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Old 27 August 2006, 17:42   #11
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But the sheer Grin Factor wins the day for me, because that's why I got it, for fun. Nothing to beat it on a fine day, compared to something with a roof on its like the difference between riding a powerful bike and driving a saloon car
Thats what sold the RIB for me.
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Old 27 August 2006, 17:50   #12
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What about offsheore capabilities of a RIB? I know conditions will affect that and what not. How about calm day looks like a lake not a breath of wind, and no fog. No possibility of motor breaking down. How far from shore or how far of a distance would you be willing to travel?
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Old 27 August 2006, 18:21   #13
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What about offsheore capabilities of a RIB? I know conditions will affect that and what not. How about calm day looks like a lake not a breath of wind, and no fog. No possibility of motor breaking down. How far from shore or how far of a distance would you be willing to travel?
No possibility of motor breaking down? That's asking for trouble

From my point of view it really would depend on how many engines you have. I've just got a small aux engine to (hopefully) remove that element of doubt, though you'd not want to go a long way home on 6hp....

If you are solo with one engine, in my case "not far" as there's not a lot of rescue in this part of the world. More than one engine, and preferably more than one boat, as far as you like really? The restriction on mine (apart from sea conditions) would be the fuel capacity as it only has about 90L or so in the tank, I don't have secure storage on board for more than about 60L at the moment, and my old tech 2 stroke drinks more than George Best, I reckon running at WOT you'd near enough empty the main tank in about an hour, certainly not much more! Cruising at say 18-20kt I should think I'd get about four or five hours endurance which more or less tallies with the "about 1 litre per mile" rule of thumb I've seen quoted on here by many people. Running out of fuel would be a dumb thing to do

In conditions as you say (perfect sea conditions) there's really no restriction on anything is there? There was a post on here a month or two back about somebody who went across the Gulf of Mexico which I thought was amazing
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Old 27 August 2006, 18:27   #14
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Glad to hear that they are so seaworthy because I want to get one for here on the west coast and we have islands that are around 15 miles offshore and I would like something capable of reaching them.
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Old 27 August 2006, 18:39   #15
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Glad to hear that they are so seaworthy because I want to get one for here on the west coast and we have islands that are around 15 miles offshore and I would like something capable of reaching them.
That one was a wee bit bigger than 4.8m though

The original thread is here

500 miles - seriously impressive stuff
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Old 27 August 2006, 19:08   #16
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Theirs was a bit bigger than a 4.8m but Im not looking to take the boat 500 miles.
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Old 27 August 2006, 20:45   #17
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15 miles; must be talking about the Channels. A couple of guys on this board have done the San Pedro(?) to Catalina run.

A buddy of mine bought a Zodiac Pro 16 (15.5', PVC tubes) wih a Merc 60 4-stroke; think his price was somewhere a shade over $20K (about 3 years ago.)

Might think about looking used; you'll get a much better buy (assuming you can find what you're looking for.)

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Old 27 August 2006, 20:59   #18
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I would be looking to go to the Channel Islands. If you launch out of channel islands harbor it is about a 10 mile or so trip out. We just have such an unpredictable channel crossing that i want something that can handle it.
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10 miles from Ventura puts you at the frontside of Anacapa. Kind of depends on what you're going for, but the better diving is on the backside (conditions allowing, of course.) Makes for a triip of about 18 miles (according to a buddy who does it fairly often in his 17' Whaler. I never have. Yet.)

But, in any case, a 15' RIB would be fine for that if you pick your days (actually, you could get out more often than the Whaler, which pounds a lot in chop.) The limiting factor is likely to be how much of a beating your body will take, and how much you're willing to slow down, rather than how much the boat will handle.

You do have one advantage on that trip, as the islands themselves knock down a lot of the NW swell that is prevalent here on the left coast.

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Old 27 August 2006, 23:16   #20
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i know that this may open a can of worms but what about pvc tubes instead of the hypalon if your willing to keep it out of the sun and care for it? Just thoughts.
I would never again own a PVC boat. Had many seams fall apart on a PVC boat after almost 10 years of use . Lucky for me the seams failed on dry land. The boat was cleaned after each use, well maintained, and garage stored. I repaired that boat and sold it as soon as I could, and yes I told the new owner about the repairs. All my hypalon boats never failed me. Don't skimp on your choice of boat; it is you, mother nature, and a chunk of rubber floating in the Pacific!
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