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Old 03 April 2007, 14:34   #11
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Saundersfoot should be ok at that time - I saw some excavation going on in the harbour a couple of weekends ago, so it may be a bit deeper now
There's nowhere really suitable to land at Tenby after the harbour dries out, other than beaching it - no jetties or pontoons and if there's a bit of swell, you may not want to beach it. I assume you're planning to return to Saundersfoot on the evening tide - nice idea if the weather's fine. Can be a long day out if it's a bit rough/windy/raining, etc. You could perhaps anchor off the beach on the incoming tide, and get a lift back out to the boat later on, if anyone's around. Problem with the coastline there, as opposed to MH waterway is that there aren't really any suitable landing places with pontoons for lunch, a pint, etc., whereas on the Haven, there's quite a number. Plenty of opportunities afterwards though in Tenby and Saundersfoot. I suppose your boss will have plenty of suggestions for this
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Old 04 April 2007, 03:38   #12
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Thanks for all your input chaps, Have a great easter Blast!! looks like the weather is going to be superb for Ribbing!!
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Old 09 April 2007, 04:01   #13
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How did you get on Matt?
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Hi all, launched at Saundersfoot, superb weather as you know, went around the island, awesome, UNTIL, they wanted to do some photos, so looked at one beach and the surf and breaking waves on the beach looked to much, so went to another quieter beach, came in as i normally do and my boss jumped off the Bow, with the boat just on the sand, then a few waves picked up and swung the boat round very quickly, Now we were broad side to the incoming waves, now i was stranded with the boat leaning completely over on one side, although they were holding on, there were a few screams as the boat was getting swamped and pushed further up[ the beach, (and getting heavier with the incoming water)i jumped out and tried to manhandle it too deeper water, no go.
i then got the 1 child out and her mother,(yummy) Wayne ,my boss jumped out and we got it into deeper water, whilst watching the engine depth carefully i managed to dink the prop, futher in to deeper water, ichecked the prop and it had bent right over, after gently bending it back, it snapped, Whilst trying to play it down, we headed back to Saunderfoot, They were all fine albeit wet but warm,and they seemed to enjoy themselves, Wayne wants to get a rib, and he still loved the experience but not sure about his wife,(she pays my wages) oops!

Apart from the obvious, what could i have done differently??, i know its all a learning curve and passenger safety is of prime inportance,

how would somebody else take hold of the situation??

What did i do so drastically wrong???
Help!!!
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Old 09 April 2007, 08:20   #15
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Glad everyone was ok. Shame you had a bad ending though. Beware of any waves on a beach - boats suddenly become hard work. One dodge is to lay a strong anchor before you come in.

The other is to come in at speed kicking the engine up last second - doesn't do the hull much good unless it's soft sand.

Best advice of all is to avoid beaches with waves!!!
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Old 09 April 2007, 08:38   #16
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I'm glad everything turned out ok, it's such a shame that your visit to this spectacular area of the country was spoilt though. Especially as the weather w so good.
I was actually pondering this problem the other day as I really dont fancy going in and tackling waves or other more hidden dangers like nasty rocks, yet it would be nice to get in and have an explore or picnic etc and It crossed my mind that a small inflatable might be an option, chuck it on the boat when you know you're in an exploring mood and pump it up when needed, I'm not sure how practical it is though.
Tim M mentioned it the other day too in the Scratchells Bay thread.
I actually carry a spare prop with me too just in case I give the other a smack.
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A good way to ensure you don't end up broad side on is to drop the anchor maybe 20 or 30metres off the beach, swing 180, lift the engine up and then let the boat go into the beach carefully off the anchor rope backwards - this way the bow will always be head onto the waves. Obviously you'll need to pull yourself into deep enough water to get the engine going again, but from what I recall, the thousand islands boats used to do this up at St Davids.... I have a feeling you'll find that venturejet still do that now, but I'm not sure.

The alternative is to launch within the haven on one of the many slipways where there is no surf

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A good way to ensure you don't end up broad side on is to drop the anchor maybe 20 or 30metres off the beach, swing 180, lift the engine up and then let the boat go into the beach carefully off the anchor rope backwards - this way the bow will always be head onto the waves. Obviously you'll need to pull yourself into deep enough water to get the engine going again, but from what I recall, the thousand islands boats used to do this up at St Davids.... I have a feeling you'll find that venturejet still do that now, but I'm not sure.

The alternative is to launch within the haven on one of the many slipways where there is no surf

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Spot on

Beaches can be a problem with rolling waves. Probably best to keep in deeper water, away from the breakers. Put it down to experience and don't let it put you off coming back. Glad everyone was ok. I always carry a spare prop ......just in case.
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i like that idea, and i guess if the rear of the boat is touching the sand when the waves break , just pull on the rope to shorten it,!! thanks again chaps, going to look at replacing my searider soon so boathunting will begin, have narrowed it down to three boats!!
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