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Old 08 July 2007, 07:41   #241
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Great day on the beach with various dead animals and fish being cremated, sadly the Garfish is no more he has been eaten well apart from the bones which were green but more from Matt and Liz on that.

The beach was flat calm but once clear of the IOW a nasty Solent chop waited for those on the homeward trip ensuring a good soaking in the F5.

Sadly what was once a sandy beach is now gravel, seems the storms of late have piled gravel up on the Ribnet softball ground. Guess we will have to go and check it out again next year.

Martin was busy doing scary rides on a yellow thing that resembled a large lilo and Martin H won the Barnacle award for the boat with the greatest weed growing on it. Someone suggested turning it over and using a lawnmower.

Kath was busy all afternoon practising chemistry and producing molatov cocktails to drink. Tasted superb but drink more than one would have had a interesting effect.

Lots of folk camping this year and looks like they had a calm night on the beach.

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What a great day, shame the sand has gone from such a lovely spot in the Solent, hopefully it will return. We had a relatively slow bumpy ride back in the 4m I had managed to borrow which had us all groaning from time to time. Glad certain parts of my body have reurned themselves back into their normal postion now .

Had a cool time, good to see a lot of ribs, and well done Paul for getting up out of the water on those ski's of yours.
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we were on our way when we discovered a superb launch and recovery vehicle! it was so good we had to take it home!
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1) good turnout of ribs
2) The end of the Garfish!
3) Matt and Liz gobbling Garfish
4) a few more of the crowd
5)Zerstorer has shrunk!
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6) Michelin man floats again (then nearly inverts)
7) Some of the intrepid campers beached in Bembridge harbour Saturday night
8) Early Sunday morning still as can be
9) Martyn and Ann on way home Sunday morning
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We had a great time.

Huge thanks from Gill and myself to Kathleen and Paul for the lift across to the IOW.

A big ta very much to Martin from Gill....the rocket powered Lilo was a hoot.

Huge thanks to Sarah and Richard for the lift home again.

Good to see some familiar faces and to meet the ones not so familiar.

The impromptu camp site on the edge of Bembridge harbour looks excellent.

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Was a great day.

Thank you to Kath and Paul for the organisation.

The little Nashers enjoyed being in the water most of the afternoon for the first time this year and only realised on the way back how cold they had got.

Good to see all the usual suspects, and meet some new faces.

The trip back to Chichester harbour was a little rough, but nothing we couldn't handle. Even Mrs Nasher appeared to enjoy it!

Shame we had the school fete/sports day today otherwise we'd have stayed over for camping, maybe next year.

Come on Chris, spill the beans, looks like a collapsed bearing on the Starboard side. Hope you got home in time to enjoy part of the day.

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A good weekend many thanks to Kathleen for organising this one. I slept well this time. Took some ear plugs to kill the sound of the lapping waves.
I must admit I was suprised to hear that it was rough on the way back on the Saturday, shows how easy it is to be decieved. Sunday morning was beautiful if a little chilly at sea.

1) Getting ready to go.

2) Mid Solent Meet.

3) RIBNET Convoy.

4) Landing RIBNET style.

5) A gaggle of Ribs at Priory Bay.

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And some more.

1) RIBNET Admirals deciding if the boats are up to scratch.

2) Initial arrival.

3) Who on earth takes choccie bars to a Barbie ?

4) Guess who these belong to ? Looks like the Lady loves pink !

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1) Not too sure whats going on here ! (Scissor sisters anyone !)

2) The RIBNET Blimp.

3) Bembridge approahes early this morning. Just beautiful.

4) Matt (Nos4r2) out on a lovely flat Solent.

