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Old 11 January 2008, 15:53   #21
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Deffinately not the case. The Royal Artillery RADAR at Manorbier, Pembroke tracked two ribs all the way across the Bristol Channel for 45 miles, even recording the time we turned to enter the harbour at Barnstaple. This was before the days we started carrying RADAR reflectors.

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Oh it can be done in the right conditions but if RADAR was so good no small boat would ever be run down!!!

Once you get some waves and rain it all goes pear shaped!!!

Then again you already know that - was it your crowd who tracked you???
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Old 11 January 2008, 17:16   #22
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Old 11 January 2008, 19:06   #23
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Considering we are always being told that small boats are very hard to spot on radar I wonder if this is really the case. I brought my boat back from Guernsey(minus refelctor) with no interference at all. I then phoned the national yacht line before stepping ashore and they just didn't want to know - wouldn't even take my name and address to show that I had phoned. I then had to chase THEM to pay the VAT!!!

I know NautiBuoy had all sorts of fun with customs etc but we can over on a nice sunny evening when there were loads of boats around. Of course no drug smugglers would EVER think of that..............
to bring us vaguely back OT. What is the protocol for the filing passage plans with th CG from the Codship?
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Old 11 January 2008, 19:13   #24
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to bring us vaguely back OT. What is the protocol for the filing passage plans with th CG from the Codship?
Not a clue - it's pretty hard to find them at Burryport out of hours and the signal won't reach anywhere until you are around the headland anyway.

To me being at sea is one of the few freedoms left - it is great to leave your troubles behind - if only for a little while. I don't want to start having to worry about paperwork or procedures etc.

Swansea Marina have their own system where they log you out and then back in again - the lock operators are a good bunch who will soon spot if a boat is overdue.
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To me being at sea is one of the few freedoms left - it is great to leave your troubles behind - if only for a little while. I don't want to start having to worry about paperwork or procedures etc.
mmm... it seems plans are normally filed via VHF so not exactly paperwork... I do presume you have filed a CG66? whilst you can be a twat sometimes - it would be a shame if we didn't have the banter because you were so averse to procedures that the CG didn't know where to start looking for that luminous blue monster of yours,

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that will only work on a round trip...
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mmm... it seems plans are normally filed via VHF so not exactly paperwork... I do presume you have filed a CG66? whilst you can be a twat sometimes - it would be a shame if we didn't have the banter because you were so averse to procedures that the CG didn't know where to start looking for that luminous blue monster of yours,

that will only work on a round trip...
Yes I have filled in the CG66. I am sure the coasties would find me though - 2 vhfs - a mobile phone in a plastic bag - enough flares for Nov 5th and of course a depth charge so that the Irish Sea hydrophones will be able to get a fix.......
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whilst you can be a twat sometimes - it would be a shame if we didn't have the banter because you were so averse to procedures that the CG didn't know where to start looking for that luminous blue monster of yours,
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To me being at sea is one of the few freedoms left - it is great to leave your troubles behind - if only for a little while.
I find myself agreeing with the Codmeister.
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  1. How many of you file passage plans with the CG before setting off?
  2. How long (distance, time) does a trip have to be before you bother?
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Getting back to the original question, if I am going from the top of southampton water to the folly or Gosport and back should I file a passage plan with the CG?

For those of you who don't know the area we a talking about a 10 to 15 mile trip, one way, in an area (usually, make that always in summer) full of other vessels.
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Getting back to the original question, if I am going from the top of southampton water to the folly or Gosport and back should I file a passage plan with the CG?
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