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Old 11 July 2003, 05:57   #1
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I'm alive!

It has been noted by some nice RIBnet people that i've been missing for a few weeks - nothing serious, just workload.

Anyway, i've taken a week off and here is what i was up to Monday and Tuesday...


Depart Ramsgate midday (ish) and out to the WW2 forts for lunch
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Old 11 July 2003, 05:59   #2
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Then up the Thames estury and under the QE2 Bridge (and over the Dartford tunnels for that matter).

The blue RIB is my potential new toy, but that's another discussion!
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Past MI5 @ 30 - 40 Knts (i really opened her up under the Millenium bridge because there were so many people watching... hit 42 knts and was flying so had to ease off a bit - prop-air and everthing, can't belive there is no speed limit really)
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Moored at Chiswick Pier overnight - the only 24h tidal accessable mooring i beleive. Can't understand why it's not more popular. Some serious lifeboats moored here.
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Old 11 July 2003, 06:06   #5
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As mentioned - this is the only off-the-shelf lifeboat, cost 150,000 and does 30 knts through two large diesel driven jets. In true RNLI fashipn they are redesigning it at the moment.
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Then, following a few beers, we got up early Tuesday morning so as to go back downstream with the tide... past my old mate Tony's gaff
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Back out through the estury, stopping at Erith for fuel (you can walk to the supermarket petrol station from this all-tide access old pier)
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And (no photo i'm afraid) also called in on Southend for lunch!

Total distance: 178 nm
Total engine time: 7 hrs
Average speed: 25.5 knts
Maximum speed: 42.4 knts
Fuel used (ARGH): 190 li
Average fuel consumption: 1.07 li / nm & 27li / hr
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Old 11 July 2003, 06:48   #9
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Looks like you had a great time and i'm still hoping to do this trip myself sometime soonish with my crew and a few other boats, if your still interested in coming along your still more than welcome and as your now an old hand at Thames cruising you'd be most welcome.
Unfortunately i cant make the BIBOA trip this weekend as i'm involved in a scout event at Whitstable.

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Old 11 July 2003, 08:00   #10
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nice one daniel, btu that a serious amount of fuel!!! but you did do quite a distance!
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