5) The end.
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Old 08 July 2007, 20:32   #253
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What a great day thanks a million Kathleen and Paul. We camped on Priory Beach and became part of a rave organised by local teenagers - well we brought the average age up considerably.
Nice to see so many old faces and meeting new ones. Martin thanks for accompanying us over and pointing out Rhyde Bar, Unfortunately I completely forgot on the way home this morning and we nearly spent the next 4 hours staring at each other but we did manage to get off with Neil standing by in case of problems.
After having such a great time it was a shame to have it part spoiled by other rib users. When we were recovering the boat at Calshot there were several large ships coming in causing quite a wake. There was a large blue Rib waiting to Launch(Think it was called Warrior). Ann was up to her neck trying to hold the boat on the trailer whilst I was towing it up the slip,it kept slipping off or ending up lop sided. It took us quite a long time to recover and we got our first scratch doing so(sob!). Unfortunately the 3 blokes in the rib waiting to launch stood there looking bored with no offer of help whatsoever.
Can' have been Ribnetters - there wasn'nt a life jacket in sight!
Anyway it didn't detract from a fantastic day even if my sand castle never got judged?
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Home now, tired and sore and still grinning. Nice to see everyone again and meet some new people-not least Sarah G who appears to be completely bonkers and as such will fit in quite well .
Many thanks to Kathleen and Paul for organising stuff and sorry about the short phone call earlier.
Staying in Bembridge was great though the sand got everywhere. We put the tent in the bin rather than clean it...
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went to pickup the boat early in the morning for an early start as it was looking like a good day ahead, the key broke off in the large disklock!!! so had to hacksaw the lock off, hmmmm good start to the day

took the boat home and loaded it up, set off and realised i had left my mobile at home but hey no worries

got onto the a3 and just as we were coming to the a3m going round a left hander we heard a funny metallic tinkling noise, slowed right down but everything seemed ok, a car went past gesturing behind us urgently.

stopped and checked the wheels, one was smoking quite badly and the bearing was no-where to be seen, looked behind and loads of cars backed up, so decided to drag the boat to safety as was on a lefthander on the dual carridge way, pulled the boat about half a mile to an exit road and somewhere safe to stop

luckily the wheel didnt fall off, but i melted some metal on the nut

called the rac....they told me i wasnt covered for trailers.....oh shite

got the number of a trailer place in alton from richard, called em and went and picked up the biggest car trailer they had

got it back to the boat......guess what....trailer wheels too wide to fit boat trailer on....so took the car trailer back....£35 lighter

called green flag to consider joining, if i had joined it was 60 per year and cover would start at midnight i could sit in the car till midnight then call em! watching tv luckily!, said i would call em back as wanted to consider my options

a mate called em trying to help and spilled the beans that i had broken down and they said.......woooooaaa no way cover.....so that killed that option

a mate surfed the internet and phoned a few recovery places and was looking like an expensive recovery home due to the length of the boat and trailer and its width....they all said it comes under a commercial recovery.....shite

after a few hours of mucking about trying to source a relatively inexpensive way home i called the rac again, quizzed them about the trailer because i took out special cover via the camping and caravan club to cover the motorhome due to length, the lady on the phone said let me check......then let me speak to my manager.....minutes later........oh er um yes you are covered......when you phoned earlier the guy was wrong to say you are not covered....we will send someone asap......aaaaaarrrrrrrrrssssssooooollllleeesss, but i was chuffed i could get the boat home.

arrived home around 5.30

the stupid thing is i have some bearings on order and they should have been with me thursday/friday because i wanted to change them before the trip

also i may have to change the whole axle as there is some damage to the axel on that side.

these sealed bearings are shite, if i get a new axle i am going for tapperd roller bearings if i can, apparently avonride do give that option

if you are ordering up a new trailer and have the options of bearing types then i would not suggest sealed ones...........the guy at southern trailers said lots of people are having problems with them, they are not tolerant to the slightest bit of water or dirt and are trying to take the trailer manufacturers to court over failures.

debs had a few hours sunbathing in the front of the boat on the side of the A3 so not all was lost
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went to pickup the boat early in the morning for an early start as it was looking like a good day ahead, the key broke off in the large disklock!!! so had to hacksaw the lock off, hmmmm good start to the day

took the boat home and loaded it up, set off and realised i had left my mobile at home but hey no worries

got onto the a3 and just as we were coming to the a3m going round a left hander we heard a funny metallic tinkling noise, slowed right down but everything seemed ok, a car went past gesturing behind us urgently.

