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Old 21 July 2006, 11:58   #1
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Not really posted many pics recently, so here are some from the past few weeks....

11th of July, annual Haverfordwest trip for the Beating of the Bounds ceremony. In previous years, I've either gone up on the charter boats or, the Sea Truck one year, but this year decided to risk the prop and take my own boat up

Pic1: Topaz - Pembs Dive Charters Ribcraft going up to take on passengers.
Pic2: Wouldn't mind this house in the middle of nowhere, looking straight into the river.
Pic3: Bit of a traffic jam under the bridge as two hard boats go aground. The 2nd rib there is the Dale Sea Safari Ribcraft (same as Topaz, minus the a-frame and slightly diff seat layout).
Pic4: The water ranger making sure no one speeds up here About 8 years ago, before the speed limit, we'd all come up here at around 30knots, the excuse being the boat had less in the water at that speed.
Pic5: Milford Haven Port Authority's Sea Truck with the Haverfordwest officials in their chains on board.
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Old 21 July 2006, 12:06   #2
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11th July Cont'd....

Pic1: Just leaving Haverfordwest, looking back at the pub.
Pic2: Trying ever so hard not to plane, pushing a bit of water at 6knots
Pic3: Finally out of the speed restriction area - Topaz on her way back
Pic4: Pic taken by Dale on Topaz of us blasting ahead.
Pic5: When we got back to Milford, there was a new Tamar class Lifeboat passing through Milford Haven after having done a rescue of a local sailing boat with propulsion problems down by Thorn Island.

And now the videos:-
http://videos.ribseadrive.co.uk/btb-2k6/

Both high and low res videos are there for download. The first section, I increased the speed of the video from Lawrenny upto Haverfordwest, so the 1hr30min original was down to 3mins.

-Alex
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Old 21 July 2006, 12:11   #3
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18th July.

Tuesday this week, myself and a mate from work decided to venture upto Ramsey, and beyond to Whitesands (to have lunch), and then we returned via Newgale and Broad Haven North.

Pic1: One of the large tankers coming into Milford Haven being escorted by Svitzer's tug Anglegarth.
Pic2: Looking back at Jack Sound from North to South - it was rather calm through there!!
Pic3: Puffins half way across St Brides Bay - there must have been hundreds of them as we crept through nice and slow.
Pic4: A small bit of tide running through the Bitches just next to Ramsey. We went through a few small whirlpools which was interesting, and were doing 7knots whilst in neutral
Pic5: After lunch, we headed towards Newgale - this pic is looking back at Ramsey Island.
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Old 21 July 2006, 12:17   #4
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18th July Cont'd....

Just off Broad Haven, there were loads of massive jellyfish, around 1metre in diameter, and 2metres in length. We did a lilo rescue here as there was a lilo blowing out to sea with its owner trying to swim after it directly into the path of the jellyfish.....
We then headed back to Milford, and met up with Peter24/7 who was on his new Ribcraft before going back into the Marina for hauling out the water.

Pic1: Jellyfish off Broad Haven
Pic2: Peter24/7 with the South Hook LNG terminal in the background.
Pic3: Isle of Inishmore headed over to Ireland. Must have been a superb trip.

And now the videos:-
http://videos.ribseadrive.co.uk/cruise_18-07-06/

High and low res videos there for download - I have included a fair bit of Picture in Picture videos on this video - the Lilo rescue is also included

All the Beating the Bounds pics are here :- http://gallery.ribseadrive.co.uk/sea...uise-11-07-06/

And all the pics from Tuesday are here:- http://gallery.ribseadrive.co.uk/sea...uise-18-07-06/

-Alex
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Great photos - will have to get over to you - not very far from Burry Port. Where is the speed limit in force? Was there a problem before they intoduced it? In other words WHY???
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I think they're protecting the upper reaches of the river from erosion along with the wildlife which breeds right by the river. Saying this though, the restriction is "No Planing" - maybe it would have been better to say "8 knots" or something, I don't know. I managed to get upto 10knots in the end by sitting on the wash from another boat - it reduced my revs by 500, and must have been more fuel efficient

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I think they're protecting the upper reaches of the river from erosion along with the wildlife which breeds right by the river. Saying this though, the restriction is "No Planing" - maybe it would have been better to say "8 knots" or something, I don't know. I managed to get upto 10knots in the end by sitting on the wash from another boat - it reduced my revs by 500, and must have been more fuel efficient

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I am quite sure a planing hull makes far less wash than a full displacement one being pushed too hard!!!

BTW what is the difference between your big and small vids? Can never get the big ones to work and I have almost every codec known to man!!!
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The small one is 386kbps, and the large one is 2000kbps - both encoded using windows media 8 codecs. I don't have a problem with them on my office pc, so I assumed they'd work on most people's computers as long as they have the latest version of WMP.

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The small one is 386kbps, and the large one is 2000kbps - both encoded using windows media 8 codecs. I don't have a problem with them on my office pc, so I assumed they'd work on most people's computers as long as they have the latest version of WMP.

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Won't use media player - media player classic is far better - plays everything going including quicktime etc - or everything but your vids!!!
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