I posted a similar thread on YBW but was recommended here as the plan has changed and i hear you ribbers are much more hardy
I am 15 and this summer I was hoping to set off to solo circumnavigate Britain in my 23ft Sea Fox 230 WA. It soon became apparent that my boat was not suitable for this type of journey and would simply not stand up the battering of the north sea. I was hoping to pay for fuel and some basic safety features like a life-raft and beacon by getting sponsored. Naming the boat, for example
Ribnet , and having any amount of decals suck all over. along with a giant flag it would serve as a great advertising space and the sponsor would be the key play in setting the new record.
After realising the danger of taking this trip on in my Sea Fox it turned to the one boat I knew could get me home safely, a rib. As i am sure you all know a decent rib big enough for this trip is not cheap and selling the current boat would simply not cover the costs, nor would my parents (both into fishing) want a fast rib instead of their nice spacious Sea fox.
What do i need?
The trip as gone from needing a thousand or two in funding to whole new level but I am still holding out hope.
So in order for the trip to go ahead i need to be lent a Rib, the size is still up for debate, my thoughts are anything 7m+ to complete the jouney safely. i'd also need Fuel possibly paid for, Although it seems un-reasonable.
How am i planning to get it?
Firstly, I will be emailing ( and visiting locally ) Rib manufacturers. I am hoping the media attention and exposure would convince a company to get behind me. The trip would set new world record for youngest solo circumnavigation of the Uk, and if i had a Rib i am sure i could be the fastest under 18 to do it solo as well. (please correct me if i am wrong)
I have and are still Contacting the Uk's largest boat magazines asking about whether they would publish my story. two have currently expressed interest which I think is a good start.
The boat could be tarted up however the manufacturer sees fit, large flags and all the other well placed decals to get the brand name out.
I would like to raise money for charity while i am doing it, Both Cancer research ( my dad had cancer twice ) and Naomi House are charity's I'd like to help out. after seeing what two thousand raised by my school has done to help Naomi house it would be great to see what maybe even four could do!
If someone has had experience is raising money for charity and how it all works i'd really like some help. could i possibly do it via the website so there would be a running total? also is the money paid to me and then onto the charity or directly to the charity? if it is paid directly how do I keep track of what I have raised.
I am also hoping to maybe get a radio station involved to raise awareness of the task and help raise money for the chosen charity.
I'm no marketing expert so I am sure there is many other ways to use this opportunity to advertise, if anyone thinks of anyone a PM would mean all the world to me
If anyone knows someone that might be interested in funding or lending me a boat for the trip please give me a Pm, again it would help me out so much mainly as i know little about the company's not local to me (solent).
if you got this far, thank you for reading my lecture
i am looking for any advice regarding all of the above especially getting sponsored, that is after al what the entire trip is relying on.
Back onto a more interesting subject, the boat itself.
I'm not a big Ribber myself, all i know is you cant get livewells or oversized fish lockers
Well i know a little more than that i guess...
What Size, type, Layout, engine would you recommend for a journey like this? i think a fair amount of storage would be handy for spares, tools etc.
also i am thinking that the best engine size would be a comprimise with fuel efficiency (long journeys) and speed to recoup time lost when i get nice weather (touch wood
i will probably add and change as the plan develops, anything i change will be in red so you don't have to read the whole thing agian even though i'm sure you'd love to
Like I said any advice on sponsorship side or if it's even possible is vital at the moment and really helpful
Thank you in advance