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Old 26 October 2008, 18:31   #1
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Clyde XMAS lights run

Hi all,
will start planning shortly for the run up the river to see the sights. Probably late november on a saturday.
I am hoping to find somewhere we can get into in the city for a. a warm up b. a bite and a chinwag and c. something to eat!
The run will be saturday afternoon up river before dark and after the above bite run back down after seeing the lights in the dark.
Its just advance notice for getting your lights on and working etc for the moment
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Old 26 October 2008, 21:29   #2
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Sounds good,
Rib should be ready to go, the brother is just fitting the electronics just now and new A-frame has been made.
My brother thinks he will be out on the rigs then so I will need to have a word with my boss to see if I can leave the boat in Great Harbour for a fortnight as the brothers wife wont let me drive her 4x4 and my car is too light to tow the boat!!, anyway whatever happens I should have something sorted (should be good to leave the rib and trailer in the base)

Look forward to meeting you all for a chinwag and a bit of banter.

Graeme
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Old 28 October 2008, 12:32   #3
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We will be there.
Will keep eyes peeled for dates and times.
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Old 28 October 2008, 15:14   #4
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I have been told 29th Nov is a good day for the correct tides. Will confirm this and if OK will make this the date.
I will be in Glasgow in the middle of the month and will get something for a bite and chat organised at the time.
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Old 28 October 2008, 15:46   #5
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We'll be there too.
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Old 29 October 2008, 18:10   #6
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Sounds grand

V'keen to take part!
Still bit nervous though - would be my first cruise and may have problem with night return as currently have no electrics on boat (manual mariner 30hp) at present but may have "proper" lights rigged up by then (currently using individually powered nav lights).
Will let you know!

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Old 30 October 2008, 18:23   #7
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What sort of speed can you keep up? If you can keep up a reasonable speed I am sure we can keep you right somehow.
Navigationally the Upper Clyde isn't really a problem as it is well bouyed and lit and it is not as if you can get lost once past Dumbarton...........
It really depends on where you intend to launch how difficult navigation will be at night, depending on experience level.
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Old 30 October 2008, 18:59   #8
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In terms of punting along at a decent lick, suspect Thumper could maintain 20knts - bit unsure as never taken her up river. With regards to launching, I'll have to examine where would be best with regards to range as currently have underconsole 25l tank but would of course carry extra, pos as much as same again in cans stowed in bow.
May be best to launch relatively up river and join the flotilla (or whatever colective term is for RIBs?!) there.

One option to avoid night navigation would be to head up in daylight and for me to return to launch site before dark - partly misses the point of seeing xmas lights but pos prudent given first "cruise"...safe than sorry etc.
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I don't think anybody will be going faster than 20 knots in the dark anyway.
I am sure between up we can keep you right.
I am probably going to be picking up Family somewhere, probably Renfrew, although this is not a good place to leave a trailer if you intend to launch this far upriver (although proabably better than Yoker)
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thumper - I am in a similar boat to you (metaphorically) in that this would be my first night trip. I would like to join in. My gut feel is to launch and recover at the renfrew ferry. If there were two of us then I think we might both feel more comfortable.
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