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Old 04 December 2014, 14:20   #1
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Very, very cool at 74 North

I was at HQ today - coupla things to attend to. Ever since donegaldan left for Antarctica, things have been, um, cooler. I dunno did his "comments" about the British Antarctic Survey only having Humbers at Rothera hit a nerve?

When I walked into the Fitout Hall, there was the shadow of a huge RIB in the corner. Only it WAS the RIB. I was going to shimmy up and grab a few shots with my Minox only Max the Alsatian appeared on a rotation and I moved on... I'm on Max's list

So later (as I was leaving ) I asked Tom about the 12 meters of gleaming GRP? All I heard was a muttered "going lamping polar bears"...
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So yeah, all very secretive. But, where there's a willk, there's a way. I have my sources. Apparently she's going to Svalbard (think Spitsbergen) - right up at 74 North. (Where BAS have their Arctic Station, so put that in your pipe, donegaldan!)

She's going to be quite the boat if I understand correctly. 12 meters, twin Yamaha 350 outboards on a platform, luxury cabin, draining forward well deck with access from the cabin. And black. Very black. Carbon effect tubes too, no-one said...
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Very, very cool at 74 North you say - super coooooooooooooooool I say - I can just hear the James Bond music firing up

A little birdie told me that the propulsion for this RIB will "very interesting" - Dam you beat me to it
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Max was mustard today. I tried for the Big Shed where the Belfast Pilots 1650 is approaching completion. My comment about it being the Mutz Nutz may have been misunderstood and I only got as far as the steelwork before I took the hint...
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You think that's interesting? The other hull in there is a 1050 (yes, another one, finally) getting twin Hyundai 250 inboard diesels. The cabin (yes cabin ) is currently being moulded in the Engineering Workshop (toasty in there for a change). That's going to make some offshore worker VERY happy in 2015
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Other than that, nothing was happening. Well, Clamchowder II was in the mould, but she's a tiddler

Mind you, there was a bit of scuttlebutt doing the rounds about something exciting in the New Year. An all new RIB. Bigger than the stretch 11m that is the 12m, and yet smaller than the 16m that isn't a real RIB. Oh yeah, and anyone looking for a VERY well appointed orange and blue 11m RIB should start saving the pennies right now...
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Oh yeah, and anyone looking for a VERY well appointed orange and blue 11m RIB should start saving the pennies right now...
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...or driven like it was stolen
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Reminds me - I saw an RNLI 85 in a quiet corner getting a bit of repair work done "on station" rather than being returned to the "boat Poole" for replacement. Hopefully a sign of things to come
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