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Old 17 May 2004, 03:18   #31
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More Pics from the Thames

Heres a few more pics taken yesterday out on the Thames
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Old 17 May 2004, 03:23   #32
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Big Thank you !!

Have to say a big thank you to Wayne Maddox of Wayne Maddox Marine for getting me back afloat after i stupidly snapped the plastic clip that works my hydrolic mechanism on my tilt Saturday, after scouring the southeast for the part to no avail i tried Wayne and he rooted through his shed full of spares to find the exact part i needed
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Old 17 May 2004, 04:04   #33
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Super pictures and.........

some very funny comments.
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Old 17 May 2004, 04:21   #34
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MeMe why dont you get your northern butt down south sometime and the southern sub 5 ers will take you out and try and convert you to a suverner and if your feeling home sick we'll even try and find a chippy thats willing to fry odd things for you

Come on you know you want to...... Daniels onboard fridge is getting better stocked up everytime we go out, give it a few months and we'll be drink Champagne and eating caviar..... Now how med style is that for you

Seriously its about time you came down and we showed you some southern hospitality.

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Old 17 May 2004, 05:09   #35
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Alan ....your very correct boat launch does list the slipway as the draw dock, i checked it out on Friday without my boat to make sure and confirm it was the same one and the pictures show its the slip on boatlaunch.

After we had launched and recovered we came to the conclussion that we wouldn't want to try recovering anything too big, just after us a load of cowboys tried to recover a big bowrider with a brand new Range rover only to burry it to the axles in the deep shingle at the top of the slipway, well it ammused as as we recovered 3 boats in the time it took them to drag there thing out, eventually giving the rangie full bore they managed to drag the thing kicking and screaming out onto the hard. Also worth pointing out for anyone else thinking of using the slip way..... Yesterday it got very busy and parking was a big issue down there, we had to seperate trailers from cars and stack them on top of each other and chain them all together on the top edge of the ramp half on a step and half hanging off a step !! as its all states access i'd suggest getting there early rather than late !!
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Agree that it can get very crowded - at the FIRST Rib.net gathering, which contrary to popular belief wasnt Plimuff last year but the Thames the year before!, we had half a dozen RIBS being launched, the biggest of which was a Camel Trophy 6.5m. We parked our trailers and cars down the road that is a left turn just before you get to the slip. Its one way so you have to drive around the block to get back to the slip. Certainly raises a few eyebrows a convoy of 6 RIBS and 4x4s driving through docklands!
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Old 17 May 2004, 05:44   #37
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yes credit were credit is due its all down to me i put three ribs in the water
and then recovered the them using the super powers of my truck and driveing
skill. the only problem was not the weigh of bilge rats 4.7 but the over loaded cool box on my boat it must be close to a ton when we came to recover phil and bilge rat had eaten the lot so up it went all i can say shame
the guy in the range over recovered when the tide was going out or it would
have been the first range rover to go under tower bridge
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Old 17 May 2004, 06:02   #38
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Great photos guys, forgotten how beautiful and interesting the Thames can be.

Have you noticed that some of the observation towers on HMS Belfast are wearing balaclavas?

Would love to come down and do the same trip with you, do you accept boats over 5m?
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Old 17 May 2004, 06:05   #39
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Daniel in all fairness you did do a sterling job at launch and recovery, launching three boats single handed whilst me and Phil helped Kelly load up your onboard fridge with food and booze, god only knows how we managed to find london after the binge session down river

In all seriousness we acted like a well oil team, we used one vehicle to launch all three boats and moved the other two cars well out of the way, we were able to move the boats into position at the top of the slip only because they were small, Daniel drove and took directions from the rest of us well and because we acted well as a team we were able to launch and get away with all cars parked and the trailers locked down within half an hour. Comming back in was even easier as the tide had come up higher, we kind of repeated the same thing and recovered all boats again within half an hour, the pratts with the rangie were mincing about for ages trying to get the thing on, sunk the rangie to the front axel and then buried it in the shingle trying to drag the entire lot out, then once on the hard they blocked up the slipway insisting they had to tie the thing on before puttin git on the road. There incompitance made us look much better !!

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Old 17 May 2004, 06:10   #40
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Narked.... Your welcome down anytime mate.

Suspect we'll be doing another trip up fairly soon as yesterday was a great success and everyone enjoyed it and now we know the river and the slip way a little better too.
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