alway nearby) you can always raise someone on the VHF........

And without wanting to put myself up to be shotdown....... we only had two handhelds when I went across..........
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Vandad,

You mention in the future about going places like France, so is there a reason whu you wouldn't do it in your boat now. I only ask as i'm interested about your comment you made in your last post about getting rid of your bigger rib to a smaller one but wouldn't take it that far.
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