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Old 27 March 2006, 09:04   #21
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Hi Roy
Not sure I going to be able to make this one, snowed under at work, and all weekends tied up until mid May

April 1st evening my Birthday bash
April 8th, 9th working in Edinburgh
April 15th, 16th Wedding in Liverpool
April 21st, 23rd Working in Farnborugh
April 29th, 30th Stagg weekend wakeboarding in Milton Keynes.
May 7th 8th free
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May 14th RibEx

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Old 27 March 2006, 10:25   #22
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April 7th and 8th we are doing a demo with Blue Water Marine in Salcombe.
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Old 02 April 2006, 18:44   #23
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I love long range forecasts

I really wonder why they even bother sometimes. You look at a day 10 or so days ahead and it will have perfect conditions predicted - then a couple of days later they are forecasting force 6 and torrential rain for that same day then a couple days later its back to good conditions again.

Anyway

Weekend of 8th / 9th currently has a really crappy forecast. but the 13th / 14th 15th look fine.

the 15th i have a bloody wending to go to
the 14th is my wife's birthday (but she probably wont mind if i take off for the day)
the 13th is my step mothers birthday (but i don't mind missing the early stages of that)

how is everyone else fixed for those days (bear in mind that it is long range forecast so all could change again by then so don't go taking any holiday from work or anything)
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Old 03 April 2006, 10:17   #24
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Aghhh

The forecast has flipped a bit again now.

This week (in fact right now) would have been perfect. Damn I hate work.

Sunday 9th is currently showing 13mph westerlies - I guess this is doable. Is anybody else up for this Sunday

Randski - Is your vehicle capable of pulling your boat (and mine) up a firm sandy beach and are you available Sunday.

Alice - are you about - with your L200 - hows your boat is it going to get wet this year or what.

The Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th currently look ideal for those that don't have to be at work. Any takers for those dates (i am off work )
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Have a heap of family staying this weekend Roy. If you need the truck, you're welcome to keep it for the weekend. I'm looking at another one tomorrow, so might have a brace for a day or two.
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Old 03 April 2006, 16:10   #26
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Very kind offer to borrow your truck - but I have a rule never to borrow anything I cant afford to replace if I brake it

I have a number of people threatening to come on this trip who have access to 4X4 - I'm just waiting for one of them to confirm.

Forecast is showing Saturday and Sunday suitable now.
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I'm just waiting for one of them to confirm.
Sorry roy is that me you are waiting on . I was waiting for a date to be decided then I can let my mate Know .

Changing the subject a little , i used to launch my 1.5 ton small yatch using my transit van and a winch mounted on the tow hitch . It felt a lot safer than using a 4wd on a slippery slipway. I made the winch from a trailer winch a short length of steel and a ball hitch coupling . Would this get you launched at newquay I still have it and never use it .
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Old 04 April 2006, 06:12   #28
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Not just you Ian - i have other people with 4X4 that i have asked - as long as one turns up on the day it will be cool.

The problem with newquay is that there is a slip (well ramp really) that goes down from the car park to the beach. It is at right angles to the water. at high tide in a spring this is very awkward as the water is up to the base of the ramp so your boat is being knocked from the side by any swell. For this reason i would never recommend launching at spring high tide there.

normally you simply use this ramp to gain access to the beach which is a firm sandy beach with a near perfect gradient for launching a boat. I used my normal front wheel drive car there a couple of times to launching my 4.2 humber. I needed a rope to get it out but it wasn't too bad.

The problem you will have with a winch is that if you car is on the concrete slip you are nearly at 90 degrees to the direction you need to pull the trailer in and also if its low tide - the distance between ramp and the water is about 50m which is probably too long for your winch.

by far the easiest way to launch there is to drive the boat and trailer straight down the ramp with a 4X4 and use the beach as you would a normal slipway.
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Old 04 April 2006, 16:36   #29
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Randski - Is your vehicle capable of pulling your boat (and mine) up a firm sandy beach and are you available Sunday.
Launching (and recovering) no problem, been on that beach a number of times.

Not sure about Sunday yet, will let you know later in the week hope to be available
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Old 04 April 2006, 18:04   #30
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I see what you mean Roy . Iam used to the luxury of the slip at Saltash . For those of you who don't know it there is a deep water pontoon there where you can moor the boat and walk ashore to your car , and its free inc the parking . Nice big waterski area just upstream that is very calm and sheltered with little beaches to land on .
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