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Old 09 November 2010, 04:08   #1
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nice RIB test area in reach of Yeovil

Hi Guys,

Saturday is the 'big day' that i can collect my Ribcraft 7.8 : )
Do you have any suggestions of a nice testarea / slipway in reach of
Yeovil ? I was thinking of Portland / Weymouth, but more in direction of
Dover is also ok!

Thanks a lot!

Mervyn
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Old 09 November 2010, 04:20   #2
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Portland Harbour without doubt. The forecast for the rest of the week is dire, you'll get a good stretch of semi-sheltered water within the harbour walls. Venture beyond the walls if conditions permit.
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Old 09 November 2010, 05:02   #3
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Hi Guys,

Saturday is the 'big day' that i can collect my Ribcraft 7.8 : )
Do you have any suggestions of a nice testarea / slipway in reach of
Yeovil ? I was thinking of Portland / Weymouth, but more in direction of
Dover is also ok!

Thanks a lot!

Mervyn
Sounds exciting Mervyn....have fun!

On a complete tangent.....and because i'm nosey ...Mervyn - that's a good Welsh name for a chap from the Netherlands....

It's also my fathers name.....but (and please don't tell anyone else this) he's English (yes, i'm a mugblood)....named after the head brewer in Banks' Brewery in Wolverhampton at the time

Was just intrigued to know whether there was a Welsh connection?

Enjoy the boat!!

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Old 09 November 2010, 05:35   #4
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Hi Guys,

Saturday is the 'big day' that i can collect my Ribcraft 7.8 : )
Do you have any suggestions of a nice testarea / slipway in reach of
Yeovil ? I was thinking of Portland / Weymouth, but more in direction of
Dover is also ok!

Thanks a lot!

Mervyn
Yup, I'd use Portland. it's about 1.5-2 hours from Yeovil depending on traffic. Wide slip onto a pontoon, so nice & easy, sheltered too. It's about 27 quid though IIRC, not cheap.

PS, did your dad get his bike back?
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Old 09 November 2010, 05:45   #5
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Hey Guys,

Thanks for your quick replies, Portland it will be : )

And to answer you other 'questions' ..

# Dan:

There is no welsh connection between me and Wales : ) but could be in the future, you never know! There might be a brewery connection though, as i am a professional consumer in holland ; ))

# Moller

Haha... yes, my bike has been delivered in neat condition by our neighbours some 50 years ago.. so no problem : )
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Old 09 November 2010, 05:52   #6
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Poole is another good area to launch and Trial the Boat, with straightforward access to the M27/M3 for your return Journey. Also a lot cheaper than Portland!! " about 8.50 inc parking.. Also no speed limit in the harbour this time of year
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Old 09 November 2010, 07:33   #7
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I would second Poole for your test, it would make your onward journey easier.

Beware though, not all of the harbour is speed limit free.

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Old 09 November 2010, 08:15   #8
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thanks

thanks again dudes, for all the advice, poole also sounds Coole : )
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PS, did your dad get his bike back?
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Old 09 November 2010, 09:41   #10
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As your buying it from Ribcraft, surely speaking to them and then testing it at Portland is the best option, they may even get you a deal on the slipway and if anything is wrong with the RIB they arent that far away to sort it. I guess thats why you are wanting to test it in UK before the long drive home.
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