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Old 02 March 2011, 08:11   #21
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I don't think there is a single answer, it depends on several factors like:

- wind and sea conditions and the predictability of any change in that...
I agree.What you can tolerate will be down to comfort level. As an example, I did a trip last summer where the first leg was 115 miles. It took 4 hours at my cruising speed on a pretty flat sea; ate, had coffee, listened to music had lunch when I arrived, fueled the boat and moved on another 70ish miles...all easy. The return trip a few weeks later was entirely different... left after breakfast to an 45˚onshore F4 North easterly with a few days old easterly swell through it in thick mist. Moved offshore to about 5 miles to try to avoid reflected waves. Didn't work, seabed is shallow and humpy in the North Sea so had the most god awful, twisty turny, slammy, bumpy and disorienting trip ever, didn't see land again until arrival. Still only took the four hours but wasn't right for a number of days afterwards. Most folk think I'm not right anyway but that's a different issue....
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Old 02 March 2011, 09:14   #22
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Fal to Scillies, Dartmouth to Alderney. Both around 60Nm.
I'd towed mine for over 300 miles by then
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I'd towed mine for over 300 miles by then
...only counts if it was behind a 4m Searider
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Our longest trip last year in one go was around 80nm, factoring in one fuel stop since we'd already done 120nm on the tank since last fill, and although fairly tiring and hard since it was not exactly a calm day, I certainly did not suffer any ill effects, although I think GD may have had a sore back the following morning!

We wouldn't have any issue doing that sort of distance again, and when we return to Alderney over the next few years we will have no hesitation doing it in a single day, and that is ~86nm.
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i've been thinking about our round britain trip, we must have been loonies, would you do it again in something like we did ?
I think you spent more in fuel on the first leg than I did in the whole week!

Round Britain certainly changed my perception of what's a reasonable distance in a day. A few weeks after we got back I did Solent to Dartmouth and back in a weekend without even giving it a thought. After all it's only 120 or so miles each way, and we had done legs where the next waypoint was 200 miles.

Like JW and others have said though, a long trip in good conditions is a magnitude easier than a much shorter trip when the weather's against you.
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Went out for a spin around the islands (Skomer, Ramsey, South Bishop, Smalls, Grassholm, Skokholm) last summer and covered 90 nm in a very pleasant afternoon. Surprising how the miles clock up when you're having a larf at sea.
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Plymouth to Port Solent (twice) once in December and again in early March, first trip on my own and the second with extra's, who rembers ACTION MAN Wish i went on my own.
Have to watch out for Buoys too
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Mine is 110Nm around the Donegal coast, granted there were two stops for, um, refreshments, so perhap it doesn't count. Still, without that second batch of refreshments, it would have been only 100Nm

TBH, it was a nice relaxed trip and could have been pushed out a bit without any undue suffering.
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I think you spent more in fuel on the first leg than I did in the whole week!

Round Britain certainly changed my perception of what's a reasonable distance in a day. A few weeks after we got back I did Solent to Dartmouth and back in a weekend without even giving it a thought. After all it's only 120 or so miles each way, and we had done legs where the next waypoint was 200 miles.

Like JW and others have said though, a long trip in good conditions is a magnitude easier than a much shorter trip when the weather's against you.
John, a 9 mtr Zodiac Hurricane (aluminium hull, ex-French SF with out of date twin Evenrude 250, as you say lots and lots of fuel and I should know cos it was my responsibility however a perfect hull for the trip.

Biff says we grabed all the seats. I think he was better off leaning against the A frame The jockeys seats had no back rests. It was a nightmare to hold on all day especially on the East Coast section. But YES worth doing.
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seriously i would do it again as a cruise, stop where we wanted for extended days and site seeing, yes i would do it again
sounds like you two are planning a cruise... should be posting that in the cruise section
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