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Old 19 April 2004, 11:23   #1
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Bristol Channel meet ?

All,

Just thought I'd see if there was any interest from anyone in this neck of the woods to meet up at some point over the next couple of months.

No plans as such but may be a rendezvous at Steep Holm, Pub lunch in Cardiff Bay or Fish and Chips in Weston-Super-Mare.

Let me know

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Old 19 April 2004, 12:36   #2
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Ill be up for that(when the boat arrives)

Just a bit over an hour to tow to Bristol.
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Old 19 April 2004, 14:05   #3
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Im in and i know of a few other RIB owners who will be too....keep me posted with details etc.

With regards to destinations.....Watchet marina is quite a nice place to visit as it has good facilities and is within sensible distance. Porlock and Ilfracombe are also well worth considering although landing is highly dependant on the tide.

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Old 19 April 2004, 14:28   #4
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Minehead is worth a stop for a beer if the tides are right. For something a bit more adventurous how about making a day trip to the Gower Peninsular for a beach barbecue?

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Old 19 April 2004, 15:17   #5
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Great some interest !

Probably looking at mid to end of May (poss second May Bank Holiday if that doesn't clash with too many peoples other plans and subject to SWMBO's approval and completion of house decorating ).
Simmons0 does this fit in with your new arrival ?

I am slightly restricted by amount of fuel I can carry (currently 66 lts) so I think Ilfracombe and Gower are out for me. But nothing to stop you big boys carrying on.

Both Watchet and Minehead sound good.

Any other suggestions and then we can put it to a vote nearer the time.

I am likely to be out for short spins over the next few weekends so if any one is in the Cardiff, Barry, Flat / Steep Holm area give me shout or keep your eyes open for the Rib.net Burgee.

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It does fit in with the arrival but im staying on Lake Windermere that week so i guess i wont be at this meet.
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Where do you launch from on your short trips out? I am in my first year with a RIB and live in Newport/ work in Cardiff but keep the RIB in Pembrokeshire. In the summer I am thinking of bringing it to stay in the Newport / Cardiff areas for spells to allow me to get on in the evenings and weekends. The other thing that is holding me back is I have nowhere to store the boat at home. Do you know of a secure boatyard or somewhere similar that will accommodate short stays of a week or fortnight at a time? Would definitely be interested to hear of your trips out to get an idea of the sort of trips you are taking on.
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I thought it may be the case that people had already got plans for the bank holiday. I can be quite flexible with this and will try and fit in with what ever weekend the most people can make.

Options are any of the following dates for me.

22nd / 23rd May
29th / 30 / 31 May
5th / 6th June





Woot,

There are a few options for launching - Channel View Leisure Centre has the Council slip within the barrage (6 plus 5 deposit) but strangely this is only open 10:00 till 4:00 at the moment and 10:00 till 5:00 in the summer. It is a great slip, no tides to worry about and has secure car parking.

I have a key for the North slipway at Penarth from Vale of Glamorgan Council 25 a year but they have a limited number. Roughly 1/2 tidal range

There is a free council slip at Sully but it is a bit ropey and exposed.

As for storage you could try Cambrian Marine in Cardiff Bay (029) 2034 3459 but would think they are quite expensive as alternatives there are two Clubs in the bay that may be able to offer storage facilities. But my suggestion would be try some local farms or caravan storage facilities. I'm spoilt in that I can get the boat on my drive (just).

Most of my trips in the area have involved one or more of the following:

Flat Holm, Steep Holm, Weston-Super-Mare, Barry, Sully, Southerndown, Porthcawl, Ogmore. Usually with a quick stop off at the pontoons at Mermaid Quay for bite to eat.

Usually I cover around 20 Nm round trip.

I've also been lucky enough to take the boat down to Milford Haven to see Skomer a few times and have also spent a bit of time on the Humber.

In September we are trailering the boat down to Bay of Roses in Spain for a week where we have managed to find what looks like a great Villa with its own mooring so I am looking to extend the range of trips in preparation for some good runs out there.

If you get the boat up here and fancy meeting up sometime give me shout.

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Thanks for that Mike all good interesting info, I will look into storage and doing a bit of local boating. If you are ever going to the Milford area make sure you post or let me know via e-mail and we can sort out a trip. Myself and Alex Brown were due to do Skomer followed by Grassholm on Easter Monday but a thick fog scuppered our plans. There is plenty of scope for extended trips from the Haven in good weather. Haven't done any myself yet but had a few really good days out over the Easter cruising around and watching the seals after beach launching at Broad Haven.
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5th/6th June is Ribex.

Ive spoken to Lee today and his main laminator is off work

Delivery date was supposed to be 1st week of may but i cant see that happening, ive e-mailed him again to ask for a revised delivery date but im assuming it will be delayed a week or 2.
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