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Old 13 June 2008, 06:39   #1
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Could this be operated in the UK?

Just out of interest, what would be required to operate this in the UK or would it even be allowed?

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Old 13 June 2008, 07:40   #2
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If it was allowed not sure if it would be viable as
you would not see alot as we have poor vis in most of the UK perhaps Cornwall or maybe Scotland
Saw one in Teneriffe when working there in Feb looked the same as the one on the link.
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On a dive 10 miles SE of the IOW last Sunday we had 3m of visability and that was considered good. It was lights out at 30m and torches on.

Vis often better West of Portland especially after a calm spell. Problem is you need shallow water and lots to see which means being close to the shore line. However on the south coast this probably means kelp which blankets anything living. Lulworth and Kimmeridge might be one location, Falmouth another. North Antrim Coast & Rathlin could also be good if you could find the customers.

As to technically, well you would have some fun getting that past the MCA as a coded boat.

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I am sure it would be a great success in the Bristol Channel - NOT!!!

Saw something similar in Gib but it was out of season so wasn't running.

I was lucky enough as a kid to go down in one of the Cousteau "flying saucers" - an experience I will never forget - the Red Sea is awesome!!!
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As to technically, well you would have some fun getting that past the MCA as a coded boat.

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That's what I was wondering-is there actually provision for something like that in MCA coding?

I could see something like that doing quite well off Cornwall but anywhere else, forget it...
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That would test Duncan

Back in the real world, it's probably difficult enough making a 40k rib ride business pay in this country at the moment, let alone that. The photo of it on the surface I think is its maximum depth btw.

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That would test Duncan

Back in the real world, it's probably difficult enough making a 40k rib ride business pay in this country at the moment, let alone that. The photo of it on the surface I think is its maximum depth btw.

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True. It's something very different though. The general public just see 'It's a speedboat ride innit' about rib rides.

The site says it goes to up to 250' down.

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Good grief thats deep. Took me nearly two hours to come back up from that depth. Well that opens up some possibilities. The Lusitania is only in about 84m and the German WW1 Grand fleet in Scapa Flow averages 44m for the bigger battleships.

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There are definitely places that something that dove to 75m would be useable in the UK, plenty of wrecks in that sort of depth in good viz.
problem with most of them is that they are either in highly tidal areas or far offshore where it wouldn't be practicable to use it.
Pity as some of the wrecks off North Channel would be superb if you had more than 20-30mins bottom time and even that is best part of 90-120mins deco to come back up!
The best viz is off the atlantic side far enough out to get away from rivers. Off Skerryvore you can see the wreck at 35m as soon as you leave the surface and Cape Wrath you can see the birds sitting on the rocks above the surface at 25-30m. Thats the sort of viz you need but both are far out in the middle of nowhere subject to tide and weather.
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True. With 3.5 knot performance there's not a lot you could do in tidal waters.
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