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Old 20 June 2002, 12:40   #1
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Round the Island (IOW) - did it happen?

I saw in an earlier post some people were planning a round IOW cruise in small (less than 5 M) ribs. This I believe was planned to coincide with the Ribex weekend. I am interested to hear how things went and in particular, how much fuel was used.

I have just brought my first rib and was wondering what sort of range I would get. The rib is 4.5 M and has a 40 HP 4stroke with a 5 gallon tank.

Also, what type of anchor do I need for my rib ?????
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Old 20 June 2002, 14:13   #2
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You might want to check out an article on the West Marine site about chosing the right anchor. I have a Danforth anchor with 2m of chain and 40m of rope.

How to select the right anchor

I have a similar sized RIB with a Mercury 60 2-stroke. I can get from Poole harbour to Durdle Door and back (40nm) on a tank of fuel (23litres/5gallons), crusing at about 30knots. I guess that works out at about 3.75gallons/hour.

I would expect much better fuel economy from a 4-stroke. I had a boat on the river thames with a 9.9HP 4-stroke. It ran for about 7 hours a day for 5 days on only 3 gallons of petrol.

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Old 20 June 2002, 14:43   #3
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Range on fuel

always difficult to try to determine, best thing to do is with spare tank of fuel on board just run dry......or run an exact smaller amount until you run dry ....with a handheld gps on board it will tell you exactly how far you have been

with your engine and weight should be able to cross the atlantic and back !

where do you use boat if based in reading ?
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Old 20 June 2002, 15:04   #4
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I live in Reading but will be using the boat in the solent mostly. I notice your interest as "pottering up the Hamble", sounds good to me.

I will use a spare 2 gallon tank I have this wekend and see how far I get. Must try not to thrash the engine to much though, but its so difficult when the kids are egging me on - faster dad, faster.
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Old 21 June 2002, 07:53   #5
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PJM

will be out this weekend so if you are about give me a call (dromedary) ther should be some others out as well.

John
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Old 21 June 2002, 10:55   #6
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Calling dromedary, dromedary, dromedary

I would like to call but I haven't got a VHF set yet. I did the VHF shourt range course last weekend, just waiting for the paperwork.

I will be in Cowes this weekend so if you see a rib with the distinctive Ribtec eyes on the front with wife and kids aboard give us a wave.

Since I brought the boat all I seem to do is shopping - does the spending ever end?
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Nope

A boat (even a RIB) is a whole in the water into which you poor money. Especially fuel if its a petrol one!

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Old 21 June 2002, 15:32   #8
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I live in Woking but keep boat near fareham, also am planning to get out Sunday

Have VHF on board but havnt got a clue how to use it !, technically I'm not supposed to use it but could be interesting to listen in on channel 16

Again look out for a yellow tubed Plancraft probably parked next to the nearest pub somewhere on the Hamble

Sheer stupidity itself, launch an expensive boat, potter 500 yards up river and go and have lunch ???

I'm begining to question my sanity
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