As those of you along the south coast of the uk will be aware, there was a bit of a blow yesterday (Tuesday).
I took my rib (ribcraft 5.85 90hp mariner 4) from Portsmouth to Chi, which meant going into what was apparently (met office) a F7-8 for an hour and a half.
On the whole the trip was ok but I did get a couple of frights.
Twice I was knocked over on my side, it's hard to guage, but I'm sure it was *well* past 45 deg.
Coming over the spit at Chi (my reasons for being there are another story), I was caught beam-on by a *large* breaking wave: the boat was physically lifted up and surfed side-ways for what *seemed* like about 30 metres before slewing round to surf down the front of the wave. I had no control over any of this and it seemed to be a function of hull form and wave characteristics
I'm very new to ribbing (I'm really a sailor).
Those of you who have done anything like this...
How much can such a rib take? How much is it wise to push it?
Anyone know of any good books on ribbing?