I bit the bullet with accomodation and allocated funds to do it. True what you say about short notice cancellations due to weather etc but I have been pretty successful at getting 24 hr notice - no charge cancellation bookings.
I had the most trouble at Kilmore Quay, but have got a B and B sorted now for the two times we visit there. The changes of stops have been frustrating, and I find the start location and its limited accommodation unusual as a choice.
I figured that the days will be hard enough and the thought of a tent if weather isnt great would be a little too punishing for me personally, it is supposed to be fun after all. However, I do realise that budget is an issue and if you are looking to save money when you can then camping in the good weather is a great idea.
If anyone wants to know where I booked and how much it was, am happy to supply a list if you PM me (thank goodness for Trip Advisor ..lol some of the reviews are priceless).
Kieron at Rib Shop has my boat at the moment, I had several jobs to be done and no time as work is really busy at the moment. He is rewiring, fitting some new electronics for me, Garmin 750, Icom 500 AIS, doing some work with some modular seat fixings, sorting some drain plug issues and tackling my smashed to pieces bilge pump !
Having some serious thought about a suspension seat but very hard to justify the cost. Interested to hear what those who have already fitted and used them think about that 5 or 6 inches of travel as opposed to regular jockey seat?? Trev - if you dont mind me asking, how much were the Coastal pro seats? I will pick the boat back up at the end of May and will do a couple of shake down runs... Maybe Newcastle - Berwick and a Newcastle - Whitby. Wont be able to make Easdale sadly.
I ordered my set of paper charts, still got new flare pack to get, as mine expired last november, pick up a few new ropes, and get a service on my trailer.
Not sure about the fuel tank situation - the Rib has a 200 litre tank already, more concerned about whether I need a portable plastic tank of some size to get fuel transported to the boat. If I got one, only have one location to keep it, and dimensions are not standard - 390mm high, 220mm wide, and 710mm long - cant see anything standard that works for that size hole. Once that resolved then I think I am set.