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Old 31 July 2005, 09:54   #1
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Whitstable Oyster Festival

Spent an interesting day in Whitstable yesterday, rigging the firework display for the finale of the annual Oyster Festival. Landing craft and pontoon supplied (coincidentally!) by a RIBnet member -- thanks Neil!

Also saw Mike running his Bayblast operation, walking out to the RIB towing his passengers in a small inflatable! Unfortunately I wasn't close enough to get a decent picture, but he reminded me of the butler in the old Colmans mustard advert

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Old 31 July 2005, 12:36   #2
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nice pics John - do you have capped off launching tubes at the bottom, or are they open? - reason why I ask is that when we've helped local company setup, they've always looked for a solid base, like a steel barge, and weren't happy about launching off anything else incase it went through the hull

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The tubes are always closed at the bottom, normally with substantial wooden bungs which either screwed or nailed in place. Most are used in racks with solid bases which helps spread the load.

The landing craft was fine for our purposes, but for very large shells then a steel barge would be more appropriate.

What's the pontoon in your picture? How deep do the spud legs go?

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I do like those shells when they go off - a really nice sound

The barge is called the Delilah, what you see on the top aren't spud legs though - they're just steel beams, for what reason they're there I don't know.
We've helped ferry fireworks out to that barge for a couple of years in a row now - I think the next event just off the town in the river is towards the end of august.

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France sometime between the wars....

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And you never popped in for a coffee?
You could have had the guided tour

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butler indeed!!

I resemble that remark!

It was nice to see you there at the weekend, we were indeed taking clients out by avon 4.2 sib, in the abscence of anything resembling safe and adequate facilities at Whitstable we were having to make do, the beach was chosen after a detailed reserch and we found it worked well, untill that was the heavens opened and the wind got up to a very nasty f5 onshore which resulted in a total lack of guarantee that clients would remain dry!
the next day we were forecast the same but being sods law it did not arrive and I spent 12 hours wishing we had gone for it anyway!

The foreshore there is so littered with rubbish that we could not risk bayblastII up close as there are poles and concrete everywhere.

BIZZ now very good running beyond game plan.

roll on a marina we could run all day everyday and cannot wait !!
ps amazed to see the landing craft still afloat after the side went pearshaped! was that one of yours????
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ps amazed to see the landing craft still afloat after the side went pearshaped! was that one of yours????
No. That was the result of an incident the week before, and was nothing to do with me!

Luckily Neil doesn't seem to be the sort of person to let things like that get in the way and had managed to make a running repair with some chequerplate, lots of screws and about half a dozen tubes of Sikaflex!

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No. That was the result of an incident the week before, and was nothing to do with me!

Luckily Neil doesn't seem to be the sort of person to let things like that get in the way and had managed to make a running repair with some chequerplate, lots of screws and about half a dozen tubes of Sikaflex!

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I heard one of the nav lights got ripped off the Ribcraft also...

Another little fix it job for Neill aka Tim.
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