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Old 10 November 2003, 10:49   #1
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Season over? Or am I getting softer than my hull?

Looks like the SIB won't be seeing any more water till the spring. The temperature around here during the last few days has varied from -15C to -20C and the river and lake shores are getting iced over pretty quickly. This morning the temperatures shot up to a balmy -4C but I don't think that will last very long.

In previous years I've used the boat as late as the last week of November for deer hunting, but the temperature was a little milder and I was probably a little hardier. What time of year do you fellows in the UK normally call it a season?
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Old 10 November 2003, 11:16   #2
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Old 10 November 2003, 13:20   #3
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We tend not to stop. But the soft ones go from late March till end of October. The sea doesnt freeze here very often .
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Old 11 November 2003, 01:01   #4
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You'll have to explain that one prairie tuber.

I'll be out for my traditional new year's day sibbing session up in Scotland. The temperature is likely to be around freezing. I have been out in the Cromarty Firth when there were sheets of ice in the water but we did not find them untill it was almost too late!

You'll find that the ribbsters/sibbsters in the north of the uk keep going out all year round but the softies down south put their boats away at the end of August!

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Old 11 November 2003, 03:04   #5
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You'll find that the ribbsters/sibbsters in the north of the uk keep going out all year round but the softies down south put their boats away at the end of August!

Keith (drysuit and thermal underwear) Hart
I beg to differ

maybe those oldies, but I sure for one aint giving up! But i did buy some thermals this year

And I know I will be out boxing day cuz my bro is recieving his dry suit for X-mas, and he'll be wanting to test it
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Old 11 November 2003, 05:49   #6
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You'll find that the ribbsters/sibbsters in the north of the uk keep going out all year round but the softies down south put their boats away at the end of August!


Er no you silly bacon sarnie eating northan man lol :-)

in actual fact me and Phil Davies were out on Sunday ribbing about and saw a seal, its my first sighting of a seal local to me and i almost peed on its head as we had stopped for a toilet break and he popped up to say hello. And yes us southern softies plan to keep going out all Christmas.
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Old 11 November 2003, 08:52   #7
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You'll have to explain that one prairie tuber.

Well, the whitetail deer season normally starts with archery only at the end of August and continues through to rifle season which begins mid-November and ends early December.

SIBS are ideal for lake country deer hunting as you they will get you from lake to lake quickly and safely. While not as portable as canoes, the additional stablility and bouyancy makes a SIB far safer, especially if hauling game such as deer or moose across windswept lakes.

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Old 11 November 2003, 16:11   #9
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Have you got an ice breaker on that sib of yours?
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Old 11 November 2003, 21:20   #10
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No, but apparently this guy does (from Polaris Inflatables website),
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Old 12 November 2003, 10:36   #11
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Brrr!!

-16C in November eh? They dont call it the great white north for nothing! I think you can be forgiven for shelving SIBBING for the winter. Presumably its now you break out the Skiddoo for the winter?

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Old 15 November 2003, 01:23   #12
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I haven't acquired a snowmobile yet, but perhaps one day.
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Old 15 November 2003, 13:17   #13
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Lovely Part of the World

Hi Prairie Tuber,

A lovely part of the world you live in photo's are very good. I have in the past been resident in Banf, Medecine Hat area. One of our training area when live firing the big guns. We managed a trip into the mountian by helicopter that was being in a real wilderness.

Roll on spring.

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Old 16 November 2003, 10:04   #14
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Re: Lovely Part of the World

Banff is quite a remarkable area. With the exception of Southern Ontario, you don't have go too far from the main cities in Canada before encountering some pretty vast wilderness regions.


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Those accidents you investigate must be some humdingers!
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Old 16 November 2003, 12:41   #15
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Some Humdingers

Yep,
There have been some real beauties, one of my favorites happened localy,

I will set the scene, a cold January night, pouring with rain on a dark de-restricted "B" class road (max speed 60Mph).

A Subaru Impresa Turbo being driven by a male aged 36 lost control on a right hand bend. The vehicle left the road on the offside and launched itself of a rather steep hillside. The vehicle first touched down 80 feet down the slope on its roof injecting the driver through the sun roof. The vehicle continued a further 90 feet down the hill before comming to rest on its wheels.

The driver suffered mutiple leg/pelvis fractures, serious head injuries and damge to his heart & lungs. But still alive thanks to the team that worked on him at the scene and when in hospital.

His statement read I was only doing 50 mph honest!

When the calculations where measured from evidence at the scene his speed was calculated at in excess of 90 mph when he braked prior to losing control. Blood Alcohol Level was 3 times the legal limit.

P.s This gentlemen WAS an orthopedic surgeon at the local hosptial where he ended up. 2 years on from that accident he is still recovering from the head injuries and will never operate again.
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Old 16 November 2003, 13:25   #16
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What a waste. I guess people don't buy WRX turbos so they can keep up with highway traffic. Was the cab crushed from the impact, or did it hold up?
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Old 16 November 2003, 13:37   #17
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yes us southern softies plan to keep going out all Christmas.
Are we meeting up on Boxing Day then?

I've made it out on the 26th December '01 and '02 so will be out this year.

How about Herne Bay for a Boxing Day beer???
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Was the cab crushed from the impact, or did it hold up

Hi Prairie Tuber,

No.

From the rollover the Windscren folded in on the passengers side suport, then the A Pillar colapsed on the Driver's Side.

The engine sheered its mounts and folded inside the drivers footwell. Gearbox also had moved backwards.
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You won't be seeing that on Subaru commercials any time soon.
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Update

Well, its looking like global warming isn't happening on this part of the globe . We've been in a deep freeze for the last couple of weeks. Going down to -33C or so tonight, but at least the wind is slightly less than it was this aftrernoon (NW @ 35km/h). Mechanical things tend to get finnicky and brittle when it's like this. Oh well, things should start warming up by late February. Heres a couple of pics I took this afternoon from the same locations as earlier.

How many of you guys in the UK were on the water this week?
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