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Old 22 January 2017, 14:07   #1
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New guy in Staffordshire

Hi I'm Gary and new to all this. I'm about to buy an inflatable 2.6m sib with 5 hp outboard. I'll be asking lots of questions sorry
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Old 22 January 2017, 14:10   #2
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I have a motorhome so will be looking where I can camp and launch for a weekend . Also anyone know anywhere near Stoke on Trent I can take the boat for a play ? Lake river canal anything really
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Old 22 January 2017, 14:49   #3
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welcome aboard gazza stoke is miles from me so I haven't a clue but I'm sure someone closer will be along shortly
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Old 22 January 2017, 15:10   #4
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Welcome, The nearest lake will be Chasewater near Cannock. The nearest river will be the Weaver at Northwich or the Trent at Burton on Trent or the Severn at Shrewsbury. The nearest canal is probably 2 miles from your front door.
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Welcome Gary. As Sutty says above for nearby inland waterways ( I guess licence fees will be applicable?)... and I'd say north Wales if you want the coast?? Outfit is a little small for the inexperienced on open sea though.

Dip a toe in with this outfit though and take advantage of the experience on here... then consider an upgrade if you take to it.

We've had a SIB for years but last year we seriously thought about a motorhome as a way of expanding our sibbing opportunities. So far though we've hung onto our money to consider it a bit more.
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Old 23 January 2017, 02:27   #6
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hi gazza, as stated already your boat is on the small size, but of course you cant go too much bigger if carrying it around in a motorhome, so like everyone you make the best of what you have. what is certain however is that you will have lots of fun in it. when looking for cruising grounds, choose places with really interesting rocky shorelines to explore rather than featureless long sandy beaches, this way you wont get bored and you will be the one who has the advantage as larger boats wont be able to do what you can with yours. anglesey is the perfect destination for this, though of course when on the sea you need to do some homework on tides etc.
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have a look at the Gurnard's posts, he's had some epic cruises in his sibs you can launch on the River Dee at Sandy Lane just outside Chester
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Old 23 January 2017, 07:39   #8
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Many thanks all. Just found out you can park a motorhome at Shrewsbury show ground for 15 with elec or 10 without and they have a free to use slipway onto the river Trent if your staying there
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Old 23 January 2017, 08:33   #9
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gazza before you buy have a look at takakat katamaran they perform really well with small hp engines, air deck i think they are 3.5m, flat deck very stable they also do a SIB if thats what you want but for a bit of performance might be worth considering.
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Gazza, the River Trent does not go through Shrewsbury, do you mean the River Severn?
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Welcome, The nearest lake will be Chasewater near Cannock. The nearest river will be the Weaver at Northwich or the Trent at Burton on Trent or the Severn at Shrewsbury. The nearest canal is probably 2 miles from your front door.


I'm pretty sure Chase water is for ski boats and the sailing club only
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Old 23 January 2017, 12:53   #12
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Gazza, the River Trent does not go through Shrewsbury, do you mean the River Severn?
You see you spotted today's deliberate mistake ha ha that's what you get when you spend hours googling rivers
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have a look at the Gurnard's posts, he's had some epic cruises in his sibs you can launch on the River Dee at Sandy Lane just outside Chester
Wow thanks for that love Gunards trips
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Old 23 January 2017, 13:17   #14
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Shard low marina near Derby have a camping area and say it's 5 to use their slip
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