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Old 29 November 2008, 19:34   #21
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Transporting a trailer

We did it! We transported a trailer strapped underneath the 5.30m Quicksilver inflatable being towed by Halmatic Pacific 22. We did it thru the world's most tidal streams effected waters btwn Alderney and Goury (France). During spring tides it was. With currents reaching 5.7 kts during the passage or more just off Goury. It was not luck. It was meticulous preparations/calculations and the kindest help we received from Martin of the Alderney Marina and his lovely wife who showed proverbial Chinese patience with us, who gave us 1001 odds and bits we needed and most of all the spiritual support, the Braye life boat station crew who kept an eye on us during all the passage and the very owner of the 'Diver's Inn' who provided us with the essential info abt Goury waters. Greatest thanks to all of you! You made it happenned!
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We did it! We transported a trailer strapped underneath the 5.30m Quicksilver inflatable being towed by Halmatic Pacific 22. We did it thru the world's most tidal streams effected waters btwn Alderney and Goury (France). During spring tides it was. With currents reaching 5.7 kts during the passage or more just off Goury. It was not luck. It was meticulous preparations/calculations and the kindest help we received from Martin of the Alderney Marina and his lovely wife who showed proverbial Chinese patience with us, who gave us 1001 odds and bits we needed and most of all the spiritual support, the Braye life boat station crew who kept an eye on us during all the passage and the very owner of the 'Diver's Inn' who provided us with the essential info abt Goury waters. Greatest thanks to all of you! You made it happenned!
Why didn't you strap the trailer to the top of the inflatable?
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Old 30 November 2008, 02:45   #23
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We did it! We transported a trailer strapped underneath the 5.30m Quicksilver inflatable being towed by Halmatic Pacific 22.
Well done

There was only one moment where we thought your plan was doomed, as you passed a mile or two off Alderney Lighthouse we saw a huge puff of smoke and felt sure you had over-worked the engine.

This photo was taken just before:
http://www.alderneymarine.com/subtrailer/PICT1986.JPG

Next time you visit perhaps you can send the "excess baggage" by more conventional means?

Edit: You certainly picked your weather window, it is blowing a gale here again now.

Congratulations,
Martin
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Old 01 December 2008, 14:59   #24
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Stability

Stability was the reason the trailer was strapped undeneath Quicksilver. I'd rather not recommend towing it other way round. It would topple upside down. No doubts here!
We haven't done it in order to save money. Simply, there is not any suitable ferry connection btwn Alderney and UK or France at this time of a year. And we couldn't wait until a cargo vessel calling at Alderney once a week would pick our trailer and deliver it to UK.
Towing it with just bought Halmatic was the only option.
Nonetheless we read all your comments with great interest and we will draw constructive conclusion from some of them in case we ever need to the same thing in the future. However, I believe that Columbus would have never discovered America if he had thought in the same way as some collegues here.
I want to put the special emphasis yet one more time on help and assistance we received from Martin Smith of Alderney Marine, who proved to know the sea and all what is needed to combat the sea. Martin, you are The Pro!
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Here are a couple of great photos of the boat that caused of this being relaunched, safely in her new home in The Baltic.
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