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Too Windy

Post by SEMTEX » 01 Aug 2018, 23:45

Just a thought occurred to me , yeah I was shocked too :D

what does a Sib owner class as Too Windy to Launch ??

I own / use a Kayak but it still has Limitations in how strong a Wind you can Paddle in . In My Local Area ( the Humber Estuary ) depending on Direction 14mph is my limit for Paddling so was wondering what a Maximum would be to launch a Sib ? Is There a Rule of Thumb or is it Personal Preference at the time of Launch ?

as a Newbie to Sibs it will be a Long time before feel relaxed .

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Re: Too Windy

Post by The Hobbit » 02 Aug 2018, 05:36

Much of it is personal preference and dependant on the craft being used and how comfortable you want to be whilst out. For example, my T38 is a type C craft which is capable up to and including a Force 6 and wave height of up to 2 metres. That said you would be getting lobbed around whilst out and I wouldn't venture out in that. :thud However if I was out and the weather changed it would get me back in.

The decision has to be taken for the duration and not just at the launch time. There have been many lost boating days where the wind / weather is perfect at launch time but becomes worse an hour or so later so it has not been worth going out. The best way to gain confidence is to get out with others as the saying goes "safety in numbers". See the "events" page on the board index for any meets in your area or even create an event of your own. :drive :thumbsup
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Re: Too Windy

Post by Stray » 02 Aug 2018, 07:56

It a all depends on where and what you are doing, 10mph is my limit for fishing where I am.
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Re: Too Windy

Post by SEMTEX » 03 Aug 2018, 04:17

Thank you Andy and Stray for the replies , I have a lot to learn for Sibs so much appreciated .

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Re: Too Windy

Post by Mitch » 03 Aug 2018, 07:57

10 - 12mph is my limit for fishing but preferr lower, I don’t worry too much about gusts unless they are getting silly at that speed as Andy stated if it gets higher then the boat will bring you back ok. The other thing is wind & tide direction, if they are against each other then it’s going to be a rocky ride .

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Re: Too Windy

Post by Namibiafrank » 08 Aug 2018, 07:58

If XCWeather is blue it’s a good sign! :thumbsup

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Re: Too Windy

Post by The Hobbit » 08 Aug 2018, 08:07

SEMTEX wrote:
03 Aug 2018, 04:17
Thank you Andy and Stray for the replies , I have a lot to learn for Sibs so much appreciated .

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You are in the right place to learn Simon as I did. So much knowledge and experience in here.
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Re: Too Windy

Post by Jimbob » 11 Aug 2018, 18:59

SEMTEX wrote:
01 Aug 2018, 23:45
Just a thought occurred to me , yeah I was shocked too :D

what does a Sib owner class as Too Windy to Launch ??

I own / use a Kayak but it still has Limitations in how strong a Wind you can Paddle in . In My Local Area ( the Humber Estuary ) depending on Direction 14mph is my limit for Paddling so was wondering what a Maximum would be to launch a Sib ? Is There a Rule of Thumb or is it Personal Preference at the time of Launch ?

as a Newbie to Sibs it will be a Long time before feel relaxed .
Generally, 12 mph is the limit for me. Any more than that and it stops being a pleasurable experience.

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Re: Too Windy

Post by chris moody » 12 Aug 2018, 06:53

It will be dependent on the size and type of vessel. What may be fine for a F-Rib 460 will be too windy for a F-Rib 275.

As an example last Friday I was running a PB2 course. We were originally going to use a 6m rib. The forecast was pretty nasty on Friday and there was no way I would have gone outside the harbour in a 6m boat in that weather. Instead we took a 7.8m rib out and it was perfectly fine. So the actual vessel has a big bearing on at what point it becomes unsafe.

Another example was back in May. I was out on Loch Etive in a Honwave 3.2, and PaulB was out in his Honwave 3.8. I was taking a real battering on the return journey with wind over tide, where PaulB in his slightly bigger boat was having no problems at all.
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