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Old 31 August 2013, 16:56   #11
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My Mrs is in Southend at the moment, if she stays over then I have a pass for the day!

What time are you planning on launching? I'll stick the camera on charge and figure out the feathers - if I can't make it then I'll let you know.
Plan to be on the water by 10.30 to 11 from Northney marina if you can make it
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Old 31 August 2013, 17:15   #12
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I did think of that, but on my sib the best I could muster was a very small coke bottle which was going to next to useless
I'd have probably given it a try! 500ml coke bottle would float 0.5kg of 'weight'. 12mm 3 ply weighs about 60g /m so I'd have thought you'd get it floating if you were in 8m of water? Had a quick peak at the Solent chart and provided you were South of the fort you'd have been OK for water...? That said the words 'Numerous Cables' appears on the chart so maybe you didn't want to have an anchor anywhere near there!

Would have needed a plot on GPS to find it again and even then a coke bottle is not very visible. Would have also worried about other boat propellers...
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Old 31 August 2013, 17:22   #13
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I'd have probably given it a try! 500ml coke bottle would float 0.5kg of 'weight'. 12mm 3 ply weighs about 60g /m so I'd have thought you'd get it floating if you were in 8m of water? Had a quick peak at the Solent chart and provided you were South of the fort you'd have been OK for water...? That said the words 'Numerous Cables' appears on the chart so maybe you didn't want to have an anchor anywhere near there!

Would have needed a plot on GPS to find it again and even then a coke bottle is not very visible. Would have also worried about other boat propellers...
Yep lesson learnt and I was north of it in more water than that!
First one I have had to cut loose in many years of boating so I can live with.
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North's quite deep!
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Iím thinking of going to the beach I met you on (East Head) to drop the wife & eldest daughter off (as she has managed to dislocate her knee cap!) So we can go out and have a play as anything over displacement seed is out for her! My Brother in law should be out in his boat too.
I was hoping to get round the IOW but weather not looking so good now!
Great where's he launching from as he and I need a little chat
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Sorry to hear you lost your anchor and feathers.

Never anchor off the fort. Too many drifting boats to be safe. Besides only really a mackerel and bass fishing area and it's better to drift off and around the fort to cover a larger area.
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Sorry to hear you lost your anchor and feathers.

Never anchor off the fort. Too many drifting boats to be safe. Besides only really a mackerel and bass fishing area and it's better to drift off and around the fort to cover a larger area.
Thanks for the tip, will not be doing it again!

Had a blast round the IOW to day 61 miles and a lot more fuel burnt than Friday but a great day out again
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Nice pic! Never get bored looking at the Needles Lighthouse, how long did it take you and did you do any fishing around the back of the island?
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Nice pic! Never get bored looking at the Needles Lighthouse, how long did it take you and did you do any fishing around the back of the island?
No fishing as had the family with me, we had a very leisurely trip round at 20kts taking it very easy as my eldest daughter is on crunches having dislocated her knee we did round IOW & Hayling too with stops at the Needles for picnic and then a stop at the cafe at the entrance to Langston harbour.
Recon we where out for about 6 hours.
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How were you pulling to free the anchor?

If you motor up to where you dropped and it's snagged, you should put out a good deal of slack (at least as much slack as half the water depth - more is usually better), and motor on straight, then try pulling again so you're pulling opposite the direction the anchor is set. If that doesn't work, try pulling at 90degree angles to the direction it was set. Assuming you've got time (and inclination) the more directions you can pull, the more likely you are to break the set.

If it's really hung up, pulling harder straight up or in the direction it was set will result in a bent or broken anchor or a snapped rode.

I will say that occasionally you'll get a set that is very unlikely to be breakable from the surface. I've dove on and cleared two of my friends' hooks that were stuck, and bent one of my own. Mine had the flukes slipped under a thick piece of shale; one of my friends managed to drop the hook into a vertical slot that had an opening just barely large enough for it to fit, with the flukes stuck on an overhang - took a bit of fiddling to extract that one by hand.)


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