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Old 02 September 2007, 17:49   #31
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Poor sod ran aground, it happens!
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Old 02 September 2007, 18:04   #32
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At least it was sand...

Some visiting sailor left his 37' sailboat on a shoal up here last week. Ths week, it is but wee bits of fibreglass, having been pounded to pieces with a week of strong winds. A friend of mine went out to see what could be salvaged at the request of the insurers. He brought back the spars, but that was it!

The shoal in question is the Emily Maxwell reef to the west of Fitzwilliam Island. It sticks out about 2 nm from shore, never having more than about 8' of water. Why someone would go anywhere near this well-charted chunk of limestone in a deep draft sailboat amazes me.... I think he must have been using a road map to navigate...
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That's exactly the thing isn't it? Brings back memories of a couple of years ago... there we were, 9pm and fading light, 7 miles out and 2.5 ft on the depth guage in a rough sea and building... It certainly sharpens your senses!

It's one hell of a treacherous area, and if you haven't experienced it then you'll never appreciate how it feels when you need to develop a new suvival method. Suddnely your planning, your chart plotter and everything except your depth guage and your senses are no use to you at all.
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Sounds like the Burry Estuary on a good day!!!
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Old 03 September 2007, 18:20   #35
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Sounds like the Burry Estuary on a good day!!!
Talking of which, your hull is probably due for another scrubbing now
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Old 03 September 2007, 18:27   #36
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Talking of which, your hull is probably due for another scrubbing now
Well overdue - looks like the barrier reef now.

May be time for a move - trying to organise my time - the weather and the tides to all line up is nearly impossible. When I go to check on the boat the tide is ALWAYS out!!!
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...When I go to check on the boat the tide is ALWAYS out!!!
That's 'cos it's only in for around 4 hrs/day

.........do you want to borrow some tide tables
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And talking of sand and landing planes etc

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/c...&nbwm=1&bbwm=1

The RAF are now using Pembrey beach which is about 1 mile from my home port to land Hercs on - training for desert use. There is planty of sand to choose from!!!
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/c...&nbwm=1&bbwm=1

The RAF are now using Pembrey beach which is about 1 mile from my home port to land Hercs on - training for desert use. There is planty of sand to choose from!!!

so thats why I saw one flying west along the M4 by Port Talbot on Monday. I thought he was a bit off course!
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Many years ago the USAF or USN managed to land a Herc. on an Aircraft Carrier in an emergency. I know this was also portrayed in a movie but it did actually happen.
That would certainaly be a "get out the brown trousers" experience.
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