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Old 15 August 2012, 11:37   #1
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Day Out

Took the old girl out the other weekend.
I kept it in Hartlepool marina for the weekend.
Had some nice weather and a good couple of days steaming about.

Managed to assist in a tow of a yacht who had lost his engine and head sail.
The old chap was flapping quite a bit.
He could have dropped the hook or raised his main sail but he was drifting in the tees anchorage; he just wanted to get out. I gave him a tow until the orange taxi arrived!

It was nice to be on the other end of the tow rope for a change!!

Then had a ride up the river tees.

Over the weekend the RIB behaved perfectly. New winch and wobble rollers doing their bit during the recovery.

I only managed to bugger a couple of things.

1, Fishing line, (and I mean a lot of fishing line), round the prop.
2, The switch on my instrument panel for the power to the radio has badly corroded and snapped off.
3, need to check the seal to the top of the fuel tank, (still paranoid about water getting in).
4, managed to bugger the clutch on my old trooper; never mind, I'll get another one on e bay, (trooper that is).

Good fun, looking forward to the next outing.

Lee
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Old 15 August 2012, 12:28   #2
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I launch from the private club slipway at south Gare on the yorks side of the tees if its too rough out at sea I've had some interesting runs up the river Tees save wasting a day ,
Greatham creek and seal sands used to be a good run at high water but once past the road bridge it's now a nature reserve for seals but you can go past one of the largest dry docks in the world where the old yankee Ghost ships are moored up and great for getting close to seals

Remember one Saturday afternoon about 15 years ago we had a run up to the transporter bridge and on passing a large Russian ship moored up 2 female crew members one looking like Bridget Nielson the other like yoko ono who shouted asked if we wanted to come aboard and have a drink ,, my mate Barney was up that ladder like a ships rat lol ,,all I had climbing the ladder was visions of the old buster crabb incident ,
Once had a bad incident though when a large tug was putting out to sea going at a fast speed causing a large vertical wash wave about 7ft high put it this way we went through rather than over ,, all you could hear on the VHF was moored up ships complaining to the harbour master about broken mooring lines and loading lines breaking .
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Old 15 August 2012, 15:10   #3
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Nice work fella.
Should get yourself down Staithes for Lifeboat weekend this weekend....
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Old 15 August 2012, 19:26   #4
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Sorry Bud, working Saturday and Sunday
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I launch from the private club slipway at south Gare on the yorks side of the tees .
Are you a member of the diving or sailing club, I assume you must pay a yearly fee to keep your key for the barrier at the top of the slipway?

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