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Old 12 June 2005, 09:32   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: Binfield
Boat name: merlinless now
Length: no boat
Join Date: Jul 2004
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Merlin and the Solent

Hi all

Another little running update

For a few weeks now we had been looking forward to having the 9th and 10th of June off so that we could get out on the boat. Well again we picked a great few days.

9TH June, firstly I had to pick the liferaft up before launching the boat, so the first picture is Merlin ready to be launched at Northney. I don’t know why but I don’t look forward to this bit, I think it’s the turn at the top of the ramp. I also chain the boat, as I don’t trust the winch strap. When I am at the bottom I have some wood blocks placed under the wheels…I once watched a car slowly making its way into the water at this slip (I did try to help, but you know what its like when you need something to ram under a wheel…you cannot find anything). Second picture is Merlin moored ready for the off.

So off we went to Portsmouth – Wotton – Bembridge and back to Northney. The third picture is from the fuel pontoon at Sparks Marine where we fuelled up. Nothing to report really apart from it was perfect conditions for ribbing, just perfect.

When we entering Bembridge there was someone who insisted on cutting me up in the channel just at the entrance, you know the bit you feel you could nearly jump to the beach, but whatever. So to my surprise he later (back out at sea) came from my port side and just kept coming, it was then that I realised he was a nut, so I just sped off out of the way.

On the Saturday (11th) we did pretty much the same, but visited Cowes and the Hamble,s o a great day.

So as ever nothing dropped off the boat. The Evinrude Fitch just runs and runs.

Finally we pulled it out the water and parked it up, which can be a little tricky for me due to the size and where it’s parked, I may move positions to make life a little easier in the future.
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Old 12 June 2005, 14:08   #2
Country: UK - England
Town: Chesterfield
Boat name: Sea Quell
Make: Picton Cobra
Length: 5m +
Engine: Mercury 150 4 Stroke
MMSI: 235038298
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What a fantastic looking outfit !
I could easily get jealous - but just remember to enjoy and have fun.


Ribbin isn't about an investment - its an exciting money pit !

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Old 12 June 2005, 16:56   #3
Country: UK - England
Town: Brittany/Portsmouth
Boat name: Merlin
Make: Solent 6.5
Length: 6m +
Engine: 200
MMSI: soon !
Join Date: Jul 2003
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I'm sure we seen you in cowes on sat motering up the river. Now I know what your Merlin looks like we''ll keep a keener eye out for her.

nice pics also


Happy New Resolutions!!! : RIBbing for the craic!!!
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