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Old 11 June 2007, 12:20   #71
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Good to see you Matt on Saturday, I left Cowes at 6:30am this morning, as me and my brother both had work. You thought Saturday night was bad you should have seen Sunday night, soo many drunkards, that Pac 22 was there again going far too fast, I think the problem was it idled so high and he was going with the tide, the sensible people were slipping it in and out of gear. As you know I was on my parents yacht with the SR 4 safely tied up on the stern and in my opinion most of the ribs knew what they were doing and they were no great concern as they just bounce off.... The yachts however... I towed two off our anchor chain with the rubber dinghy within the space of half an hour, and one tit came in and bounced off everything before impalling himself on someones bowspirit! After 40mins of untangling himself he bashed into a raft of yachts and tied up. At midnight when the river was clear he did exactly the same thing again! Same boat. Everyone was shouting abuse!
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I know, one other boat we were with wanted to leave as they thought it would get to shallow, but I thought we'd make it out. Should have put my foot down and made sure we stayed to the end!
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Was good to see you too ADS. I was gobsmacked to see it coming upriver. Glad I didn't stay Sunday then...

HMJB- we were very close to grounding so you might have been wise.
We had to move twice using paddles during Muse's set to make sure we didn't ground and we had so little water under us when we left that the sounder wasn't registering. If we still had a flooding hull we might not have got out.


Did anyone notice how many unusual ribs were about? It's the 1st time I've seen a Flatacraft Force 5 or a Wildcat.
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I’ve now been contacted by the Cowes Harbour Master, and one of his officers.

They appeared genuinely concerned by the impression that had been given, and have even provided me with a breakdown of numbers of each type of vessel ‘spoken to’ over that weekend. The split between RIBs and Motor Vessels is almost even. Interestingly RIBs are split from ‘Sports Boats’.
I don’t think it fair to publish the content of their correspondence without asking permission.

My faith has certainly been restored, and actually boosted by the professional yet friendly attitude shown in the correspondence, the HM has said he will reiterate the need to be polite to all boat users and to act in an even-handed manner. The politeness of the officer was never in question however.
He assured me there was no new policy specifically targeted at RIBs. There is a new policy to have a more visible and active presence at the harbour mouth.

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Nasher, you may have done everyone a favour by making an issue out of your experience.
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Thank you Mr Nasher if all goes well should be in there Sunday so we can see how things are
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Sorry to be so negative but these days that is a polite way of saying "bugger off we can't be bothered"!!!
ACTUALLY,

For the rest of the week the behaviour of the water taxis / ferries was much improved and the RIB moorings were better supervised.

So, as far as i'm concerned Cowes HBR Authority responded well.
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Spent the afternoon there yesterday no problems, did see the harbour masters RIB. There was very littlle traffic while we were in for such a nice day.
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Spent the afternoon there yesterday no problems, did see the harbour masters RIB. There was very littlle traffic while we were in for such a nice day.

Glad to see you back on the water Neal
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Glad to see you back on the water Neal
Thanks Andy and thanks for your help the other week. I will put a post together soon about all the work I ve done this year but the end result is she started and run the best she ever has yesterday . I did not post we were going incase we had to give up on the slip again.
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