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Old 02 May 2011, 19:29   #31
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Ref the VHF/buddy boat etc.Yes,you do need a buddy boat-but you sound more like you need a babysitter boat than a buddy boat.

Remember your buddy might have to rely on you rather than the other way round,and he (or you both) could be screwed if you're not carrying the right gear.
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Old 02 May 2011, 23:42   #32
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Guys,

I own the above boat and i'm considering taking it over to Alderney, departing from Weymouth. Have any of you got any experience doing this trip in this size boat. The outboard is a Suzuki 50...(petrol). I have limited experience and would be going in company with other like minded people. The trip has been organised by "Rib Squadron"....not sure if any of you have heard of them. They recently did an article in RibMagazine.
I have completed a couple of RYA courses and the organisers have told me that my boat is more than up to the job....what are your thoughts????
Apart from the courses what other boating experience do you have, how many hours / miles in this rib and in what weather conditions?
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Old 03 May 2011, 02:50   #33
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Daniel,

Thanks for your comments. I would have liked a fixed VHF but as good as the 4.8 is there is only limited space on the console so i went for the chart plotter and the handheld with DSC built in.
I have done a number of channel crossings in a variety of weather and light conditions, on one the boat I was with lost it's fixed VHF. Despite my urging to fix it, it was only a fuse, the skipper decided to press on (didn't know it was only a fuse at the time).

It was very easy to fall out of handheld range. I was able to call them on my fixed set, but all across the way they were in near silence.

Do not bank on their being hundreds of ships about, at times the channel is quite lonely!

If you really really cannot fit a fixed set then at least get a decent antenna on a pole at the transom, you can get a cheap adapter that allows your handheld to use the proper antenna.
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Old 03 May 2011, 04:00   #34
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To, NOS4r2,

Thanks for your comments, but i DON't need a babysitter. I have over a years experience and i will be the first to admit that isn't anything. I am still new to the world of Ribs and am merely wanting to extend my experience rather than getting bored taking my boat out out to the same place each weekend and coming in again.
My original post was with regards to like minded people's thoughts which i am very grateful for. I was told that these oganised trips cater for everyone's experience or lack of and boat size wasn't an issue due to the numbers going and everyone looks out for each other thereby lessening the risks involved. Perhaps to you i come accross as not having much confidence but i think the word is cautious. I won't take risks and to be honest haing read everyones comments, perhaps it is too soon for me to take the trip. Wanting to understand how these trip work and the buddy system is not wanting to be looked after like a baby!!
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Old 03 May 2011, 04:27   #35
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Phil, I dont think NOS meant to offend.

Babysitter boat is more of a term when a fleet of small boats travel with one or more larger boats for support.

We did it loads and loads in the early days with a group of 4.5-6.5m boats travelling with 9m cabin ribs, 10m scorpions that kind of thing.

Its the ultimate security for smaller boats and/or inexperienced on a long trip.The bigger boats have all the space for kit, can esily tow, a nice cabin to read charts on that kind of thing!!!

RIBnet seams to have been a good place for exactly these types of trip to come together over the years with plenty of larger RIB owners prepared to organise and cruise with the smaller ribs.
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Daniel,

Thanks for that....and apologies to NOS if that's what he was referring to.
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If you want to do it and the weather allows then go for it.

Ample fuel (you and the boat), warm clothing, good comms, good company. Job done.

It is just shame the Squadron are only stopping for lunch, Alderney is clearly the best of all the islands.
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LOL,

I'm sure it is...They all look beautiful to me and a far cry from North Devon. They don't need any Police officers out there do they??lol
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I'm sure it is...They all look beautiful to me and a far cry from North Devon. They don't need any Police officers out there do they??lol
Despite being a crime free island, Alderney is in the midst of changing Sergeants.
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