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Old 12 October 2013, 06:08   #31
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If you wanted the safest, most comfortable vessel to do this, say sub 32', what boat would you choose and why ?
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Old 12 October 2013, 13:13   #32
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If you wanted the safest, most comfortable vessel to do this, say sub 32', what boat would you choose and why ?
If you want comfort and safety try Fred Olsen. Any Rib with a decent deep v' hull
from a reputable builder will do, my personal preference would be Scorpion for class, Redbay for sea keeping,Ribeye/Ribquest/Humber for great hulls and reliability. But any Ribs with a proven track record should do the trick.
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Can I change the tack of the thread a bit ..... Never done anything like this. Just how tough would this be? 7.5m rib with shock seats planned from one of the best with 250 engine. What extremes would I face and who should I have in the team?
What are the risks?
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It will be physically demanding, but shouldn't be particularly tough. The legs are relatively short for this sort of cruise and your boat will be more than capable. You'll probably get some challenging weather for parts of the journey, but you'd be unlucky to get it all the way round.

Risks are pretty low unless you drive like a loon and get tipped out of the boat. Assuming you are adequately equipped then hypothermia is unlikely. Shock mitigating seats should help you avoid back injury, other than that you're only really looking at bumps and bruises and general soreness.

Some of it will be fun, a lot of it will be tedious, bits of it might be scary. You'll feel good when you've done it, and might even enjoy it at the time if you're lucky!
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In the current format, personal endurance is probably the tough bit. That sort of trip takes it's toll on the body and mind. Bring someone who has great fortitude and a sense of humour. Plan for days of just banging around in a boat - look very hard at clothing and personal comfort. If you can get someone to act as a shore team, then you will have a MUCH easier time of it.

Is your new boat a 7.5m or a 7.4m?
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As for who you should have on the team, try to find people who won't get on your nerves. The days will be quite long and you'll all be tired.

Depending on what skills you have then someone mechanically minded might be useful, as would someone with some navigation experience (for when the straight line on a plotter isn't the best route). A second skipper who you know you can rely on will take the pressure off you if things start to get tricky.

If you can talk someone into doing ground support that might be useful too. Having a runner with a van or car to carry spare kit, sort out accommodation and food, source obscure spare parts etc is always handy. The more independent you can be the better.
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If you wanted the safest, most comfortable vessel to do this, say sub 32', what boat would you choose and why ?

If money were no object I would have something along the lines of this beaut: Redbay
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It would not be much of a challegne in that redbay. The biggest changle would be getting fuel and paying for it

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It would not be much of a challegne in that redbay. The biggest changle would be getting fuel and paying for it

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Aint that the truth!!! I'm sure they would be happy to do a diesel version. I wonder if they could shoehorn a couple of those new Hyundia 250hp diesels in?
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Aint that the truth!!! I'm sure they would be happy to do a diesel version. I wonder if they could shoehorn a couple of those new Hyundia 250hp diesels in?
Yes, they say they can.
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