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Old 14 October 2013, 04:52   #351
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Glad you all got home in once piece, we were gutted sat morning when the realization set in that after a fair bit of planning, prepping and general getting the boat ready a small hose screwed us! Only saving grace was it failed on Friday afternoon and not mid-channel Saturday! Looked an awesome trip, will be ready for next year!
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Old 14 October 2013, 04:58   #352
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Only saving grace was it failed on Friday afternoon and not mid-channel Saturday!
Yep, that was a really good thing as it wasn't the conditions to have a tow
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Old 14 October 2013, 05:21   #353
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I know this next bit will be familiar with a few of you, who started getting anal about listening for funny noises and who got apprehensive about being out of sight of land and wanted to get closer to another boat, own up, I've been there,
I would not say anal about "funny noises", just that I know how my boat is put together, and know the chap that did a lot of it When getting a little tired the imagination takes over.
Never apprehensive, plenty of blue water experience, but I did find that I paid too much attention to driving to the conditions, with the result that I did occasionally wander off course, just a bit
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Old 14 October 2013, 05:28   #354
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I would agree on the compass over the plotter as you can glance down and check as the bloody plotter is rubbish to see in the strong light and Sunnis or goggles on! In the conditions yesterday taking our eyes off the see to check your course was not good as my crew said they braced them selves every time I did it because it normally ended in a slamming as I hadnít seen a wave coming!

As to the boys on Yorkie well what stares couldnít believe the pace he made coming back we recon he was on drugs or something!
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Old 14 October 2013, 05:43   #355
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Got back home at 10.30pm last night absolutely shattered roads where terrible , just want thank Avocet& Ginny for putting us up Thursday night food was lovely as well & also thanks to Maximus for getting us all there & back safely we had a fantastic weekend can't wait for the next one!! Hats off to those girls ....Kathryn -Karan & Ginny for doing so well they got soaked to the skin there & back well done girls!!
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Will be good to read also about strengths and weaknesses of each boat, what was good/bad, what needs changing etc as you have all clearly tested yourselves and boats better than any normal review
OK, I'll try and be honest.
My throttle lever is a curly thing, someones interpretation of an ergonomic design I suppose. In anything but flat calm I like to operate the lever at the base, with my palm resting on the throttle lever body. Fine when sitting down, but when standing if I put a finger or two round the lever there is a tendency for them to get trapped due to the shape of the lever. I could quite easily see a broken finger happening when bounced around. On this trip I found that looking through a Gecko visor looking through a screen, both wet, I could not see enough detail of the sea ahead, meaning that I had to stand to drive well. What that meant was that I had to operate the throttle by gripping it between my thumb and the base of my forefinger, so as not to put any digits around the lever. A stupid little thing, but that contact patch at the base of my forefinger got quite sore - not good for decent throttle control.
A couple of observations from different occupants of the left hand seat One said that there were no convenient handholds for when he was standing, quite how I would get a handhold at the altitude that he needs is beyond me
I think our injured friend found my boat more comfortable than Yorkie primarily because of better seating and a convenient hand hold (when seated ) which allowed him to relax more. Oh and on that score, I think that ajstars must have a spine of steel, he was taking all those seas seated
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Old 14 October 2013, 07:08   #357
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So same again next weekend?
Oh yes why not, as long as I can have what ever you where taking Sunday morning!!
We all recon you where driving like a man possessed
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Old 14 October 2013, 07:36   #358
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You boys should come out with us this Sat, off to Cowes for a night out

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I said to Mrs A: "I think this is a bit daft"
If that's what David thought, then that makes the rest of you positively certifiable .

It sounds like an epic trip (challenge), but who won.....
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If that's what David thought, then that makes the rest of you positively certifiable .

It sounds like an epic trip (challenge), but who won.....
I'd say.... EVERYONE WHO WENT!
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