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Old 01 March 2011, 18:21   #1
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What was your longest journey on the rib?

In the summer we did 120 miles non-stop on a 30ft cruiser in one day and I must admit it was quite tiring...

This summer I am thinking to use the rib on the same journey but not sure about the experience on the rib! Hence Asking this question:

Let's forget the refueling problem, What was the longest distance that you have managed to cruise on the rib non-stop?

Is 70-80mile (non-stop=> no place to moore; like in the middle of the sea where you don't even want to switch off your engines just in case it does not start up again!) something reasonable to think about in one day for a rib?

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Old 01 March 2011, 18:36   #2
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I hope Alan P doesn't reply to this one


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Old 01 March 2011, 20:57   #3
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several people have crossed oceans with ribs, and the world has been circumnavigated twice, so there really isn't a limit - here's where my voyage took me.....great fun....especially if you like RIBs!
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Old 02 March 2011, 01:09   #4
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I too have done 120nm in a day, in winter too. I would not be in a hurry to do that again.

I reckon 60nm is a good day's cruising, 80nm is starting to get hard and anything over needs careful thought. Though last season I did several trips of 70nm in a day, but with the all important stops - two or more in most cases.

Obviously it all depends on your boat and what you are used to.
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Old 02 March 2011, 01:09   #5
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i've been a fair way on a rib and a hardboat, all i would say is planning and a properly spec'd boat is the key
just looked again and in one day, same stuff applies, i've done fishgardi n wales to bangor northern ireland for fuel and then to oban in scotland in the same day in a rib, thats about 340 miles
done cowes /torquay powerboat race last year, didn't like that much
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Old 02 March 2011, 01:38   #6
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I do Rye to Southampton and back three or four times a year staying over night. A couple of the return journeys have been in complete darkness and one in thick fog and darkness the whole way. The fog was very weird and played tricks on your eyes... not doing that again in a hurry. Last trip a couple of weeks ago was force 4-5 both ways. Walking was an issue for both of us for a few days afterwards. Plus lots of bruises. The Radar made a bid for freedom and the life raft webbing straps snapped and that tried to leave the boat as well.

I assume that when you race it must really hurt over long distances!!
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Old 02 March 2011, 02:23   #7
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First long trip was Port Logan to Belfast and back, with break for fish and chips at Donaghadee. Around 75 miles in 4.7m RIB. that was far enough for me and with no sunscreen on a rare summers day it was a few days before the cooked salmon look disappeared.
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Old 02 March 2011, 02:31   #8
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Fal to Scillies, Dartmouth to Alderney. Both around 60Nm.
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Old 02 March 2011, 03:07   #9
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donegaldan took his pornseated 4m Searider from Greencastle (Eire) to Ardbeg Distillery on Islay and back in a day - over 80Nm.

He got a few odd looks at the pontoon in Port Ellen when asked where he hailed from
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Old 02 March 2011, 03:19   #10
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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.

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