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Old 06 July 2002, 13:31   #1
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Where the heck are they?

Hi folks

Weekend off and Quicksilver back in Scotland !

You may remember that I tried to arrange a 'Highlands Explorer' week for sibs and small ribs, throgh BIBOA, whilst I was up in Scotland.

Well it never came off. I had one reply and they couldn't make it after all!

Now some may say that it was too close to the Hebridean Cruise, but I don't think that was the problem as they were all bigger ribs anyway and my cruise was for smaller boats.

Perhaps the Scottish Highlands is too far for most people to travel to?

Perhaps there are very few people with sibs like mine? Perhaps those that have ones like mine use them as tenders only?

So what do I do now? Shall I give up and carry on alone?

Surely there MUST be some more owners of small ribs and sibs out there who think a little more adventurous than a quick 100 yards off a sandy beach on a flat calm day in a busy shipping lane?

I know that it was fun to go out with other boats on the SoC weekend, BUT I know that my little craft is not up to keeping up with most ribs. So what I need is to contact owners of sibs like MINE.

It is great fun to be out in a smaller boat, yes you have to be more careful about where you go, but believe me I'll bet I've taken Quicksilver into some far more excitig places than a lot of 'park it in the marina and just sit there admiring it' types.

So where the heck are you, you small rib and sib owners. Answer the call, get out your copy of the 'good Launch Guide 2003' or visit www.boatlaunch.co.uk (don't forget the xmas card Geoff) and find some adventurous places to go.

Better still contact me and lets make some arrangements for later in the year or next summer.

You lot with big ones can help as well. If you see ANYONE with a small rib or sib tell them, nay, order them, force them, cajole them to join ribnet and make contact.

Bring the sibs and little ribs out of the closet! Actualy that would probably be quite literaly the case for a sib.

Admit you have a small one and then get on with having some fun.

Brian - Orkney next year if I can get some one to take their boat along as well.

Keith (reports of my own Highland adventure later) Hart
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Old 08 July 2002, 17:17   #2
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Ok I'll come out of the closet - but only once!

My little boat is a bit neglected as she's been shut in the garage all year, and I'm likely to be very busy until December. At least that means I won't fall out like I did last year. - at 16kts!
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Old 12 July 2002, 08:39   #3
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A Home in the sun

Pepper,

If you feel the need to send your neglected boat on holiday, then what better than a summer in Dorset? Parked on my drive, 3 miles from the nearest slipway, regular exercise.

What more could a boat want?

Russ (fingers crossed) Haley

p.s. Is it big enough to dive off?
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Old 12 July 2002, 17:00   #4
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Hmmm...

Could come to that - I've been contemplating putting the little lassie up for sale as I keep going out in bigger boats.

BTW you can certainly dive off my little boat - I did (wasn't planning to, though!) although I think that you diving types are in the habit of:
a) stopping before leaving the boat
b) making sure that there's someone left on board
c) wearing a wetsuit

But my major problem now is that having joined Keith in the SIB section of rib.net, I can't leave... well, that would be disloyal, wouldn't it? And my little boat has recently benefited form the installation of... (wait for it... drum roll please... ) an auxiliary engine!
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Old 16 July 2002, 14:58   #5
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Okay, okay, okay

Is there ANYONE out there with a small RIB or SIB who is up for some adventurous exploring and cruising off the Scottish Highlands next year?

Keith (no wave too big, no rocks too sharp) Hart
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Old 16 July 2002, 15:55   #6
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Hi Keith,
If my boat fits the bill and we can find a convenient date, I'm very interested.
Also interested in staying at your place later in the year but will contact you direct.
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Hi Andy

YOU can be the safety boat.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Keith (let's make it happen) Hart
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Old 17 July 2002, 16:48   #8
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Hi Keith,

My kids may be interested thay got a boat from Toy R Us.
Think its not much bigger than yours and they are good with the paddles.

If you want i will ask them if they want to go.

Sorry Keith couldnt resist

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OK Keith.
I've joined.
Application form Mr. President please, for the SIB section of BIBOA.
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Now I've seen it all...Brian you are losing your marbles!
Hey, I want to join too, mine has a MOTOR!
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