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Old 09 August 2007, 20:37   #1
Country: USA
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Is this real?

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Old 09 August 2007, 20:40   #2
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Can't log in as I'm not a member. Have you different link.


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Old 09 August 2007, 20:48   #3
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Old 09 August 2007, 22:28   #4
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yes I remember hearing about that years ago
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Old 10 August 2007, 14:07   #5
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Originally Posted by codprawn View Post
I used to watch it (or something very similar) being tested here in our 'secret location'. It went through a great deal of development, with new bits added every time it appeared. All a bit James Bond.

'Tomorrows World' came all the way from their comfort zone to film it for the programme. Sadly the weather was terrible - gale force winds and heavy dark overcast. The underwater camera crew were really cheesed. 'How do you expect me to film a black submarine in the dark?' I think they did get some shots of it on the surface though.

Handy for me though, they chartered my ketch for three days to do a sequence on a talking echo sounder - I kid you not - designed to help the single handed sailor. We had great fun trying to hide ten people down below while the 'starlet', apparently sailing alone, sipped his gin in the saloon while listening to the sexy electronic voice calling the depth. We were sailing directly towards another film crew marooned on an island, with me steering with one finger while hiding in the companionway and looking astern . When they radioed they had a great shot the starlet emerged and tacked the boat - sh*t, we were really close . The echo sounder didn't scream, just told us the water was getting deeper. All in gale force winds.

There's more to the tale, but it could be boring.
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Old 13 August 2007, 07:12   #6
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Yes they are real - the company Pete Kidd is with in Malaysia is making a similar RIB for military use.
Originally Posted by Zippy
When a boat looks that good who needs tubes!!!
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Old 13 August 2007, 11:31   #7
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I read about it years ago too, may have been the sunday times of all things.
New boat is here, very happy!
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Old 21 August 2007, 13:30   #8
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if i told you id have to kill you!
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Old 21 August 2007, 13:51   #9
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I knew a company called "Defence Boats" that made two of these.

The first model you'd sink, do your thing, and then inflate off the bottom and get the hell out of there.

The other had a waterproof o/b and electric fans so you could get close, sink and carry on. Do your thing and get the hell out.

A friend from Poole has used these, in Poole, and said you'd freeze your balls off and they'd always break down at which point they came to the surface leaving it behind!


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