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Old 25 March 2011, 15:40   #31
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and yet 99.9% of people have never been moderated on here
Exactly 99.9% or are you generalising again?
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its just that uniforms.... and a certain degree of bossing people around and taking down details leaves a certain air of that, or at least shopping centre security guard
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Old 25 March 2011, 16:00   #32
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The RNLI will usually insist you use their rope and will contact you on CH16 and ask you if you accept full responsibilty for the tow.
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Old 25 March 2011, 16:05   #33
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uniforms, blue lights...
...Are always going to attract a certain type of volunteer but if they didn't do it then there wouldn't be a service.

Over here we have 12 different volunteer police forces (one for each parish) as well as the "proper" police force. Unbelievably the head honcho of each volunteer force has more powers than the paid officers

Not bad for an island 9x5 miles
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I'm foreign so could well be wrong but are we confusing HM Coastguard who coordinate SAR with the volunteer Coastguard Rescue Service who respond to land based rescues?
the mca coordinate rescues,and they task hm coastguard rescue teams and can call on any number of search and rescue assets
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Old 25 March 2011, 19:38   #35
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The other thing with an aux - make sure it runs once in a while!

If you are launching from a marina you can use it to get from slip / berth to the entrance, or if you stop for a picnic lunch somewhere can run it for 20 mins as you eat your sarnies to hold position. Either way, it is better to find out that it's got the huff in a scenario like that than when you really need it after it sitting doing nothing on your transom for a year!
Speaking from experience, I couldn't agree more.

I have had failures on the aux engines on both my last boat and the current one, both due to fuel contamination. I have no idea how it got in there - always filled with clean fuel and breather always kept closed, but it did. I found out about it in both cases on a test run on a nice day when I decided I would bimble along with some dolphins for a while on the aux and then found it wouldn't run properly. In the case of the Merc Sailmate, it was almost brand new when it happened.

I think with an aux, pulling out the fuel tank and flushing it out properly is probably a good idea once in a while. I try and run mine at least every second or third trip for at least 10 minutes.
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