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Old 16 November 2003, 10:06   #11
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Ribald, here is my Firdell Blipper radar reflector closer up....
I got it with its own bracket mounting, which came with 2 screws to hold the bracket into the base. I then screwed the base down with stainless screws and nylock nuts to hold it in place. Unfortunately, after about the 3rd outing, the two screws holding the base to the main bracket came loose. After several tightenings, these screws lost their thread, at which point I drilled right through (which took an age) and put 2 small bolts in. Although the reflector was never going to come back out, there was movement between the bracket and the base, which could have resulted ultimately in damaging the a-frame structure. From this, I then had the bracket stainless welded onto the base, and now it's as solid as a rock. I only chose this reflector, since the local charter companies seem to use them, as well as the likes of the fire brigade, and police ribs. On a day like yesterday with the swell, having the reflector up nice and high like that 'should' give a better return from me, but I'd like to test this sometime
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Old 16 November 2003, 10:11   #12
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Gary, yes it was good fun yesterday, as we went up some of the longer waves, I'd accelerate, and then on the other side, there'd be nothing, and then a nice little drop into the water below. I wasn't doing stupid speeds, since anything over 20knots would have left us a good 2 metres in the air for sure with the prop out the water too. Thankfully, the Humber likes to stick to the water, so we didn't get much flight time
The swell seems to be like that at sea, but in the river, it's all short sharp chop, which as you say can bring the boat up at some nice angles indeed.
Here's a few pics of the storms we had on Friday with the 80mph winds
The boats/barge here are not small, but they're moving around quite a bit - unfortunately, I was about half a second too early with this shot, cos after that, the tug on the right went right down, and was completely engulfed in water...
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Old 16 November 2003, 10:12   #13
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This one taken from the Port Authority, looking down towards the jetty on the left. Remember this is all sheltered waters in the confines of the Haven, yet the water was probably over a metre high in places.
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And finally a closer pic of the spray being picked up and swept along by the wind. I'd have loved to goto St Annes on land to get some pics of the sea that day, but would have probably got the camera soaked for which I don't have a cover for, plus, I was working
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Old 16 November 2003, 11:34   #15
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Thanks for the picture Alex - very useful info too.

Some 20 years ago I stayed in one of the coastguard cottages right up on St Annes Head and we had the mother of all storms. You could lean at 45deg into the wind. It would have been very impressive only the worst of it was at night so we couldn't see a lot. I do remember a gas carrier that tried to go out and turned round quick smart though
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Alex,
good pictures, quite different from when we went out together this summer!!
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(QUOTE)There's a pilot boat hiding behind there somewhere.
The pics don't actually do the water any justice - although it wasn't breaking,it was just lumpy. (QUOTE)

I appreciate those comments as me and a few North West Ribsters were out and about a few weeks ago enjoying a rather confused and menacing sea. I took several shots with one hand on the wheel and the other trying to keep the camera dry, which, didn't even make it past the "I'll store these on my computer" stage as the camera just didn't do the sea state any justice at all.

Anyway, it looks like you had a great ride......
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