Originally Posted by sk8rpj
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