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Old 26 May 2003, 15:35   #11
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Just a bit of puppy fat ,So im told.
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Old 26 May 2003, 15:53   #12
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Sat 17 May - a bit lively on the Solent. 5 bods in my boat out to Hamble Point for a bit of training. During the reversing manouvres, water comes over the transom - "Don't worry" say I, "the bilge pump will cope"

More water into boat and no bilge pump. Start bailing with canvas bucket until all out.

When I got back to Mercury found that I had taken the bilge pump fuse out over the winter and not put it back in.

On recovery on the Sunday, drove the boat up onto the trailer when it got stuck half way. The painter had attached itself round one of the rollers.

All in all a w/e to be best forgotten.
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Old 26 May 2003, 17:32   #13
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Re: Re: Slipway attendant thoughts on Windermere

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Old 26 May 2003, 17:42   #14
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When things start going wrong, they just seem to get worse and worse...

A couple of years ago, Me and Mrs Pepper took Mrs Pepper's Dad's boat out down to Salcombe. We were due to meet up with the rest of the family later, so we borrowed a mooring near the ICC and spent a couple of hours reading and sunbathing. I shut down the engine and closed the seacocks as we didn't know how leaky or not the old boat was. Then later in the afternoon, we get a call from Mrs Pepper's dad (Dave) - they're waiting for us on the pontoon at Salcombe, accompanied by grandparents. Mrs Pepper gets anxious and we make a swift departure, not realising that the raw cooling water seacock is still closed.

We pick up the party from pontoon and head up river, then Dave decides it's time to drive his own boat for once. We go for a nose around the gin palaces, and promptly run aground at the entrance to Southpool Creek. Fortunately the tide's flooding, so with a re-distribution of weight we're off in a jiffy, but the engine has stalled and won't restart. And the floding tide is taking us very quickly towards a couple of million quid's worth of very shiny new motor yacht. Backwards, with the auxiliary engine's prop looking very sharp and meancing. So with a bit of cautious fending, we avoid some costly scraping along the hull towering above us.

We decided to head out towards the bar (harbour entrance, not the pub!) but as it's a bank holiday there's all types of craft everywhere. There's a dinghy race on the Salcombe side, so we go in close to Mill Bay, then Dave notices that the engine temperature has gone off the scale. He promptly turns around, and suddenly a big cloud of black smoke appears out of the exhaust and the engine stops. After a minute of faffing around, we realise that the flooding tide has once again got hold of us and we need to get under way before we encouner all the traffic entering Batson creek, so I rig the auxiliary. Just as i get it started, Dave shouts "Full astern, there's a yacht coming towards us, but watch out for the swimmer on the right!"

Well, the yacht turned out to be a Salcombe Yawl which passed from our port bow to our s'bord bow, and just when I thought we were clear of it, the damn thing gybes! I kept the auxiliary in reverse at full throttle, but these guys were really going for it, and under full canvas, they crunch into our s'bord bow.

The next audible noise is the torrent of four letter abuse from the Salcombe Yawl. The Yawl's skipper had obviously perfected the art of being obnoxious down to a tee. Dave wouldn't speak to him as he was being so outrageously rude in front of his wife, daughter and parents-in-law, so once he's calmed down I give him some details which aren't reciprocated, as we're **** and #### and !@&$ (so he told us!).

The yawl limps home with a broken bowsprit, we top up the oil and water, open the seacock and ignore the damage to the bow, then have a completely uneventful cruise home.
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Old 26 May 2003, 17:50   #15
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Wheel fell of the trailer this afternoon. Thankfully its a four wheel trailer and 2 tonnes of pacific rib was on her mooring at the time. Only noticed it missing about a mile down the road. Found the wheel that some kind soul had placed against a hedge and then the four wheel nuts further up the road. Must have been entertaining for the driver behind me.

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Pete did the same thing mate

Driving down to Herne bay slipway on Monday morning racing to get an early start i notice an almightly bang everytime we went over a speed bump, which was louder than normal, thinking no more of it we end up in Herne bay and find the jockey wheel had not been pulled up far enough and was dragging on the ground as we went along. dooh

Just prooves less haste and more thought is probabley more better than rushing to get there, just have to wait and watch the catastrophies some people have on public slip ways to affirm this, and glad to say its normally the speed boat and jet ski gang that normally have epics.

i counted 12 people standing watching one twat with speed boat deside to lower his boat back into the water on the trailer with a lenght of rope only to have the guy holding the rope let go, yes you've guessed the boat and trailer rolled straight to the bottom of the slip and only stopped when it hit the mud bottom, was even funnier watching him trying to tie the rope back around the end of the tow hitch to pull it out again getting totally soaked.

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Old 27 May 2003, 04:21   #17
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BUNGS!!

Right, own up.....who has launched their rib forgetting to put the bung in. I have!
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Old 27 May 2003, 04:52   #18
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Morning All

Yep i've launched the boat in Fowey without putting the bungs in and then moored her up over night only to find her the next morning about 2ft underwater. The bilge pumps had also decided to blow up from constant working and we took about 2 hours bailing it out. Nightmare.
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Old 27 May 2003, 05:39   #19
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Launched at Kimeridge and after a couple of hours wondered why the transom was low in the water !!

Suddenly it dawned on me, checked my pocket, and found the bung !!!!!

Charged round for a while and then put the bung in. Funnily enough the Land Rover struggled to get back up the slip.

It took an hour for the water to drain out.

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P.S. As for the time I launched boat, trailer, and 4wd; thatís another story that needs a few beers for me to repeat.
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Old 27 May 2003, 06:55   #20
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Go On mark own up you know you want to

Go Mark tell us all what happened

Being fairly new to owning my own boat but and i suppose having had a little experience in other peoples boats i tend to stop and think and take my time launching a recovering, there's no end of people who race onto the slipway and reverse straight back down to the water and then remember to remove the trailer lights and engine cover, then once the boat and trailers sat in the water deside this would be a good place to get kitted up, thus holding up anyone else waiting to launch, not to mention the damage done to hot trailer bearings being dunked straight after a run up the motorway. Also i've found if your taking someone else out they tend to get kitted up while your still de kitting the road kit from the boat so you end up rushing to get yourself kitted up and normally forget something trying to catch up, again time to slow down a bit and think.

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