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Old 17 May 2012, 14:30   #91
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Guys,what time do you want to meet up on the sat morning at port edger.Forgot to mention before,the folks that are bringing the motohome your best parking is to the west end end of the trailer park,and there is a heated toilet/shower block on site as well as cafe,looking forward to the trip up river and hope the weather improves.PS the only difference between good and bad weather is the wrong clothes. Alan.
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Old 20 May 2012, 09:06   #92
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I vote for a 10am launch. I had a trip out yesterday from PE and saw 3 ribs which was good to see that I was not the only glutton for punishment. It was a hard trip up to Kirkaldy where it was getting F5 with some spine crunching rollers and my 'crew' had had enough of the waves so we went exploring up river where it was better.
I had to use a 5m strop connected to an old (still ok) 7m winch strap and that just did it. Easy peasy this time. I was very jealous of the other rib driver who just reversed his truck straight in to recover...felt like shouting 'cheat'.
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Old 20 May 2012, 15:17   #93
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Well I was very impressed with your recovery as there was no shouting or waving of the arms. The tide was as usual trying to pull the boat across the trailer but that PE for you. As you can imagine I try to keep my beemer out the wet stuff after the first day I ever launched at PE the tide nearly got me as my exhaust was blowing bubbles!
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Old 21 May 2012, 12:26   #95
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10 am would be good for me ,plenty of time to get up to stirling .was up at stirling today looking at the river, I would perefer to be up there at higher tide.
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I went for a trip on the F&C "pub taxi" and had a long chat with one of their members who took (and wil lbe taking) their "model puffer" (Maryhill) up. I took copious notes which I will need to translate into "rib compatible" notes, as their boat only does about 6 knots flat out, and draws a bit more than your average RIB, so the "leave here by X o'clock to ensure enough water at Random Mudbank whilst steaming at 6 knots into a 5 knot water flow" notes will need modified!

There is a seriously rocky & shallow bit round the corner form the Rowing Club (I saw photos) that is only passable at high-ish water, and there is the ford at Cambus that causes all sorts of tidal weirdness upstream, although wit ha rib's power - weight ratio it shouldn't cause any problems.

I'll post back once I have figured it all out, but those times seem to be reasonable.

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Here are a few photos of rowing club and bridges at low tide today
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some more the last one is looking towards the new campus at the raplock
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The bit at rowing club is on the left hand side before the rowing club ok at high water but watch at low water very rocky and built up with rocks
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Well I was very impressed with your recovery as there was no shouting or waving of the arms. The tide was as usual trying to pull the boat across the trailer but that PE for you. As you can imagine I try to keep my beemer out the wet stuff after the first day I ever launched at PE the tide nearly got me as my exhaust was blowing bubbles!
Trick is to get the wife doing the hard work while I hold the rib lined up with the trailer. It's going back in on Thursday for another 2 months before it needs cleaned again
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