Originally Posted by Steve509926
Hi and welcome, what sib & outboard have you gone for?
Have you checked if you can actually launch at Lulworth Cove?
We’ve been to lulworth cove a few times and there is a launching ramp there. Not sure of the cost, it’s very steep and our estate car won’t take a trailer anyway, so I wouldn’t be certain of the practicalities of that slipway - could easily see myself losing control and being dragged down on my bum lol.
But we’ve seen people inflate and launch on the beach itself with little 2.something metre dinghies and inflatable kayaks. My concern would be damaging the SIB inflating it on the rocky beach, but I’m reading through the forum posts on things like dollies, inflation and deflation practises etc.
We got the Tobin Sports one for £580. Seemed like a bargain and as a first time SIB, I didn’t want to risk it on a second-hand warranty-less boat - we don’t have the best luck when it comes to used vehicles!
Not bought an outboard yet - going to see what it’s like in the cove before spending more money, and there’s so much choice and range of costs out there it’s not going to be an instant decision on an engine.
Also factoring in doing an RYA PB2 which I think would be wise before doing any serious coastal cruising.