Originally Posted by Xk59D
Gunard- The boat he is using has been converted to a proper helm with wheel etc.
Wish him well on journey.
Hi Xk59D..thanks for that info..I was going by the official website and the section called “The Boat” which shows a bog standard F Rib.
The Boat - The Round Britain Endeavour
Therefore if your info is correct..IMO ..that is a bit of a poor show from the guy..not updating his funding web site ? Not that customising the boat is an issue in my eyes..but its misleading to me who is considering putting my own donation to MacMillan’s through this challenge.
However..could you post a link to where you saw this info..as I would be interested in seeing photos of the actual boat he is using ?
For anyone doubting the boats capability.. I have had the smallest bog standard F-Rib 275 out in “Cat C” conditions ..( 2 meter waves up to Force 6 winds ) ... powered by my 6hp engine ..and it handles those conditions just fine. Im also heavily laden with camping gear for multi day trips as I continue my own quest to go round the west of Scotland in this small boat..so his boat should do it...assuming reasonable weather.
Im not sure of the benefits of a console and seat or even a 25hp engine in those types of conditions though ..as I can only go as fast as the following waves allow .. or displacement speeds heading into them..not for comfort sake but for safety sake..a small boat charging into a 2 meter wall of water at 25 knots is going to loose every time.. in my experience of small boats anyhoo.
For interest and info only...
Here are the mods to my wee Guppy.. yup ..I have made a couple ...a rear tarp to help keep the sea out the rear of the F Rib 275 ..and it also helps to keep my camping gear in the boat. The front canopy which helps keep spray out..but bigger waves will come under it ..so bailing is still a must.
And some sea condition photos to back up my claims of Cat C conditions in the Sound of Mull. Keeping in mind that seas never look as bad from photos .. that I can only risk the camera at certain times and not at the crux of the weather conditions..but hopefully you get the idea. So unless conditions get far worse than Cat C conditions..which is very possible.. the F Rib will have no problems in a heavy sea.. but I suspect..not as fast as the guy doing the challenge may think ?
Oh..and perhaps I should also add that my support boat on this leg ..paddled by my pensioner pall ..handles the conditions well as well..but he is certainly no Freya Hoffmeister..in either accomplishments..or looks
As mentioned previously..I wish the challenge every success and have posted this to hopefully help motivate through the troughs of such a challenge.
My own challenge is for enjoyment only..but Im lucky..I am not tied to any time table. ..Im too old for them..but still enjoy tide tables