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Old 02 November 2006, 11:27   #21
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Hey Gang,
Since we have a new North American edition of RIBNet I figured I'd better check in.
We live and work in British Columbia.
During the early spring we do Heliskiing from the big boat we land the heli on the back deck and take the guests off to top of the mountains.
sea level to 4,000+ feet in a few minutes.
Then during the summer the big boat is used as a salmon fishing camp.
9 guests every 5 days. Big tyee( 30+lbs. Chinook) and coho and halibut.
some of the best fishing on the BC coast.
We have used the big boat for a few different movies extreme heliskiing and last Nov. we had the IMAX 3-D crew on board for a month filming
Underwater 3D very interesting movie when seen on the huge IMAX screen.
A thrill being part of that one.

Our RIB is 28ft. with twin Yamaha 150hp 4cycles does 42knots with just me on board and will carry 8 people and a lot of gear.
It is a real blast running it.
happy trails
hank
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Old 02 November 2006, 11:33   #22
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wow, don't you guys live the life. Heli landing on the back of your boat, a 9m Polaris, and Imax filming! How do you get into that line of work?
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Old 02 November 2006, 12:15   #23
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Our RIB is 28ft. with twin Yamaha 150hp 4cycles does 42knots with just me on board and will carry 8 people and a lot of gear.
Is that with the IMAX camera, or not. That thing, as I recall, is about hte size of a Volkswagen Beetle...

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Old 03 November 2006, 10:08   #24
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Some time you got to be careful about wishing for things.
Just after I got my limited masters ticket I was talking with a friend saying that now all I need is someone with a yacht that wants me to run it. A couple months later my buddy told a friend of his about my wish then next thing I know I'm running a 110ft steel boat with a ROV-RIB-HELI for toys.
It has been a blast so far.

here are a couple pictures
1st one I'm lowering the IMAX camera into the water for another shoot
2nd me next to the camera filming crabs on a anemone covered rock

best wishes
hank
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Old 03 November 2006, 10:37   #25
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Lovely fish. Is that an average one or larger than normal, hank ?

make the most of it the British Press are now telling us that in 40 years we won't have any fish at all. Rumour has it, good old Tony and Gordon are thinking about taxing us when we go fishing now.
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Old 03 November 2006, 10:58   #26
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That Tyee was 52 lbs. the largest I saw was 60lbs.
most average 25lbs. and range from 12lbs. to 99lbs.
great fun hauling one in a few hours of serious work
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Old 03 November 2006, 11:02   #27
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Hank,

Do you eat it ?
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Old 03 November 2006, 13:46   #28
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Living off past glories......

Well I can't compete with Hank's lifestyle but I guess I should sign in as a North American ex-ribster if not current ribster. I'm Alan, originally from UK, moved to Newfoundland Canada in 04. Back in UK I've had ribs for 7 years or so and was a fairly early member of rib.net having met JK at the London Boatshow back in ohh 99 I think it was. Had lots of fun in a shared ownership BWM DS21 (that's the yellow one) and then my own Scorpion 7.5m. I've also circumnavigated UK with Brian (Ribnet member) on his Scorp 9.5m Cyanide and done a bunch of cruising with BIBOA.

Now sadly ribless in Newfoundland but do get afloat doing a fair amount of sailing over the summer. My missus (the Crazy Canadian) doesn't think we should buy a rib as I screwed my back up some years ago. However whilst driving by our local Mercury dealer this week where they had a big orange RIB for sale she was heard to say "Well, it would be kinda fun to have a RIB here!' So theres hope yet!

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Old 03 November 2006, 20:07   #29
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Hey Hank...

...can I be your new best friend???

Is that the same boat that MSP filmed their ski movie on a couple of years ago? It looks familiar. I've noticed a couple of boats running ads in Powder mostly... looks like a great way to go!

Have you crossed paths with John deBoeck out there? He owns (what's left of) the M.V. Clavella and is an old buddy of mine. He runs a little diving lodge at Browning Pass near Port Hardy. I was planning on coming out there last month with a friend from Victoria, but we couldn't get our schedules straight.
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Old 03 November 2006, 20:16   #30
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Probably just you and the coasties roaming about North Huron these days.
Yup, that's about it, 'cept I ain't seen the Coasties in a couple of weeks! I was in Huntsville yesterday on business and just dodged 12" of snow that arrived last night. Apparently it's still coming down, with roads closed, 100+ car accidents...

It just might be just about time to start wrapping the boat up and waxing the boards...!
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