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Old 09 September 2007, 17:02   #121
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Your built in fenders. it's your ONLY attribute. We dont want any damage to our beautiful craft. Also, there's always loads that say 'yes' coz it's kinda like giving a prefect badge to a little nerd. excellent volunteer fodder!
just what wen't through my mind , i asked what they were paying , and declined when they said it was voluntry and not even fuel was covered . I am used to dealing with that sort of arrogant rich git down here in my business .
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Old 09 September 2007, 17:08   #122
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Oh well, never mind, plenty more where you came from.
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Old 09 September 2007, 17:29   #123
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Oh well, never mind, plenty more where you came from.
yes there is i have met a few all exited and full of thier own imprtance cos they helped as rescue boats for the day most only go to see the crashes , and they rarely seem to be disapointed with the huge swells inside the breakwater in Plymouth sound .
me I just went round the headland away from the noise and stink caut a few fish and cooked them on the beach , i felt well ard as i gutted them with my bowie knife
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Old 09 September 2007, 17:32   #124
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i felt well ard as i gutted them with my bowie knife
That's the spirit, you're getting the hang of it now Rambo.

Being serious for a moment, it is a shame that class one, is now no more than circuit racing in sheltered waters......Now when I was a lad..............
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Old 09 September 2007, 17:52   #125
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When i was a lad I would have loved to have watched . It seems the sport doen't really cater for fans or spectators . I looked on the net etc with ideas if watching but there was no info of the course or route to plan a day as a spectator . We wen't for a cruise the day before round plymouth barbican on our way in to look at all the race boats etc, there is clearly tons of money thrown at it by sponsors etc , so surprising that there was such a lack of public info or ecouragement .
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Even if you do turn out to watch, the 'safe distance' they control for Class 1 and P1 these days and the fact that you're not allowed to be in the centre of the course, has made it less of a pleasure.
You need a ferkin long, fast lens if you wanna get decent pics too from the controlled safe distance.

BTW, I find that whilst a little messy, using a stihl chainsaw to gut the old 10oz fishes far more suitable, you don't wanna feck about with a poxy little 'Bowie', they're for poofs.
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Last year some of my friends watched P1 Cowes from the water I chose to watch from the land and had a great view did the same this year, it's a pity but as you say due to safety measures these days watching in a boat can be a bit to distant do agree some years back watching by boat was the bol*$"s and had the added bonus of being taken back to Southampton by Gordon McMath on a Revenger 29 with a I think a 315 yanmar in it
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Just to show how old I am. I watched the very first Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race from my 14ft fletcher off Cowes. It was scary. Crews came back with injured backs, broken legs etc. The following race was when a P1 flipped , threw the crew out and continued onto Gurnard beach and killed a couple of spectators. However, the first race was the birth of international offshore racing.
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Old 09 September 2007, 18:57   #129
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BTW, I find that whilst a little messy, using a stihl chainsaw to gut the old 10oz fishes far more suitable, you don't wanna feck about with a poxy little 'Bowie', they're for poofs. [/QUOTE]

good idea that chainsaw , could also use it to rescue hard boaters from thier cocpit when capsized

Now Johny on a seriouse note , given the fact you dislike ribs , what you buy as fast safe family boat under 6 m in lenght . It got to be easy to swim from and stable and comfy if the sea is a bit rough .
There are plenty bigger hard boats that may equal or be better then a ribs but smaller ones seem to be all built for the shiny pose factor and don't appear to be as seaworthy as a rib .
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Most of the shiney stuff, sub 21' is either intended for super high performance, or real cheap, nasty, flimsey dross. not an easy gap to fill. I'd say one of the small whalers, or maybe even a older style Fletcher Fish n Ski, both being foam filled sandwich and 'reasonably' beamy (especially the whaler).

However, I'm no expert on those sort of boats, so not really the right bloke to be gobbing off. When gobbing off, I'll stick to high quality performance boats vs the blow ups.

I said to old man Manning a few days ago, If I didn't know anything about the pucker quality performance hard boat stuff out there (now rather rare), and bowled up at a uk boat show, I wouldn't look twice at the hard boats they have on offer, as they're either yank lake boat dross, or one of the poor excuses we have for their uk equivelent these days. So I do 'kind' of understand many ribnobbas feelings that they're inferior in quality, or if it roughs up.... however, the pucker stuff really aint like that shite you see at the shows these days. As an old hard boater, it's all rather embarasing turning up to excel to find a pink Fletcher on display! I suppose they may have been attempting to appeal to the rib punters. you're still a bunch of nobs though.
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