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Old 21 September 2008, 17:06   #11
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Hi, Bruce in no way questioning your ability to navigate.
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Thanks for your encoragement K&S .. I appreciate that I cant imagine how many sea hours I've had since I was born, but like laying a carpet ,.. I like to watch & learn from someone else who knows how it should be done on a particular task, before trying it myself .. despite my experience ...*edit* I should say I could rebuild a gearbox or rewire your house but I cant lay carpets

Contact with my floating hotel suggests they will be in Tarbert .. again on that night, and not Inverkip .... so..... Bruce, you still heading back ?
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Old 21 September 2008, 17:21   #13
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I admit I have never tried navigating by sounder but in theory with a chart is is possible, if slow!
As a point of interest. Go do your advanced power boat course at Cumbrae and all you get is a chart and may have to find underwater features at night...... thank god thats behind me lol
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Hi, Bruce in no way questioning your ability to navigate.
It wasn't meant that way, really what I was trying to get across was that electronics aids are not essential but extremely useful, especially when conditions are bad. Some of us are old enough to remember when most people couldn't afford them I still remember being one of the first folk in my dive club to buy a magic box (handheld) when the price dropped from around 750 to a couple of hundred. Instead of hours trawling for wrecks we could find it in minutes (they weren't quite as accurate as now, we still had SA, but they got you close..........) As an engineer I am fascinated by all the toys that are out there and are now affordable, just a big kid at heart I reckon even if I do recognise that they aren't all essential. Don't tell the wife though, she thinks all those expensive boxes that go ping and bleep are necessary to make the boat go!
Generally on a clear night somewhere like the Clyde there are plenty of lights, both nav and otherwise, to be pretty sure of where you are.
I did both the advanced and the instructors course many moons ago too, I just look like I don't know what I am doing.......
I reckon if I come it will be a day trip going back at night. I am still looking at Eigg but the company would be nice.
Are you intending to raft up and anchor in a group?
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As a point of interest. Go do your advanced power boat course at Cumbrae and all you get is a chart and may have to find underwater features at night...... thank god thats behind me lol
I did, and did! A long time ago!
I remember the night nav exercise as good fun!
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Thanks for your encoragement K&S .. I appreciate that I cant imagine how many sea hours I've had since I was born, but like laying a carpet ,.. I like to watch & learn from someone else who knows how it should be done on a particular task, before trying it myself .. despite my experience ...*edit* I should say I could rebuild a gearbox or rewire your house but I cant lay carpets

Contact with my floating hotel suggests they will be in Tarbert .. again on that night, and not Inverkip .... so..... Bruce, you still heading back ?
I can lay a carpet, rewire your house and build your gearbox but when it comes to plastering and the like I just don't have the knack despite trying hard!
Are you intending to leave from tarbert or just go there Sat night?
If we come it will more than likely be a day trip going back Saturday.
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Old 21 September 2008, 17:46   #17
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Are you intending to raft up and anchor in a group?
Good question, the last time we did this trip we rafted up against a fishing boat against the pier. It would be good to be able to do that again if we could as there is a really good atmosphere onshore. I guess we will be there in plenty of time to secure moorings against the pier in a raft.
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Are you intending to leave from tarbert or just go there Sat night?
If we come it will more than likely be a day trip going back Saturday.
Yep thats my plan .. end up back at Tarbert Saturday Pm , Cos I got a bed that night in Tarbert
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I can lay a carpet, rewire your house and build your gearbox but when it comes to plastering and the like I just don't have the knack despite trying hard!
I can't paint according to the boss, but anything that floats.... except a plasterers float
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Well.. I'll pass on this one then .. as I dont fancy heading up that far without a buddy at night... Tarbert is host to the Final muster of the Clyde Cruising Club this year ....so I have a bed there with me cloth powered ones .. but another time maybe
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