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Old 01 July 2013, 17:50   #121
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Forecast is looking great, but I have a bit of a problem. Picked up my new car today but can't get a towbar fitted until the 15th. Hoping I can get a mate to tow the RIB down to Warsash slip. I live only 2.5 miles away but it's a long way to pull it by hand
2.5miles from Warsash..?

I can help. Hopefully I've got a +1 for the day, I can launch a little early then come and pick you up?

Let me know.
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2.5miles from Warsash..?

I can help. Hopefully I've got a +1 for the day, I can launch a little early then come and pick you up?

Let me know.
Thanks Wibs, much appreciated (as is AJ's offer). Hopefully my mate will be able to run me down, but will know by Wednesday evening so will let you know if I'm still struggling.

The annoying thing is that they have the bar and electrics ready to fit, but it requires an extra control module to be installed and they can't get that before the 15th
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Hi AJ, many thanks for that. Were you planning to launch at Warsash though? I wouldn't want you to go out of your way. Would be good to have a backup plan though as I'd be gutted to miss this trip (having been unable to do the round IoW recently).
Well 2.5 miles detour is nothing compared to the 130 mile trip down! Happy to be a backup.

Haven't looked into where I'm launching from yet, will launch where PeterM and Whisper decides.
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How about this.....?

Best I can do for now.


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Nice one Wibs. I'd meant to take a camera when I went down last week but forgot to.
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heck tell me this is low tide

else i`m doing stratford riverfest
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Well 2.5 miles detour is nothing compared to the 130 mile trip down! Happy to be a backup.

Haven't looked into where I'm launching from yet, will launch where PeterM and Whisper decides.
Okay, many thanks mate
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Hmmm looks like single file through most of that then. Who's going to be the guinea pig at the front......bagsy not me
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heck tell me this is low tide

else i`m doing stratford riverfest
Yes low....


But it gives me a lot more confidence, i'm actually more worried about getting under the bridges, but think as it isn't a big tide we should be ok.
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I've been down to Portsbridge this evening and walked from the western end to the railway bridge. I arrived there just under an hour after low water, and the creek had water along the full length (and was clearly flowing in from the western end). The shallow and most narrow point was where the high footbridge crosses both the A27 and the creek, about 400m from the Portsbridge end. At that point, there was no more than a few inches of water, and a collection of bikes, shopping trolleys and other debris was clearly visible.

Judging by the high water marks on the concrete parapets of the bridges, I'd estimate a high water draft of 8 to 10 feet, so even if we assume those high water marks are on a 5m tide, I reckon we should have no less than a 6ft (1.8m) under us at high water on the 7th.

At the second footbridge, which is close to the railway bridge and about 2/3 of the way along the creek, a number of metal or wooden poles protrude from the mud and stand near upright to a level that would see them just below the surface at high water. They are close to the southern parapet of the centre span of the footbridge but I'd advise staying well away from that side of the span when we make our passage.

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I saw the trollies....and a scooter.!! I took a shot of the second footbridge next to the railway bridge, but as I was up on the A27 I didn't see too much debris in the water. I think I saw that pole sticking up close to that southern parapet. We'll avoid.!!

I really don't think this will be a problem for any of the sibs, but as we'll be bringing a little extra 'draft' its worth us being cautious

Looking forward to it.
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