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Old 01 March 2008, 06:47   #1
Country: UK - England
Boat name: Just Looking
Make: Ribcraft
Length: 5m +
Engine: 140 Suzuki OB
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 59
My first season

Well have just completed my first year's Ribbing. Haven't done all bad (especially considering my nearset slipway is 140 miles away from home!). Thanks to all those I met up with on various travels and to those who posted great top tips - espeically the Alderney team last summer.

How was your first year?

Here was mine:

Total distance travelled - 1002nm

Furthest north - Oban
Furthest South - Alderney
Furthest West - Falmouth
Furthest East - Harwich

Qualifications Achieved

PB Level 2
PB Intermediate
PB Advanced
VHF Cert

Worst weather - Force 7 around the needles and force 8 in the Solent


All in all it was great fun. I was really looking forward to another year of the same when work will now take me overseas, combined with a busy job when I get back, combined with kids doing GCSEs led us to regrettably put the boat up for brokerage at Ribcraft

Looks like I will be going for bareboat charter on the few days I can get off, till things calm down again and I buy myeslf another (bigger) boat

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Old 01 March 2008, 11:22   #2
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Country: UK - Channel Islands
Town: jersey
Boat name: Martini II
Make: Arctic 28/FC470
Length: 8m +
Engine: twin 225Opti/50hp 2t
MMSI: 235067688
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 3,027
Thats a good 1st season all in all, many people would still be thinking about IOW for next year! Shame to have to get rid of such a lovely vessel, still like you say perfect excuse for upgrading to a bigger boat!

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Old 05 March 2008, 16:59   #3
Country: USA
Town: Marblehead
Boat name: Calypso
Make: Protector 28
Length: 8m +
Engine: 2x Verado 225
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 61
Looked up those places online, and that is some extensive Ribbing and trailering! Nice work. I too had my first season in a Ribcraft 5.85 last season. Did about the same in total nm travelled (1235), but mostly because I commuted to work 28 times (28 x 18 x 2 = 1008nm).

Never got too far from home, furthest was off Provincetown at about 42nm each way.

We don't have on-the-water courses like you guys have other there. I did take Seamanship and Navigation through the CG Aux, but it was largely review as I am what I think you would term a 'yottie'.

Worst weather by far was the Rib Rendez-Vous. I guess it was only a F5 or F6. All I know is that all sailboat racing was cancelled, and that the entire RIB was out of the water numerous times.

Hope to do some more distance trips this year. Also, picked up some lobster pots, and will work on the best way to pull those aboard.
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Old 07 March 2008, 03:25   #4
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Country: UK - England
Town: Rutland
Length: no boat
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 2,500

First year with the new rib

Total distance travelled 1040 ish miles

furthest north Resipol (Loch Sunart)
furthest south Eddystone lighthouse
furthest west Lands end
furthest east Blakeney point

Worst weather first time out after finishing the rib F 6 -7 at Wells next the Sea testing

Opti being serviced this week so ready to go again
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Old 07 March 2008, 11:35   #5
Country: UK - England
Town: Bristol
Make: Ribcraft
Length: 5m +
Engine: Yamaha
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 4,283
Just looking is a lovely boat, attention to detail is awesome!!
if i could justify it i might--------
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