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Old 06 April 2014, 15:58   #11
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Old 06 April 2014, 16:01   #12
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Old 06 April 2014, 16:01   #13
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I so want to do an Alderney trip
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Ace. Do u take an aux engine when doing a trip?
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I so want to do an Alderney trip
An awesome trip There's only one campsite on Alderney and they do have fame tents that you can hire now. When we did this we all took our own camping kit, each

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Ace. Do u take an aux engine when doing a trip?
Never, for the long runs we go in company
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Never, for the long runs we go in company
There are some situations that an auxiliary will not get you out of, whereas another boat will.
As well as the safety factor, it also makes for a great social afterwards.
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I've Lymington to Alderney and back 3 times and Lymington to Guernsey and back one. Great fun! Always overnight in a B&B!!
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Solent to Brighton a long way???
I did dartmouth to Brighton in a day few months ago. Fab it was too, but oh I ached.

With a few years experience I've based my long distance cruising on a maximum of 150 miles in a day. This is in a well founded 6m + boat. Dartmouth to Brighton was just over this and I couldn't have done a 2nd day, lucky day 2 was only 80 miles then er?

The cabin RiB is different. I've done 200 miles in a day and didn't feel too bad. I think 300 (limit of her fuel range) would be too much, although I did find myself contemplating it recently for a delivery trip to keal.

Seriously though Solent to Brighton is a nice trip. You'll get there and back in a day in fair weather. Or overnight in the (rather expensive) hotel and back the next day in the shorter days of spring or if it's say over a F 3-4. Loads of places for lunch and loads of cheap B&B's in town (bus / taxi).

Richard B and I once went to Alderney for lunch. That trip sold me on the scorpion hull and it's still on my list of RIBs I want to own at some point.
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It's a great trip. Have done it many times. Normally go from Rye to Cowes and back the next day which is about 95 miles (mostly in a 6.5 redbay). The sea state when you exit the Solent can be a surprise as it doesn't need much of a SWesterly to make a big swell. The Loo passage needs care as at low tide there are breaking waves if you get in the wrong place.. As far as heading West on your way back from Brighton I recommend only doing it in very light winds as the Sw wind kicks up waves very close together and journey will painful!

What's the size of your boat? I would say you would be looking at 2.5/3 hours if you don't stop
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The PBR Round Ireland Challenge, in
August 2013, covered about 1,000 miles in 10 days. The 3rd leg, from Bangor to Killybegs was 175 miles, and took in excess of 12 hours.

Source: Power Boat &Rib magazine.
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