Originally Posted by Cuboide
Hi all, I bought a 2.65m sib with a Tohatsu 3.5hp 4 strokes. I am in Southend on Sea and have yet to get the Sib wet. My idea is to inflate and launch from the shore at Thorpe Bay and venture to Mulberry Harbour for fishing.
Does anybody knows the area and how strong is the tide? Just to be sure if the 3.5hp will be fine out there. Thanks!
I think you will be fine to launch around Thorpe Bay as you can launch straight from the beach at +\- 2 hours vs high water assuming you can park on the esplanade and ferry your gear to the waters edge to set up.
You need to plan carefully as at LW springs the tide will go out as far as the Mulberry Harbour which is 1M from the shore and you need to ensure you leave with enough water and enough to get you back ashore!
I’d pick a day with light wind (F3 or less) as the estuary can get quite lively, and launch around 1 hour before HW to get a feel for your SIB and engine combo on its maiden voyage close
to shore. See how it handles and copes with the 3.5HP outboard and you can easily get back with good tide beneath you.
Welcome and hope this helps. Look forward to hearing how you get on i due course