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Old 05 April 2006, 14:21   #31
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The forecast is now looking a bit strong for a north coast trip this weekend.

But it will be sheltered on the south coast - think I may take a trip from falmouth up to looe and do a spot of wreck fishing on the way.

I was out at st Agnes today looking out over the sea in what was supposed to be 6-8 mph northerlies - and the sea looked pretty lumpy... Nice conditions for playing in - not so nice for a 80 mile round trip with a boat full of passengers who don't want to get wet.

Next suitable day looks like Tuesday 18th April. Current prediction 5mph east south easterly winds and 18 deg air temp - crikey it will feel like a summers day.

Don't know what other peoples availability is for the Tuesday ??? hopefully a few can wangle a day off work.
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The forecast is now looking a bit strong for a north coast trip this weekend.

But it will be sheltered on the south coast - think I may take a trip from falmouth up to looe and do a spot of wreck fishing on the way
Will pick you when you get to St Austell Bay Roy
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Next suitable day looks like Tuesday 18th April. Current prediction 5mph east
Don't know what other peoples availability is for the Tuesday ??? hopefully a few can wangle a day off work.
Sounds good
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Roy my mate with the Landy will probably only manage weekends , he is a very busy electrician .

Iam sat here now thinking I should take tomorrow off and work at the weekend , why should i feel guilty about doing that ?? its something that gets to those who are their own boss I guess you become your own slave driver ?
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Will pick you when you get to St Austell Bay Roy
Sorry Bob - cant work out what you said in this post.

Was it either

"Will pick you up when you get to St Austell Bay Roy"

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"Will join when you get to St Austell Bay Roy"

or was you saying something else ?

If you mean your going to meet me out in St Austell Bay which day (sat or sun) is best for you - it makes no difference to me and I think the weather is about the same both days - and what time do you want to meet up.
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Roy my mate with the Landy will probably only manage weekends , he is a very busy electrician .

Iam sat here now thinking I should take tomorrow off and work at the weekend , why should i feel guilty about doing that ?? its something that gets to those who are their own boss I guess you become your own slave driver ?
It is really getting to me as well - the light winds and dry conditions - only thing that is any comfort to me whilst sat at my desk is that the air temp is still bitterly cold.
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Well I have just come in from the workshop and High water tomorrow at midday will be too much to resist especially since I found out Saturday how well my boat goes with just me in it . I should be able to launch alone , never tried it yet , and I still haven't got my trailer .
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I should be able to launch alone , never tried it yet .
Thats an interesting point, what is the safest way to launch on your own ?
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I always launch and recover on my own - this is because I usually do all my boating with only my 7 and 8 year old kids. Although now my oldest is starting to take an interest in helping me.

In the summer its easy as I'm only in shorts and flip flops so you can jump out in waist deep water and man handle the boat on to the trailer but in winter when you are in normal clothes with say only a pair of wellies on the following technique allows me to launch and recover without getting my feet wet.



Launch.

I prepare the engine to be lowered and ensure key and kill cord are inserted.
I wrap the painter around the trailer and climb into the boat with the end of the painter in my hand.
I then depending on conditions and state of tide either just let go of the painter and the boat rolls off the trailer or I lower it slowly by feeding out the rope at a controlled speed.
Lower the engine - start her up and then head for the nearest pontoon to tie up whilst I park the car and trailer.

Recovery.

Tie the boat to a pontoon and lower the trailer into the water. I then pull out enough of the winch strap and lay it on the trailer.
Get the boat and drive it up to the trailer.
This is the tricky bit - I then leave the engine running and in gear on tick over so that it stays on the trailer whilst I climb round and attach the winch.
I then winch the boat partly on the trailer before climbing back in the boat to cut and raise the engine.
Then winch the boat fully on and I'm away.
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I bet that had you sweating the first time you did it Roy .
Well what a lovely day , did I get out ? no all my mates working

I did however get my trailer and fit it out with wood bunks and an outboard support . I had the main beam left longer so that I could fit a wooden block with a deep V in it on a removable clamp to support the outboard .

Now to practice the launching on my own . Could be interesting if the tide is running at saltash .
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