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Old 07 January 2008, 04:41   #41
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Griff wrote a book in 2002 about a trip he made to St. Petersburg through the Baltic on Undina.

Its called "To the Baltic with Bob".

Just finished it and its a really good read. Very funny.
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Old 07 January 2008, 08:05   #42
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I got that for Christmas, and just finished, amusing rather than funny - and certainly not 3 jokes/page as stated on the cover - interesting, and does show that Griff knows what he's doing on a yacht.

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Old 07 January 2008, 08:08   #43
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Price of the boat

Earlier on in the programme, Mike Wedge the Ancaster Rep showed them a 140,000 Beneteau and when they got the quote the boys said that its twice the price of the Beneteau. So the boat's likely value is around 280,000. Griff said that he had spent over 150,000 doing her up which might explain where the 500,000 came from.

Good series but could have been better if his crew were funnier people.
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Old 07 January 2008, 09:05   #44
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Who saw Evolution?! About 10 minutes into the second episode, following the boat out of Portsmouth. Screen shots to follow!
I was thinking it looked a bit like her, but couldnt see closely enough. There were certanily some ribs from here in the shots from the IOW festival bit as well.
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Old 07 January 2008, 12:33   #45
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- Start appeared to be the normal RYS start line;
- first mark a north cardinal west of Cowes - could only be Gurnard;
- second mark, a stb hand mark back towards Bramble Bank, looked like South Bramble (pretty sure it wasn't Thorn Knoll);
- third a race mark that could only be Gales HSB;
- finishing back to (probably) the start line.

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It was a waste of time trying to follow it as a race as it was so poorly edited. Browndown was the "second" mark. You know they were novice crew because despite your assertion that they did well to get the kite set, it took them an age, even allowing for the editing they were still 20+ boat lengths from the mark before it was up and set. They also took an age to get the cruising chute up and that could have gone up on a spare halyard (bit of an assumption that there was one, but as it got hoisted eventually I would assume that they did!).

As for the start, all he had to do was duck down below the line, there was nothing in the way!

He was a very shouty skipper and whilst that works for some it is generally a sign that there is a nervousness/lack of experience and this he freely admitted. I thought he did well to admit to his shortcomings rather than bigging himself up as many may have done.

As for the valuation of the boat discussed earlier in the thread, I suggest that any doubters as to the real value of the boat just do a trawl around the web for a classic wooden 49' sloop in that condition, you'll find that he wasn't far out with his suggestion at the end!
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You can go on the lifeboat for a shufty during the Gaffers Festival. The wheelhouse is v. impressive.
There will be a Tamar (Salcombe's soon-to-be new boat) at the London Excel boat show - I believe it is going to be afloat and open for visitors to see around the wheelhouse, and possibly down below in the survivor space

If you think the Severn wheelhouse is impressive, you'll love the Tamar

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Was a great bit of telly for the Christmas period.
Especially if you not feeling to well!!

Whilst GRJ radio use was a bit iffy, it was a cracking radio he was using to chat to QMH
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There will be a Tamar (Salcombe's soon-to-be new boat) at the London Excel boat show - I believe it is going to be afloat and open for visitors to see around the wheelhouse, and possibly down below in the survivor space

If you think the Severn wheelhouse is impressive, you'll love the Tamar

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I'll see it when it gets down here then!
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I didn't see the prog.,but it sounds an identical format to those three plonkers on Westcountry TV that did a similar thing. Chris Denhem (producer of Rick Stein's progs) was the sailor, Ron Bendell appeared to be pissed all the time and Craig Rich was the weather/nav man. I think they went from Poole to Falmouth or there abouts.
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I didn't see the prog.,but it sounds an identical format the those three plonkers on Westcountry TV that did a similar thing. Chris Denhem (producer of Rick Stein's progs) was the sailor, Ron Bendell appeared to be pissed all the time and Craig Rich was the weather/nav man. I think they went from Poole to Falmouth or there abouts.
I worked on a promo for one of the "up thier own arse chefs" to go around the coast in a classic yacht (we supplied the yacht, camera boat and logistics) cooking local produce - never came to anything though!
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