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Old 07 April 2014, 13:41   #31
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Conditions,Weather,type of RIB,and Kit ect. have a MUCH larger bearing on ease of Passage(or otherwise) than mere distance IMO...
.Certainly what you have planned,in a decent reliable Craft with half decent Kit shouldn't be ANY problem at all in most circumstances

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Old 07 April 2014, 14:40   #32
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OK so if you are serious about this trip; then in addition to what people have said so far;

1. When leaving the solent, your first challenge is to decide between looe channel or pass south of the Owers - in anything below F4 and with Wind and Tide in the same direction, you can happily pass through looe -

2. Once you pass Selsey bill the next hazard is loads of lobster pots which may be encountered pretty much all the way to brighton! they are almost anywhere and I have not seen any credible source to give a definitive location for where they are mostly are (ANYONE HERE CAN ADVISE?)

3. As someone has mentioned, you should have a potential stoppage plan and Littlehampton is the best in case things went wrong - just check the tide and access etc.

4. The next and the last challenge is entering Brighton Marina - with a rib however you don't have this issue that much so despite the advice given to sailors in not entering Brighton in SE winds; with a Rib it's much safer - but again it can be a bit challenging if not familiar.

We couldn't pass through the Looe Channel and went all day down to Owers; having a Radar is a really good tool as it was quite foggy that day.....

Good luck - It's a nice trip with great view of the south coast.

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