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Old 30 December 2010, 17:58   #61
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I (kind of) got an answer here:
That's a cunning move. Befriending the rag and stick brigade and stealing their secrets
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That's a cunning move. Befriending the rag and stick brigade and stealing their secrets
He's already nicked my "wrack and Rouen" line!!
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He's already nicked my "wrack and Rouen" line!!
Well it made me chuckle so thought I'd share!
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Some bloke and his lady are getting married on the 29th April.

This is also gonna be a public holiday so gives you 10 days off for only 3 work days (holiday / leave) potentially !!

Friday 22 April - Sunday 01 May

Sounds like an awesome trip.
Good point didn't think of that! The only thing that worries me is this is still early on in the season, recent years have generally not had favourable weather in late april/early may, think back to the last couple of Ribex's.
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Well it made me chuckle so thought I'd share!
I have to be honest: my mate thought that one up but it made me laugh so much I decided to pass it off as my own. I've just sent off for my CEVNI study guide and will try the test online at the RYA site soon. Martin said he'd sort me out with a PB level 2 when he's next over. I can take time off at Easter so count me in. I've been in a french lock with a rib; it's not the most pleasent of experiences but I think we'll be ok.
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Sorry I should've mentioned I've got the RYA European Waterways Regs book here if anyone wants to borrow it.
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I've been in a french lock with a rib; it's not the most pleasent of experiences but I think we'll be ok.
We'll just have to position Martini on the outside of us to act as a buffer . I'm sure he could fend off a large barge if required (even one driven by a Frenchman )
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We'll just have to position Martini on the outside of us to act as a buffer . I'm sure he could fend off a large barge if required (even one driven by a Frenchman )
The main problem I found, on the Rance at least, was a reluctance on behalf of the lock keepers to open the lock for small numbers of pleasure craft. Instead, they waited until a certain number needed to go through or for the arrival of a vedette. All very time consuming..

By the way, were you talking about Matt or Matt's boat?
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I might get a couple of stickers made up "Maritime Gendarmerie", might speed things along a bit

I've been reading a bit about locks on the Seine and other parts of France, there seems to be a number of different construction types, each with their own hazards. Low sills protruding from the bottom of lock gates, floating bollards that jam up in their runners etc etc.

A common practice seems to be using sheet piling for the lock walls, ie. corrugated shape. The problem there is fenders tend to locate themselves in the "inny" bit, leaving your gunwales up against the "outy" bit. Hence why people use scaffold boards outside of their fenders. Plenty of rib fenders would be a good idea but as smallish boats we should be able to fend ourselves off anything dodgy without too much trouble.

The thing to remember is there's a huge amount of traffic continuously up and down the river, commercial and pleasure. If they can all manage it without too much difficulty then I'm sure we can
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Some bloke and his lady are getting married on the 29th April.
Not wanting to upstage them, but the real wedding of the year will actually be happening at the end of the following month . It may not be televised (or for that matter get you a day of work ) but it will mean no boating for me for a couple of weeks whilst we're off on honeymoon
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