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Old 18 August 2009, 17:15   #11
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Pete - I've just watched your little video as research for a forthcoming few days at Coniston. Don't want to preach - but:

1. You don't have the kill cord connected
2. You were letting go of the tiller - whilst this nicely proved that the engine was balanced etc - you didn't have control and hitting an unseen submerged object (e.g. branch) could have cause a sudden violent turn. Obviously your throttle tension is set so it doesn't spring back to tick over either.

If you don't understand the implications of this please search the forum.
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Old 18 August 2009, 18:52   #12
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Hi there, just wanted to throw my two'peneth in.
I launched from Keswick last week and Ullswater the two weekends before. Both were great.

At Keswick we launched from the public slip behind the theatre. Costs just 5 and you leave your car & trailer there on the shingle beach. Just follow the signs for the theatre on the lake, on approach to theatre DONT enter car park on left but bear right where signs show red roundel for no cars, access only. 1/4 mile road opens up and on right is a cabin selling sweets etc. Tihis is where you purchase your launch ticket. They will tell you where to go/launch. No closing time etc

At Ullswater we stayed on the Waterside house farm campsite on eastern shore, they have their own free launch but you should ring and see if you can pay as a non resident. The great thing about this site is close toilets, shop and snack bar selling hot food and drinks.

Next door so to speak is park foot campsite, They definately allow non residents to launch and park for about 3 . Just have to go to reception first.

Glenridding also has a good launch i believe, but cant comment too much.

If you need any further advice about these then let me know.

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Old 18 August 2009, 19:01   #13
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No jetski you are wrong! You DO have to register your boat on Windermere, it costs 10 per year (but if you register now it still only runs to the end of the year!) plus a one-off fee of a fiver for the numbers.
If you can get your boat into the water without a trailer, it's free to launch as often as you want. If you have to take your trailer down the slipway they charge you 10 for each launch.
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Old 18 August 2009, 19:39   #14
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No jetski you are wrong! You DO have to register your boat on Windermere, it costs 10 per year (but if you register now it still only runs to the end of the year!) plus a one-off fee of a fiver for the numbers.
If you can get your boat into the water without a trailer, it's free to launch as often as you want. If you have to take your trailer down the slipway they charge you 10 for each launch.

Does your boat display SSR numbers?
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I was there on Saturday for the first time. I had to fill in the boat registration form and they gave me a registration number, with large stick-on numbers to put on the boat.
However the guy said that I would be better off putting them on a board and tying that onto the boat, as they would not survive inflation/deflation etc. He said to just "keep them with me" and put them on "next time" so that's what I did.
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Pete - I've just watched your little video as research for a forthcoming few days at Coniston. Don't want to preach - but:

1. You don't have the kill cord connected
2. You were letting go of the tiller - whilst this nicely proved that the engine was balanced etc - you didn't have control and hitting an unseen submerged object (e.g. branch) could have cause a sudden violent turn. Obviously your throttle tension is set so it doesn't spring back to tick over either.

If you don't understand the implications of this please search the forum.
Yes i now do understand what i was doing wrong,i have learnt from my mistakes and will stay on the safety side of things,thanks for pointing out the error of my ways.
Cheers.
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|I am at keswick Camping and caravaning site as i type,the rain has just stopped and only managed to get out once on the lake since sat,thanks for the info on launching by the theatre,might walk over there later on to see what the launch is like,on this site its pretty good,pay a fee of 3 a day launch or 14 for the week,also thanks for the info on windermere Lightning,hope to get over there within the next week or so.

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I'm a bit confused (nothing new there then) about speed limits in The Lakes. I believe Windermere has a 10 mph (kt ?) limit. Are there any lakes in the North of England where you can use a boat without a very restrictive speed limit?
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Interesting thread. I've spent many hours sat by every lake in the district waiting for the right light so I could get a good photo. Now I wants me a decent SIB so I can explore some of the Jetties.
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