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Old 15 September 2002, 16:04   #11
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Now you see the advantage of a 3.4m sib that lives in my garage.

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they are very helpful, but do not budge an inch (or 10cm).
Just for info (remember length is money) an inch is 2.5cm.

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Old 15 September 2002, 16:51   #12
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Am I missing something here?

Pete,

Why do you want to keep your boat in a Marina anyway? One of the great things about a RIB (leastways a reasonably sized one) is that you can hitch up the trailer behind the car and explore pastures (or rather waters) new! Is it a desire not to launch and recover each time, lack of space to store the thing or what?

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Old 15 September 2002, 16:57   #13
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Think thats my fault - i suggested it as something to think about.

I would consider it if i had a slightly larger boat, which would be a problem to store on the drive, and i reckon i would go out more often if i dident have to spend time towing to the beach, launching etc. etc.

I assume you keep you'rs ashore then?
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Old 15 September 2002, 17:00   #14
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I think it something to do with

Wife :- "That thing is not going at the front of our house and that is that"

Me :- " But there is space there"

Wife :- " I don't think you heard what I said"

Me :- "Yes dear" (Oh my goodness, where am I going to put it then)

Does that answer the question?

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Old 15 September 2002, 17:09   #15
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Daniel,

What you have just said does come into it, free parking at the Marina, jump in and go, even fuel at 79p a litre there (+ 10% off for annual payers). If I did want to move it somewhere, to save the Marina pulling it out of the water fees (No slipway there) I would drive to the nearest slipway and take it out and off I go, anywhere. If you leave the Marina for 30 days, you get 75% of the fee for that period back.

I think I could wangle a voucher for say 30 days from the wife to park it outside the front of the house, and Yes she is bigger than me!

The free 12 nights at any of their Marinas e.g. Christchurch, Port Solant are useful, and the free I think 11am - 3pm parking at any of their Marinas at any time is great. You could drive and spend the day at Christchurch or wherever.

I think from Bromley I have a good way to go anywhere to find sea. Add the cost of transport and time towing, it all adds up. I could get the train to Brighton in Mid summer.

But with my extra 10cm (and I do know the size of an inch, but was trying to make a joke) the extra 900 is out of the question. Guess I don't know why I wrote all this then.

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Old 15 September 2002, 17:14   #16
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Yeah I had a similar problem with a bright yellow RIB at my last house but with the neighbours being rather put out rather than anyone else.

Your solution is to find a nearby and friendly farmer/warehouse/caravan storage place/mate with a bit of land etc and offer them a fiver a week or so to store it there. Thats what I do now! (current house having on street parking - suspect the council would object to 8m of RIB and trailer in the permit zone!)

The other option would be to dry berth at a suitable marina with a slipway - e.g. keep it on its trailer (as opposed to afloat) and launch when used. You can pay a fortune for this service in the Solent but can do it surprisingly cheaply elsewhere.

Just a thought, Alan.
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Old 15 September 2002, 17:16   #17
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What i never mentioned was the weed build-up problem, and it's almost as bad as the trailer brakes problem, maybe worse!

My only experience of a fast boat in a marina is a good friends 7m RIB in ramsgate, as i have mentioned. He has nothing but problems with weed growth, within 8 weeks it made us think the engine was broken becasue we could not get the boat to plane - it turned out that we needed to get it oun onto trailer and jet-wash the hull to get rid of the stuff. This is now a routine operation, once every 4-8 weeks, and he is thinking about anti-fowling the hull - which has problems of its own.

BUT as i said, we quite often go out in his boat for 1/2 hour in the evening followed by a beer on the way home from work - jump in and go is very attractive.
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Old 15 September 2002, 17:20   #18
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Alan,

Brighton gives you 8 weeks of storage out of the water included in the price (info for others)

I will look into your idea, I need somewhere that is interesting and that would make a good hub e.g. head off anywhere from there if I wanted to.

Brighton is a bit isolated, but I have to balance sitting in my car for hours to get somewhere or doing some of the travelling in the boat.

Pete

P.S. Any storage ideas from Bromley area would be appreciated
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Old 15 September 2002, 17:26   #19
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I think the fouling bit has made my mind up re leaving it in the water. I guess it is just sad I am not rich enough to have them remove into covered storage each night with the complete full valet on offer.

I will concentrate on finding or buying a plot of land to hide it on near the sea.

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Old 16 September 2002, 02:04   #20
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Just think - 5 years storage in a marina - about the same cost as a decent secondhand RIB!

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