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Old 23 August 2005, 14:49   #1
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A day ribbing off the Baltic coast - Poland

Last Thursday my friend Ken and I drove my disco to Poland to bring back the Parker 750RS . We only had to drive 800 miles to Szczecin which is very close to the border with Germany. The plan was to meet up on Friday evening with our driver who was towing the rib from our boatyard and on Saturday launch the rib and head for the coast. We launched the rib as planned at the Trzebiez marina (in our money 20.00 for launch and recovery by crane, not bad when I think the LAmpton marina charge 100.00 per each hour use of their hoist) . Our route to the Baltic was across the Szczecin Zalew and down the river Dziwna to the town of Dziwnow. I have spent a few summer vacations there with a rib and know the area very well.
We were joined on this trip by my two Polish friends Wojtek and Andrzej.
We had a wonderful day. The Polish shoreline is one long sandy beach . For those who have been there will know what I mean.
It was a very hot day and the beaches were packed with people. Offshore only 2 or 3 hard boats no ribs unfortunately. Ribs on our scale have not yet kicked off in the Polish leisure market. People still prefer hard boats and most of them do not venture out to sea. Instead they prefer the rivers and lakes.

Here are a few shots of our day ribbing
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. For those who have been there will know what I mean
Oh yes. Actually I thought the Baltic temperatures (air and water) very similar to the Solent in the summer, but no tides, only a 1/4 knot clockwise drift. Lots of undived wrecks with portholes too
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Oh yes. Actually I thought the Baltic temperatures (air and water) very similar to the Solent in the summer, but no tides, only a 1/4 knot clockwise drift. Lots of undived wrecks with portholes too
Sorry Pete but no where near the conditions in the Solent in the summer. The smartcraft was saying water temp 21 degrees. Just can't imagine that off Cowes

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Not at 40 metres it wasn't but yes it was nice and warm, flat seas and scorchie sunshine would love to go back even if the language was totally baffling. Great diving conditions
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Must have been a great trip - Polish people are great but as pete says - what a language - maybe it is better spoken than written - they don't bother pronouncing half the letters!!!
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I vist Poland quite often for work and couldn't agree more about the people, and the language.

I visit a place Andre knows well called Lodz which is pronounced wooch!

Lodz actually translates as boat, but is in the middle of the country with not even a river near by. Even has a boat show each year.

Its my favorite place of everywhere I go for work. Particularly like trying the different Vodkas and the odd Mad Dog.
Its a shot glass with a small amount of rasberry puree in the bottom, filled up with freezing cold Vodka and topped off with a few drops of Tobasco sauce.
You knock it back in one for the biggest experiance you've ever had in one small glass.

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Not at 40 metres it wasn't but yes it was nice and warm, flat seas and scorchie sunshine would love to go back even if the language was totally baffling. Great diving conditions
Pete you would not find me going down any meters so wouldn't know
but above the surface yes perfect conditions
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