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Old 13 November 2009, 16:32   #11
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I know where you are coming from.

It's not so bad now the kids are older but it was a little worrying when they were younger, especially at low tide.

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It wasn't just the climb up the wall I was thinking of, but the piles are set too far apart to correctly come alongside and tie up without some fancy ropework and fenders to protect the tubes from barnicals etc. Throw into the mix 10 RIBs that might well raft up to you without a clue what they're doing and damaged RIB, springs to mind.
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Old 13 November 2009, 17:08   #12
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Throw into the mix 10 RIBs that might well raft up to you without a clue what they're doing and damaged RIB, springs to mind.
Mmm....

A selection of 'us' tied up against the wall at Yarmouth on various Ribnet cruises.

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Old 14 November 2009, 08:58   #13
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Mmm....

A selection of 'us' tied up against the wall at Yarmouth on various Ribnet cruises.

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Yes point taken Nasher, I'm even in a couple of shots. But these are people that we know and would take care during rafting. There are a number of occasions when it's clear that other people don't care about other boats as much. Nos was upset by someone tieing off to a grab handle that was being ripped from the tube in one such incident.

The other point I'm trying to make is, unless you have a big enough boat that can straddle the piles, you can't sit up paralell to the sea wall because of these piles. On anything less that high tide there are lots of nasty snaggy stuff and barnicals. These ruin rubbing strakes etc should the fenders work themselfs out of position. Add to the mix 6 incorrectly rafted RIBs and this ....Well doesn't bear thinking about.

For an extra pound I can tie up to a pontoon, not have to worry about checking the RIB and adjusting the ropework at various states of tide and walk ashore knowing the kids won't fall or slip from the ladder.
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Old 14 November 2009, 09:17   #14
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the slip is not hugely used
That not entirely true, its a very popular slip. It can get pretty crazy when the ferry traffic is queued up (and people ignore the yellow keep clear box) and when the harbour is busy.

I have not seen the proposal in detail but I fear it is inevitable that the harbour will lose its charm Another problem with the pontoons is that it makes moving around the harbour much more difficult and makes it more cramped in the few channels that are left.
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I agree with everything you are saying.

The images were posted 'tounge in cheek' just as an excuse to show the images.

When we are all out together the rafting up thing is part of the fun as we can all trust each other, and I remember at one event having to sit down before I fell overboard laughing as we struggled with the wobbly line of about 6 boats.

But like you when we are out alone I'd much rather tie up to a pontoon where you won't come back to loads of other boats hanging off your grab handles.

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Old 14 November 2009, 13:07   #16
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That not entirely true, its a very popular slip. It can get pretty crazy when the ferry traffic is queued up (and people ignore the yellow keep clear box) and when the harbour is busy.
It's definitely a popular slip with ME! - It's the main one I use when launching our RIB (and er.. cough.. Jetskis). Unfortunately on the IOW, the council does nothing to promote the use of the water for anyone who wishes to trailer their boats and dip them in and out of the sea.
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The images were posted 'tounge in cheek' just as an excuse to show the images.

Tounge in cheek, you...Never

Good to have a reminder of some of the good times we've had together though.
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Good to have a reminder of some of the good times we've had together though.
Now steady on my rig is in some of the pics
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