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Old 14 May 2007, 18:51   #11
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Here's a couple of pics from 14th April.....

1st day out all season less than a F4!!
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Old 14 May 2007, 19:12   #12
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Oi! That's my patch!

Like the sound of the RNLI tour - after recent incidents off (and on) Pladda I think some of us need to spread the good word...

(For the non-local, it involved two off-duty IRB crew, a 14ft Fletcher with a 150 Merc, one stuffing, no L/Js, no flares, no VHF, no anchor - and a FECK of a lot of luck )

Anyway, wave next time you're off the ragged end of Arran.
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I saw the photograph of the fletcher getting washed on the rocks.... We were out that day too, to the west of Bute, it was rough!

Those guys were very lucky, I heard it took 20 minutes for the ILB to reach them.

Just goes to show, you can never take safety for granted.
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Another welcome to Ribnet. Was wondering how long it would take before you appeared! I see you've already run into IBWET

May be interested in your RYA station tour depending on when abouts you were doing it. Great idea.

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I saw the photograph of the fletcher getting washed on the rocks....
Couldn't post the pic, by any chance?
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Old 17 May 2007, 14:58   #16
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The photo can be viewed at www.arranbanner.co.uk

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I would anticipate that if we were going to do this trip to raise funds for the RNLI it would be into July, and probably a Saturday. I would prefer to look for a day where there's a fair weather window, to avoid extra fuel use, and to be a better day out!

The weather can be pretty unpredictable, and that would be the deciding factor as to whether or not to go on a particular day.

I will need to do some research as to how to get hold of sponsorship forms etc from the RNLI.

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Old 17 May 2007, 15:30   #17
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I'd be up for that( RNLI trip),with the wife and the saucepan lids.

Would you be up for bringing the sannies Mr Grocer





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Thanks for all the positive comments,

The boat is 6 months old, and before that we had a Bombard 3.8m with a Yamaha 15hp 4 stroke, which we once took round the Isle of Arran! Don't need to go far to find adventurous boating up here..

The Bombard was a good step up to the bigger boat. Going back many years, we also had a Bonwitco with a yamaha 6hp, which we used to take out and chase the American Submarines.

Have always found the Yamaha engines to be reliable and solid. The one on Amber is very very economical indeed...

She will plane at 12 knots - 3400rpm, and you are doing 18-20knots at roughly 3800-3900 rpm. There's usually only two people out, so you can cruise at this kind of power setting quite comfortably for a long time, and the engine is only sipping the fuel, but there's still enough power to get you home quick.

We looked long and hard at various engine/ boat combinations before settling for this one. It is a good compromise between size, weight, speed and economy. I'm not joking, when I say you can go out with 50 litres aboard, for 4-5hrs, and come back with one can still 95% full.


We are members & keen supporters of the RNLI. I was trying to think of ways to raise money locally, and came up with the idea of visiting all the RNLI inshore lifeboat stations on the upper clyde in one day, during the summer.

If I've got it right, there are 4 stations: Largs, Lamlash, Tighnabruich & Rhu. It would be an all day trip, and I estimate roughly 50-55 nautical miles, if done as a circuit.

I'd be interested to hear if anyone thought this was a good idea, and would be interested in taking part. If you pick a good day, the scenery is absolutely stunning!
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I'd be up for that( RNLI trip),with the wife and the saucepan lids.

Would you be up for bringing the sannies Mr Grocer
(With apologies to the best shopkeeper ever:-)

"Gu-gu-gu-Granville! Fu-fu-fu-fetch yesterday's bread, will you..."


No problem. I've already got the cheese ripening...

July looks good time-wise: I'll tu-tu-tu-ask Mrs. Grocer not to take any B&B bookings for those weekends until further notice.

You guys sort out the weather.
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If I've got it right, there are 4 stations: Largs, Lamlash, Tighnabruich & Rhu. It would be an all day trip, and I estimate roughly 50-55 nautical miles, if done as a circuit.
I've just been playing around with the charts - I reckon on about 80nm, about 4 hours drive time plus say half an hour at each station for stale pieces; but just to add to the possibilities Troon has a class D IRB as well as the Trent
And then Girvan's only 20nm down the coast...
...from there you're just 25nm from Campbeltown

Just over 180nm for the Grand Tour.
Which Amber should do on about half a litre of unleaded the rest of us will need to refuel somewhere

Now if anyone's got a spare pointy-nosed rib or six we can borrow...

Is someone going to put something in the "Upcoming lunacy" section?
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Thanks for the interest in the wee trip....

I thought it would be a good idea to raise some funds for a good cause......

I thought about the Troon, Campbeltown options, but I thought it best to stick to the more sheltered waters in this instance.

In particular, anyone who would want to come along, would be doing so at their own risk, and would be responsible for the safe running and operation of their own boat, and the welfare of their own crew....which I'm sure everyone already looks out for.

If there's a good weather window, I think the distance is ok, not too long... not too short, and wouldn't be so costly on fuel for everyone. While it's good sometimes to get out in the rough stuff, it wouldn't be much fun battling the elements for charity.

My thinking is that it would be a cruise done at moderate speed, (about 20 knots) with a few stops, and maybe some good photo opportunities, as opposed to a blast over large areas of open water....

Let me know your thoughts

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