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Old 26 September 2012, 15:36   #21
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Don't remember him referred to as an "engineer" before
Or as "him".
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Old 26 September 2012, 18:47   #22
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I have some friends there and we raced OCR and Offshore there with a lot of high powered boats by permission. We sold a Phantom 19 to two brothers who won the OCR championship three years in a row, they flew over, raced and returned for every race. One brother was in the Army (British) over there and the other was in retail and both were familiar with "operations" over there. Really nice guys and a pleasure to work with. There are a lot of exaggerations above, but it's fair to say that they are strict for a reason and there is a line that isn't worth crossing in that area - the Spanish Police aren't any better!

It seems that shooting at the powerheads on outboards from helicopters and entangling nets for props are all used to stop the smugglers.
The Phantoms are still in use, I think there are at least 3 of them, they use them for sking most Sunday mornings inside the mole.
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Actually, I'm really quite fond of Gib. It's cool in a gnarly way.........a bit El Dorado (in Glaswegian, obviously) and Markooooooos. Actually (again) , there's not much cool about that come to think of it!
Ah, there it is, Micky Dee and the cool airport location. Oh and the fact that there may be a secret nuclear submarine base underneath it. Now that's cool.
Despite all the rules, its still pretty cool place to go boating as well

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Old 27 September 2012, 02:55   #24
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Check out Ocean Village – A marina like no other Thats an impressive development Alan P
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The Phantoms are still in use, I think there are at least 3 of them, they use them for sking most Sunday mornings inside the mole.
The Phantom 19 that the brothers raced was sold and carried on racing in OCR with the new owner. I suspect they would be the older Phantom 18's?
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Old 27 September 2012, 04:35   #26
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Also a great place to find a proper English breakfast!

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2: shows how many ships there are waiting around Gib!
3: 2.90 for a litre of vodka. They also had 1l of Jim Bean for 6!
4: another day in the office
5: lots of Dolphins in this part of the world
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Also a great place to find a proper English breakfast!

A few more piccies:
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2: shows how many ships there are waiting around Gib!
3: 2.90 for a litre of vodka. They also had 1l of Jim Bean for 6!
4: another day in the office
5: lots of Dolphins in this part of the world

Thats not a breakfast, this is a breakfast

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Old 27 September 2012, 15:30   #28
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The Phantom 19 that the brothers raced was sold and carried on racing in OCR with the new owner. I suspect they would be the older Phantom 18's?
Could have been, they all look alike from 100ft up
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Despite all the rules, its still pretty cool place to go boating as well
I spend a few weeks a year around the waters between Gib and Estepona and it is a great place for small boats. Have seen big turtles, dolphins and this year a sun fish.

I've not had problems with police in Gib, but then the rib is 5.5m with 90hp and I read somewhere that this would fall below the limit the police are most interested in. Even then I keep a reasonable distance off.

In Spain on the other hand we had a serious welcoming committee of Guardia Civil and Policia Local back in May. We'd been out on a pretty rough day and none of the smaller boats where out ( Different view of boating in Spain and it doesn't seem to involve getting wet!). Some bored cop must have got on the radio as he saw us coming in at a fair pace and before we knew it there must have been 15-20 at the Estepona marina by the time we got we got back!Very glad I had a waterproof document wallet with every last bit of necessary paperwork. In the end after they had checked everything and realised my sons as the "crew" of 3, 12- 14 year old boys was hardly a drugs gang, they went off rather sheepishly and didn't even board the boat- which was tied up at the marina berth by this time.

No harm done in the end, but not something I want to see repeated.
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Gib has got to be the sadest place in the world for a Sib or Rib enthusiast. My brother lives out there and his apartment over looks the police compound, its always full of ribs and sibs of all sizes and shapes simply slashed and left to rot. It seems that visiting boats can have there tenders confiscated for simply having them in the water

You can also see the engines off the boats, some are simply chain sawed off the transom, everything from 15hp 2 strokes to 250hp off shore monsters.
I spent a couple of weeks out there on exercise in the mid 90's and I can vouch for the compound, it nearly brought to tears looking at the money sitting wrecked in the yard, on guard at night you could hear the smugglers miles away on full chat coming across the straights.
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