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Old 06 July 2007, 15:24   #31
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Hi Stoo
Could you post details of your self righting system. Want to build one. I assume it is co2 powered
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Old 07 July 2007, 16:06   #32
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Could you post details of your self righting system. Want to build one. I assume it is co2 powered
Well, it is CO2 powered. The bag is about 9' x 2' I would guess. I suspect the clallenge in building one will be in finding the approriate valve for the bottle...

Here's a few pics:

1) The trigger is connected to a wire lanyard that feeds to the transom. It's strapped down to reduce the odds of snagging it. The sign is to remind me that of I ever use the bag, the boat will become a pretty good sail... I suppose the only thing worse than having an over-turned RIB 20 miles offshore... is having your no-longer-overturned RIB blowing away from you fasted than you can swim!

2) The valve and gas connection to the bag. The bag is just bundled on a platform

3) These flaps hold the bag in place. I'm not sure what the thread is through the grommets. It looks like black fishing line. It needs to be weak enough to break under pressure...

4) The bottle is well supported below the frame. You need to match the volume of gas to the volume the bag holds... it's little use if it's over-inflated and bursts... The bottle is similar to a SCUBA tank, but the opening in the valve is pretty big... 1/2" perhaps... so that it will "pass wind" quickly!

The bag takes 7 seconds to deploy.... and it's important that there is nothing sharp in it's way as it inflates. My antennae and stern light are all on rachet mounts that will give way. The radar reflector would be pushed out of it's mounting bracket...

Is there anything else I can show you?

One of the Canadian Coast Guard websites shows a self-righting system on a Hurricane 733 being used. I haven't been able to track it down, but I'll keep looking...
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Old 15 July 2007, 15:33   #33
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And today...

After a couple of days being house-bound due to storms, I took off with The Beast for a wee jaunt... Approx 45 miles out to Fitzwiliam and Yeo Islands. We ran broadside to 5' swells coming in from Lake Huron... remnants of yesterdays blow...

1) The approach to Indian Harbour, through the Emily Maxwell Shoal (see earlier thread re: dings in prop!)
2) Once in, the harbour is very sheltered with the remains of an old dock
3) With the lower water levels of the past few years, old marshes are now fields... easier to get around, but tough if you're a frog...
4) Exposed shore tends to keep swept clear of vegetation by frequent fall and winter gales
5) An old hunter's cabin is well-maintained with emergency provisions... food, bedding, wood-stove, clothes. Passers-by leave non-perishable food. A guy could easily last a week in there and never go hungry... There's at least two others that I know of, although this is the one that is best stocked.
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Old 15 July 2007, 15:41   #34
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A few more...

On our return trip, we stopped at Yeo Island (James Lucas Yeo, the Commander of the Britsh naval forces on the Great Lakes during the War of 1812, has three neighboring Islands named after him...)

Total number of people or other boats seen after leaving harbour... zero!
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Our return trip, we stopped at Yeo Island (James Lucas Yeo, the Commander of the Britsh naval forces on the great Lakes during the War of 1812, has three neighboring Islands named after him...)
Just watched the 1812 invasion on Sky. Unfortunate as it now seems given our special relationship, I find it quite amazing that England decided to fight in America and Europe at the same time.
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Being a Canuck, we were on the same side Biggles. Don't confuse me with them thar 'Mericans down south. They're still cranky 'cause we buned down the President's house!
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Just watched the 1812 invasion on Sky. Unfortunate as it now seems given our special relationship, I find it quite amazing that England decided to fight in America and Europe at the same time.
I think you will find a few other parts of the UK joined in as well........
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5) An old hunter's cabin is well-maintained with emergency provisions... food, bedding, wood-stove, clothes. Passers-by leave non-perishable food. A guy could easily last a week in there and never go hungry...
Stunning photos - that's the place I should go for peace and quiet!!!
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I suppose the Americans were considered terrorists back then.... How times change!
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Stunning photos - that's the place I should go for peace and quiet!!!
We're so spoiled here. Last week, we saw another person on one of "our" islands. That was the first time in about 20 years I had seen anyone there, other than two stranded kayakers a few years ago. (I don't count them, since they were basically flotsam, which I hauled back to the mainland...)
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