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Old 13 July 2003, 05:43   #11
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Having towed down to the Solent from Gloucestershire many times in this my first season of Ribbing i have now come to the conclusion that keeping the Rib down nearer the water is my preferred choice. The reasons are many but mainly due to the time towing and the strain on my aging Espace. However an incident on Friday really made my mind up.
Having left home at 4.30am heading for Poole we made good time until 10mls out from Poole the bypass was blocked by the Police and all vehicles were diverted through a trading estate, due we found out later to a car on fire. Up to this point we had been pottering along at a steady 50mph or so. Then within 200yds of entering the estate travelling at about 5mls an hour i felt a stange knocking coming from the trailer. I got out to see what it was and could'nt believe it but the trailer wheel had two nuts left on it and they were just about to come off!!
Turns out on the trip before after a blow out and a wheel change my brother had tightened wheel nuts whilst jacked and failed to tighten further when dropped off jack. Suffice to say we were the next blockage on that stetch of bypass except for that cars misfortune!!!!
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Old 13 July 2003, 05:57   #12
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Anyway the wheel was totally gone with the nut bolt holes worn away and the studs a write off. Now theres me thinking how unlucky can a man be when i am told by a few guys in an engineering shop next to us that there is a trailer center 200mts up the road. We managed with the help of a few washers provided by those guys to hobble there and wait for opening time. The guys there did a great job stipping down the hub and sorting everything out for us so that we were actually on the water by 10.30am. It was at this point that i realised i was'nt an unlucky Ribster but actually the luckiest one alive. A car fire, an engineering shop and a Trailer center, somebody up there wanted me on the water that day
Thats the background to my reasons for now wanting a berth or storage down nearer the Solent, but now the hard part, finding one at a reasonable price. I was quoted 775 at Lymington marina for 2 months is this going to be the region im looking at, i hope not! Any advice would be much appreciated, im looking to leave the Rib down there until end of September middle of October time!
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Old 13 July 2003, 06:39   #13
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The cheapest and simplest solution is to keep the boat at Drivers Wharf on the Itchen River, Southampton. You pay a nominal monthly storage fee, and then pay to have it craned in. It's starting to become a real haven for Rib owners.

www.driverswharf.com tel: 02380 233302
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Old 13 July 2003, 12:12   #14
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I sent John Kennett some info on storage and dry berthing a little while ago with a view to setting up a section in the RIBnet Directory....

John, do you check your email?
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Old 18 July 2003, 04:57   #15
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Re: For Wavehumper

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Stu your not thinking of that 'orrible black thing (apparently called a sib but could easily have an RCD code for ocean cruising given its size) that has taken up residence in front of your house ? and does Jelly ever intend to collect it or will the missus post it to him in little pieces

Pete
It's not a big problem to me Pete, and I offered to look after it for Jelly, while he was moving house, which he has now done. But yes his boat was one of the ones I though would be suitable for Berthing at Ken Brown.

You have seen the state of my House, we got way too much stuff, it's spread everywhere and it looks like a tip. The inflatable adds a bit of class in my opinion

Regarding my lovely wife, Her main concern was to put us on a stronger negotiating platform with MDL

Gotta Go Grinch is coming to stay with us and we have to tidy up, a bit
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