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Old 27 August 2008, 12:49   #1
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River run.

A few photos from last weekend. Coming in after hours in a heavy storm. Got back just in time for the sun to come out.

Sorry for the blurry photos, my girlfriends hands were purple from the cold, and she kept missing the focus button. No photos from the storm, the camera was in the dry bag.
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Old 29 August 2008, 11:40   #2
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Ummm. Where was that?

Pretty ugly clouds in the first shot.


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Old 29 August 2008, 15:37   #3
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Ummm. Where was that?

Pretty ugly clouds in the first shot.

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The first and the second photo were taken within seconds of each other.

It had already started to rain a little. Two minutes later a wall of water and violent cold wind, combined with a little hail hit us. It got as dark as night and stayed that way for about an hour & a half and then cleared up slowly.

We had headed away from the storm in the hope that we could find some shelter, or at least a place to land. The river is lined with very large, sharp rocks on this stretch of water, and impossible to beach. We knew we were in trouble when we were past by close to a dozen boats running around 50mph just before the rain hit.

I finally just turn the little boat around and headed into the storm. Not fun, and I couldn't see shit, but it shortened the pain a bit.

By the time we got back to Frankfurt, it was over. Those are the last three pictures.

We were on the Main River in Germany, north east of Frankfurt.

I need a bigger motor, much, much bigger.
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Good stuff. Despite the cold, did your GF enjoy the outing?
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Old 30 August 2008, 05:48   #5
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Good stuff. Despite the cold, did your GF enjoy the outing?
After the hot shower, she said she had fun, and we are fixing to go back out again today. She woke up the next morning with a bad cold, but didn't complain, so I was real proud of her.

I tested her years ago, concerning the major compatibility issues that I could foresee becoming a future problem. She past the early test, and did it again in the storm. For a city girl, she is pretty tough.

We were out last night for a couple of hours in a boat parade, not to many photos, but I will throw some up tonight of the Frankfurt Museum Row Festival, taken from the river, that is if we can get through the locks today.

The Sport Boat locks we have to pass through are broken again (as always), meaning we have to go though with the commercial barges and hotels ships. I hate this, we are so small when they power up to leave the locks the thrust from their motors always knocks us in the little inflatable up against the back wall, like a tiny leaf on the water.

We got through last night with a bunch of other sport boats, so it wasn't that big of a deal. But coming home we were stuck behind a 6 story tall (that is at least how tall it seemed) hotel ship, and had several hundred people on the ships deck watching.
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Old 30 August 2008, 06:05   #6
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Photo #1 - Rescue boats in waiting.

Photo #2 - The long arm of the law, a commercial barge, and a hotel ship in the background in front of the Frankfurt Dom.

Photo #3 - The long arm of the law, and several day tour ships in the background in front of the Frankfurt Dom.

Photo #4 – More police, another barge.

Photo #5 – Rescue boat.
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I tested her years ago, concerning the major compatibility issues that I could foresee becoming a future problem.
Good plan - more should consider it! After all, would you buy a RIB just because it has nice tubes and a sound transom?
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Good plan - more should consider it! After all, would you buy a RIB just because it has nice tubes and a sound transom?

I'd be mighty tempted.
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