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Old 15 June 2007, 23:06   #11
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LTF, Dctucker;

Are we good to go for 7/1? How about a time? Do you know when the big ships sail? Meeting at 10:00 am would work for me, any thoughts.

Wait to here from you.


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Old 16 June 2007, 00:15   #12
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I will be there on 7/1 unless something happens, I do not know the time the boats sail but will work on getting that. I looked at the list of ramps around and do believe the oakland beach ramp is the best, its a twin cement ramp and very easy to launch from. It is also a nice ride right to Newport from there. 10 should be fine, Im only 30 minutes away from there and love the ramp. everyone is welcome to come on the trip.
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Old 18 June 2007, 09:41   #13
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Looks like I should be good to go. Just need an address or directions to the ramp from Boston, and a time. Wife will be in CA training, so it's me, the 7 y.o. and 19 m.o.

This is assuming my boat arrives from FL on Wednesday as scheduled. Should be picked up today...
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Old 18 June 2007, 17:22   #14
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The ramp is in Warwick RI. Here is a link with info and partial directions, http://www.risaa.org/newsletter/boat...and_beach.html. It looks like an easy drive from Boston area.

Hope this helps, let me know if yor need additional info.

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Old 18 June 2007, 23:00   #15
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those are good directions from boston or south of ri. There is a park and ride as soon as you take the exit on 117. lots of room for trailers. If anyone wants we could meet there and head to the ramp together. The ramp is pretty easy to find but I would be glad to show anyone that wants to follow me.
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Old 19 June 2007, 12:22   #16
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I'll try to leave Marblehead at 7:30. Google Maps says 1:53 driving time. I should be there around 9:30 if that's true! Of course, my normal M.O. is to arrive somewhere at the last minute, screeching in on two wheels!

Looks like a nice little scoot down the Bay to NPT. I have to take a look, but I think I've got an old Narraganset Bay chart on my sailboat. I've very familiar with the waters between the East Passage and the Naval Station in Middletown, but not above that.

Here's the site with info on the ships and schedule: http://www.tallshipsrhodeisland.org/index.html
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Old 19 June 2007, 22:50   #17
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Dctucker, I hope that you get your boat back this week. It would be great to meet you and your boat. I know the area pretty good down to the passages. From the boat ramp we will pass by Prudence island with quonset point to the right of us. you can see newport and jamestown bridge from there. I just am not sure the best place to view the boats as they leave. I am hopeing to talk to a couple of people who have seen them and get any helpfull ideas. It should be something special to see them leave the bay. We could always put on some blue strobe lights and escort them out......
If you want we could meet right off the highway and follow eachother to the ramp. Ill gladly give you a hand since your crew seems a little young and maybe a little inexperienced...

as for my new toy, just dont let my wife know how many "model" there are of the avons......
The boat was bought with only seeing one pic. I know I will need some patching, but hull was said to be solid. Didnt look like it was bottom painted and came with a jocky console. Paid $200 for it so if after picking it up and getting it back home it needs too much work Im not out a lot of money. Besides after reading about some of the projects on this site almost nothing is impossible. I wouldnt mind practicing repairs on a boat I dont have a lot of $ into. I just need to get a trailer and figure a time I can get down there to pick it up..
also I would never deprive you of the joy of rehabbing a boat yourself.................
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Old 20 June 2007, 22:12   #18
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My boat is sitting in the street in front of my house right now. Finally! Probably splash it and go for a ride with the 2 little crew tomorrow. My 7 y.o. daughter Dana wanted to go out as soon as we got home with it at 5:00 pm today. She loves to drive the boat. They may be young, but they're both plenty experienced. Both have been growing up spending lots of time on RIBs, following Mom around race courses the world over.

From looking at the site, there may be two good spots - Gould Island where they'll turn around, or whichever Passage they'll head out. Though I suspect there will be tighter control over spectator boats in the Passages. Blue strobes would help.

Where on earth did you find a $200 boat?
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Old 20 June 2007, 22:41   #19
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Good to hear your boat arrived. So, that makes three boats so far. I've never boated in that neck of the woods, but my gpsmap 498 is pre-loaded with all of the charts. That should make the going easier. Glad to hear that the kids enjoy the rib. My son is 23, now living in Philly, he too enjoyed boating until his teens, by which time doing anything with dad is not cool. Appreciate it while it lasts.

We plan on arriving before 10:00 and are looking forward to a great day on the water, See you then.

My cell is 860-726-3551 if there is need to contact.
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Old 21 June 2007, 09:32   #20
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Im glad to hear your boat is back dctucker. I am leaving this sat and wont be back until next sat. The time seams perfect to meet. If anyone want to meet right off the highway Id gladly meet them. There is a park and ride right off the exit. if now we can just meet at the ramp. there is a nice beach you can pull up on after launching to wait for others. My # is 401 699 1888 if anyone needs to contact me. Im only 30 minuts from the ramp. I will check this forum next sat to see if anything has changed. But I do plan on being there
As for the boat I foubd for $200 I found it on craigslist. Just got lucky. Ive only seen one pic but the hull looks fine. one tube leaks air preety good from another patch. The other tubes hold air for a day or two. It also has a jocky console included with steering. I hope its worth it. Its going to cost me more to get it back to RI than it did for the boat. I just hope its worth it
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