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Old 20 February 2009, 20:07   #31
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I guess you can argue you might not want the anchor to auto deply as it may anchor the boat in an area of rough water that you may otherwise drift clear of ?
I have a dinghy sailing book somewhere in my loft that shows what could happen if a capsized boat "self anchors" - on a rising tide (too deep for the length of chain/rope available) the boat can potentially be pulled under the water. Even without that situation manifesting itself the boat will be a lot harder to write with a "hidden" tether to the sea bed than otherwise .

Anchoring a capsized boat is really about saving the property and wouldn't be my no1 priority.
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Old 21 February 2009, 08:55   #32
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Well, I tried them out. Thought I'd best do it on dry land first so talked to me dad through the bag. He could hear fek all for the rustling of the bag. He said I was unitelligible and he couldn't understand a thing I was saying because of the rustling and the muffled speech. I tried clingfilm too - it was equally bad.

No, I wasn't pished at the time.
Hehe ..

Some top research there JW I hope you varied your test equipment to include some old baked bean cans with string, as a control
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Well, I tried them out. Thought I'd best do it on dry land first so talked to me dad through the bag. He could hear fek all for the rustling of the bag. He said I was unitelligible and he couldn't understand a thing I was saying because of the rustling and the muffled speech. I tried clingfilm too - it was equally bad.

No, I wasn't pished at the time.
Jeff - but to be fair you're no spring chicken so your dad can't exactly be in the age band where his hearing is likely to be 100%
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Maybe I should start a freezer bag friendly section............

The Nokia N95 works perfectly - even outdoors.

I will test my stunning new HTC Touch later.
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Jeff - but to be fair you're no spring chicken so your dad can't exactly be in the age band where his hearing is likely to be 100%
Pardon...
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probably the pioneer of RIB thrill rides.

He was often criticised for having passengers sitting on the tubes with no seats but they did have a massive grab rail in the centre of the boat. I fully agree with him.
I strongly disagree with that. IMHO, the last place you want "punters" is sitting on the tubes.
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If you take a group of customers out for a thrill ride, you don't have a clue what their experience in boats is, how strong they are, or just about anything else about them. If they are sat on a seat in the boat and it gets a bit rough, chances are they are going to stay in the boat. If they are sat on the tube, there is a massive chance they could loose their grip on whatever they're holding onto, fall overbackwards and end up in the water. When we take people out we NEVER let them sit on the tubes.
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