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Old 12 July 2011, 18:23   #21
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Have a look at the seams on yours, vs the ones on my old one (no horizontal tube seams) and the one on Ebay. Mine was definitely Strongon (PVC).
Mine is the same seams as the one on ebay, another tell tale sign (apparently) is you can normally see bits of old glue thats has discoloured and turned brown on seam joints etc on hypalon boats, you can see those on the pics on ebay and also on my boat. Guess i'll never know until i take it in for a repair!!
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Old 12 July 2011, 18:52   #22
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I have an 80's ZED 34 - tubes same inside as out - it is most definataly PVC.
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Old 12 July 2011, 19:03   #23
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This'll be your island destination then??
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Old 13 July 2011, 07:52   #24
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Yes thats the one, she's a beauty!!

Im posting off my phone again so hopefully this link will work!!

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How far is it to Piel island? If you do end up going, make sure you put some pics of it up, wouldnt mind seeing what the trips like
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Old 14 July 2011, 16:17   #26
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How far?? depends where you launch from. The channel is not wide BUT it is very busy at certain times. I have just delivered back a 36 knot,12m rib ( well not really a rib but it looks like one and thats what everyone calls it) and arrived at Piel around 5pm. So many windfarm boats coming in to Barrow-like a main line station. Ya dont wanna be crossing in front of that lot
Our trips were very pleasant barrow to Workington yesterday and back from Workington today, trimmed up and flat out, suspension seats ironing out the waves in a boat with all the bells and whistles - and they pay me to do it---ah bliss
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How far?? depends where you launch from. The channel is not wide BUT it is very busy at certain times. I have just delivered back a 36 knot,12m rib ( well not really a rib but it looks like one and thats what everyone calls it) and arrived at Piel around 5pm. So many windfarm boats coming in to Barrow-like a main line station. Ya dont wanna be crossing in front of that lot
Our trips were very pleasant barrow to Workington yesterday and back from Workington today, trimmed up and flat out, suspension seats ironing out the waves in a boat with all the bells and whistles - and they pay me to do it---ah bliss
Can i have one of those jobs please! Good on you! haha, just thinking if the crossings quite far is it do-able by sib?
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Old 15 July 2011, 16:55   #28
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This is the chart plotter as we came up on Walney Island. Line of windfarm vessels approaching Barrow shown as the blue arrowheads. We are shown as the black vessel.
Piel is circled in red with red arrow and on the port side of the vessels as they enter the channel.
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Old 15 July 2011, 17:03   #29
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and just to **** you off this is the top of the AIS/plotter/radar/sounder showing our speed and heading
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Old 21 July 2011, 19:28   #30
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An article in the local paper detailing how dangerous the tides are at Piel, i've witnessed the tide coming in here and believe me its faster than you can run!!


Tragedy prevented by quick acting ferryman

A DAD and his six-year-old daughter were rescued after they became trapped on a sandbank by the incoming tide.

By Suzanne Murphy

The holidaymakers were rescued by the local ferryman John Cleasby just as Barrow RNLI lifeboat was about to be launched.

The incident has prompted a rescue spokesman to warn people of the dangers of walking on the sands.

The alarm was raised at 1.05pm yesterday.

Barrow’s RNLI inshore lifeboats were paged to launch immediately to a report of a man and girl trapped on a sandbank between Piel Island and Walney, by the incoming tide.

The crew had the lifeboat on the slipway and about to launch by 1.10pm when they were approached by local ferryman who had two people on board his boat.

They were a 41-year-old man and his daughter from Scotland, who had been holidaying in the area.

The man told crews he had asked advice from local people about walking from Walney to Piel, across the sands, and he had either been advised wrongly or misunderstood the instructions given.

John Falvey, Barrow lifeboat spokesman said they had spent the morning looking around Piel then had set off to return to Walney just as the tide was flooding in.

He said: “One channel comes around the west side of Piel Island whilst the main channel comes around the east side, and completely surrounds the island and anyone on the sand.

“Luckily, local ferryman, John Cleasby saw what was happening and went to their aid. They were a little bit shaken when they realised what could have happened, and were extremely grateful to John, the lifeboat crew who turned out to help, and also to the gentleman who kindly offered to drive them back to Walney.

“We would like to remind the public that walking on the sand can be very dangerous if they don’t know what they are doing, or choose to go at the wrong time of day.

“Our advice would be, go as part of an organised walk, or catch the ferry, but if in doubt don’t chance walking it on your own, stay safely on shore.”
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