stopped and checked the wheels, one was smoking quite badly and the bearing was no-where to be seen, looked behind and loads of cars backed up, so decided to drag the boat to safety as was on a lefthander on the dual carridge way, pulled the boat about half a mile to an exit road and somewhere safe to stop

luckily the wheel didnt fall off, but i melted some metal on the nut

called the rac....they told me i wasnt covered for trailers.....oh shite

got the number of a trailer place in alton from richard, called em and went and picked up the biggest car trailer they had

got it back to the boat......guess what....trailer wheels too wide to fit boat trailer on....so took the car trailer back....£35 lighter

called green flag to consider joining, if i had joined it was 60 per year and cover would start at midnight i could sit in the car till midnight then call em! watching tv luckily!, said i would call em back as wanted to consider my options

a mate called em trying to help and spilled the beans that i had broken down and they said.......woooooaaa no way cover.....so that killed that option

a mate surfed the internet and phoned a few recovery places and was looking like an expensive recovery home due to the length of the boat and trailer and its width....they all said it comes under a commercial recovery.....shite

after a few hours of mucking about trying to source a relatively inexpensive way home i called the rac again, quizzed them about the trailer because i took out special cover via the camping and caravan club to cover the motorhome due to length, the lady on the phone said let me check......then let me speak to my manager.....minutes later........oh er um yes you are covered......when you phoned earlier the guy was wrong to say you are not covered....we will send someone asap......aaaaaarrrrrrrrrssssssooooollllleeesss, but i was chuffed i could get the boat home.

arrived home around 5.30

the stupid thing is i have some bearings on order and they should have been with me thursday/friday because i wanted to change them before the trip

also i may have to change the whole axle as there is some damage to the axel on that side.

these sealed bearings are shite, if i get a new axle i am going for tapperd roller bearings if i can, apparently avonride do give that option

if you are ordering up a new trailer and have the options of bearing types then i would not suggest sealed ones...........the guy at southern trailers said lots of people are having problems with them, they are not tolerant to the slightest bit of water or dirt and are trying to take the trailer manufacturers to court over failures.

debs had a few hours sunbathing in the front of the boat on the side of the A3 so not all was lost
That explains it!
I passed you on the A3
Called you on the mobile to see if you were ok didnt get a reply until later and couldnt make out the message as your reception was poor
My god what a day ! Hope you have a better time in a few weeks time
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Old 08 July 2007, 21:27   #258
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Really sorry to hear about your troubles, particularly as it sounds like you were within half a mile or so from my house as the crow flies and we didn't leave home until about 10:30am.

Just took another look at the pictures, and recognised the junction where you were. You can almost see my house from there.

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Really sorry to hear about your troubles, particularly as it sounds like you were within half a mile or so from my house as the crow flies and we didn't leave home until about 10:30am.

Just took another look at the pictures, and recognised the junction where you were. You can almost see my house from there.

Next time!

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Cheers Andy and Nasher and PM's

the big problem was i did not have my mobile phone with any of the friends numbers stored on it which caused us a lot of problems.......

we were lucky the wheel didnt come off, damage the boat , damage any other cars etc or hurt anyone, so for that we are thankful

10 years of roller bearings and no failures, 18 months of sealed bearings and bang

oh well.
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Really sorry to hear about your troubles, particularly as it sounds like you were within half a mile or so from my house as the crow flies and we didn't leave home until about 10:30am.

Do you know what I reckon? I reckon you have some sort of device that makes bearings fail right outside your house, just so you can get on RibNet and tell people how close they were to you afterwards . Seriously - I wish I'd realised how near you were when I lost a bearing on the A3!

Sounds a nightmare Chris - glad you got cover sorted eventually. At least it wasn't raining!
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