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Old 19 July 2007, 12:39   #11
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Ian,

If not sure about hazards in the Solent of which there are many. Some of which are a long way from the shore. Stick to the marked channels which the big boats use.

Better safe than sorry.


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Old 19 July 2007, 14:22   #12
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I have been flying over the solent for many years at low altitude and there are a lot of things out there that are not shown on the charts as as dangerous as they are. Hard to tell if thelack of life jackets contributed ( again ! ) to the problem.

Even on nice days when nothing breaks / fails you can get hurt . !
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Old 19 July 2007, 19:18   #13
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I have been flying over the solent for many years at low altitude and there are a lot of things out there that are not shown on the charts as as dangerous as they are. Hard to tell if thelack of life jackets contributed ( again ! ) to the problem.

Even on nice days when nothing breaks / fails you can get hurt . !
Possibly they didn't have lifejackets on as they were trying to free the prop???
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Old 19 July 2007, 19:21   #14
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Possibly they didn't have lifejackets on as they were trying to free the prop???
All boats carry rope. You would have thought they would have tied themselves on if going overboard !

The eyewitness states that it all happened quickly so untying the prop doesn't seem to be the case.
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My favourite haunt is Thorness Bay on the Island (holiday hut on the cliff) where the reef goes out quite a long way into the bay. The one off Gurnard is well known about and boats seem to keep clear of that one.

I have seen two accidents in Thorness Bay. Both were ribs coming for a days water skiing. All seems perfect as the bay is quite sheltered and whilst the tide is up, no problem. One moment their bombing about towing skier thinking 'this is the reason we spend loads-a-money on ribs', the next run round, smack, the prop is smashed Being single engined there was a lot of red faces.The tide does not have to have been going out for long and the reef is not exsposed. It's just very shallow on one side very quickly.

Although lobster pots are a complete menace (espcially the half submerged ones and at night) they do give you some idea of hidden problems, as the locals will put them around the ledges of the reef.

My heart goes out to the families of those involved, as I know I have done some stupid things when I'm afloat.
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Old 20 July 2007, 07:41   #16
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Admiralty charts are certainly not all they are cracked up to be. There's a bay not far from town which has a lot of kelp in it but I thought might be good for a jaunt one day when the weather was fit. Was down there one day watching some big breakers coming in and realised some of them were breaking and exposing a reef of rocks almost right across the entrance to the bay, which are really not marked at all on the chart (there is a rock shown in 2 places!) its just shown as kelp!
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Old 20 July 2007, 08:56   #17
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There's a bay not far from town ..
Err, which town? Is it somewhere anyone would spend much time, unless they had to? How long do you think the survey ships would spend?

As I've said elsewhere, notify the Hydrographers Dept, and I'm sure they'll put a note on, just in case anyone else visits your way!
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The Brambles Bank! Slap bang in the middle of the solent and dries at certain states of tide
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Old 20 July 2007, 10:23   #19
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The Brambles Bank! Slap bang in the middle of the solent and dries at certain states of tide
And certainly gives you a shock when your sat in the middle of the Solent just drifting and suddenly see the depth gauge registering 1 meter.
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Err, which town? Is it somewhere anyone would spend much time, unless they had to? How long do you think the survey ships would spend?
No I daresay it isn't, but in a way that is the point! Admiralty charts are probably considered by many to be the bible, whereas the folks who surveyed that probably thought "bugger that - looks like too much kelp in there" and moved on. The question really is where is the line drawn between "well there isn't much traffic around here so we'll skip that bit" and doing it properly.
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