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Hi from the North East!

Postby Fishery Pokery » Wed May 31, 2017 9:26 pm

Hi from the North East everyone.

I have already benefited from your help but thought I would introduce myself.

I live in the North East and work as a gas engineer/ manager.

I am a angler and owning a sib is a means to getting to the fish far from the madding crowd for me (although I do enjoy exploring inaccessible bits of coastline).

I use www.worldseafishing.com a lot and have dipped in and out of ribnet as the sib bug has bitten.

I started with a very small Avon Redring(?) and an tiny, ancient painted unknown outboard.
It was carried to launch site in a wheelie bin.
The last time I launched it was from Boscastle and fished a rock stack they have there.
The fishing was great until it got lumpy and the engine stopped working so I had to row back in whilst remaining outwardly calm to my brother but bricking it inside.
I took a few years off from sibs following this.

Next I had a Zodiac and a Tohatsu 9.8hp which I was so proud of.
It had a wooden floor and I got sick of assembling it so I put it on a wooden top on a box trailer.
I took it to Teignmouth in Devon and inflated ready for the following days trip.
The next morning I found the whole floor of the boat had unglued from the tubes making the boat useless.
I believe the heat and tube expansion caused it, but following this I vowed only to have hypalon boats going forward.
I bought an Avon whilst there and used that for the week.

The Avon is an older black Typhoon S3.40 with aluminium floor.
I used this at home and did well from close inshore wrecks.
In the North East there are lots of wrecks and reefs within 1.5 miles from the shore.
I carried it permanently assembled on top of a box trailer with a ramp to the top, and I paid annually to launch from the local slipway.
A day out cost less than £10 in fuel and this was my favourite SIB.
I gathered more and more gadgets and safety equipment until I started wishing the boat was bigger.

Next I got a 4.8 ish meter wooden floored Avon on a trailer and able to take a 40hp engine.
I filled it with safety items and carried an 2.5hp aux, a 25hp mariner, 2 anchor setups, a stainless steel console I had made, a chart plotter, a 25w DSC radio, two fish finders, a light on a pole, live bait well and more fishing gear than I could ever use.
This boat was ok but had all the issues of a GRP boat (I.e wheel bearings failing after dunks) and few of the benefits of a sib.
I had also owned several older boats now and felt I spent more time maintaining them than using them.
I was now so busy at work and the thought of dragging a very heavy boat around was that onerous that I stopped sibbing for a couple more years.

I sold my engines when we moved house to free up funds and space.

I have decided to try again, with something that is lighter and easier to launch, able to launch for free off beaches, can be packed away without having a trailer on the drive and uses little fuel.
This is what I enjoyed about sibbing at the start but drifted away from with bigger and heavier boats.

I bought a 8hp 2 stroke mariner last year when I felt the yearning returning and after loads of reading I am now hoping to get a Honwave T38 inflatable floor to pair it with to start off.
I am treating myself to my first new boat as I am tired of patching and servicing valves and rebuilding floors and just want to be able to go, as I don't have enough free time as it is.
Plus the Honwave price doesn't seem too bad when you factor in all the work you end up doing on an older boat and the cost of all the glues and hypalon.

I still have all the safety gear so should be out this summer.

I didn't mean for this to be so long, but thanks for reading this far (if you have)!

Geoff
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Re: Hi from the North East!

Postby Martin » Wed May 31, 2017 9:40 pm

Wow !!!
Thankyou for the comprehensive introduction :geek:

The Honwave is a great Sib and will serve you well I'm sure. Hopefully the 8hp will shove it along ok. I know my old 1978 Suzuki smoker DT9 pushed my old T38 along at a steady rate, Its never going to win a race but it did cope well against the masses of power flowing out of langstone harbour.

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Re: Hi from the North East!

Postby rogerblack » Wed May 31, 2017 9:42 pm

:wavey

Hi Geoff and :welcome to the forum.

Fascinating to read about your history of boats, I'm guessing few get the right one for them first time around, sharing other's experiences is always helpful though.

Look forward to hearing how you get on with the Honwave - I've got the smaller T32 air-floor which is about the most I can manage as an unfit, overweight 62 year old but as I'm usually skippering solo it's plenty big enough for me.

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Re: Hi from the North East!

Postby Fishery Pokery » Wed May 31, 2017 9:51 pm

I do worry I am making mistake getting the bigger one as I love being out by myself.

But there is £11 difference at my local chandlers and I have three kids and hope they will get involved at some point.

I have found some pics of my favourite boat, the 3.4m Avon.
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My dad on hockey's and cooked prawns!
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Me
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Sam as above
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One of my biggest codling on my own boat
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My best haul on my own boat, all from one inshore wreck
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Re: Hi from the North East!

Postby Paul B » Wed May 31, 2017 9:55 pm

Hi Geoff and welcome to the forum, likewise I'm a honwave owner, T32 is my ride, but I would have a T38 in a breath, cracking sib, and if you decide to downgrade I'll do you a swap no bother :lol:
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Re: Hi from the North East!

Postby Fishery Pokery » Wed May 31, 2017 10:08 pm

Thanks Paul, I'll remember you said that!

Found some more pics...
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My behemoth Avon when I got it
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The trailer I used to carry my sib on.
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My "rabbit hutch" style console, the lid hinged up and the front plastic screen folded down
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3.4 Avon
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Re: Hi from the North East!

Postby Fishery Pokery » Wed May 31, 2017 10:14 pm

Some more, mainly of my biggest Avon...
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My stainless console
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My behemoth transom when I finished
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My behemoth transom when I finished
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Re: Hi from the North East!

Postby Stray » Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:32 am

Hi Geoff, a great introduction, finally someone who can catch the odd cod apart from me. :lol: Where do you launch from?
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Re: Hi from the North East!

Postby Martin » Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:32 pm

Stray wrote:Hi Geoff, a great introduction, finally someone who can catch the odd cod apart from me. :lol: Where do you launch from?

Aye, I bet he eats his catch too...
unlike you :lol:
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Re: Hi from the North East!

Postby Stray » Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:57 pm

Aye, I bet he eats his catch too...
unlike you :lol:


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