Well I must say I am used to helming a big boat with all the luxuries and comfort, but yesterday I had a full day armed with 50ltrs of fuel in my baby 4mtr Searider, well what an eye opener, all I can say is that it was FANTASTIC
I am still getting used to baby boats and their limitations, I am very safety conscious as well, but I must say I am extremely impressed with the handling on the Searider, it performed flawlessly in F5 gusting 6 yesterday in the Solent, it did take a lot of concentration, more not to get passengers wet, in order to slalom my way through the sea but a great first full day out
My only concern is what to do with all the lifejackets when going ashore, I stayed at marinas and left them in the office but something to think about for future escapades where I will be in a non marina environment, any ideas would be gratefully received bearing in mind it is a tiny boat.
So, for anyone wanting to get into boating I can thoroughly recommend small boats as long as you respect the elements, they are superb fun and don't need to cost a fortune (unless you are daft enough to bling one up
), but please do ensure you have the correct safety gear, the sea/water can be a dangerous place and needs respect