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Old 15 March 2002, 17:47   #121
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I'm also behind the laptop, studying charts with one eye, trying to decide in which direction to go tomorrow and the other eye on this forum, checking out you guys (and you of course Nadia )

After a few days "on glue" last weekend the Zodiac should be good to go again.
I will launch the boat in the southwest of Holland (Zeeland) just for a days cruise...will probably get very wet as the wind is still pushing the waves...but the sun will be out at least, and the dry suit will keep me warm and dry

First cruise of the year for me...can't sleep!

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Old 15 March 2002, 17:49   #122
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Have a great cruz tomorrow - don't forget to keep your handbag safe!

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Old 15 March 2002, 17:50   #123
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Sounds like you have a great day planned. You really cant beat that first trip of the year.

Have a good one mate - we are with you in spirit.

Hope you can make it over to England later in the year and we'll take out for a cruise with us.
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Old 15 March 2002, 17:58   #124
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Still awake...

I glued the handbag to one of the tubes when I got the news about your adventure...better safe then sorry! Makes awkward shopping though...

I will surely be in the Uk later this year...my dad is living in geordieland, so a combination of visits is due to take place! Looking forward to Topaz! (Ow, sorry, and of course Sian...uffff)

I won't make my trip solo tomorrow, you will all be with me! Good feeling!

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Old 15 March 2002, 17:59   #125
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Graeme,
what are your plans in Cardiff on sunday?
I'll give you all a shout tomorrow, to arrange something?

Will be in the Viz centre 10:30 - 13:00 ish tomo 02920450583
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see ya soon.

Sian, you coming too?
Would be great to meet up with you guys before the SOC send off?
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Old 15 March 2002, 18:14   #126
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Unfortunatley I am tied up all day Sunday - I may get a few minutes to check out the Yacht Club and launch facilities - but cant say what time it will be.

I am however back in Cardiff Tuesday afternoon. I am hoping to stay for the evening meeting, but need to sort out my plans first.

If you are free to show me around the visitor centre Tuesday afternoon any time, or just to say hello prior to the SOC weekend let me know

My mobile numbr is 07900 278436
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Old 16 March 2002, 16:03   #127
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Great cruz!!!!

Just returned from a fab day out on the water!

During the night the wind did a 180 and this morning, when I arrived at the slipway, I was confronted with a flat calm! Not a ripple to be seen! It still amazes me to see how quickly sea conditions can change.

Engine started at the third pull and off we where! Circumnavigated two small islands just of the coast and followed the coastline for a while. Dropped anchor for a coffee and a sandwich...and then the old Yamaha wouldn't start again...nearly pulled my arm of trying, but no luck. Two new sparkplugs saved the day and whe wizzed back full throttle to the slipway. Even with a sea like a mirror still a thrill!

Recovered without problems and enjoyed the sun for a bit longer, playing badminton on the grass.

If this wasn't a perfect first run of the year, nothing is!

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Old 16 March 2002, 18:29   #128
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first cruz

Splish Splash
Yep we have been out today as well - first course (4 divers and two staff from major rib manufacturer) this year that it has felt like spring - bit rough at first Simon had the 4m searider and got wet in the rough stuff but the Humber was dry as a bone ( thats why the old man was in it!!). Real sunshine at last - perhaps Spring is here - I've had enough of winter!!
(probably rain on us tomorrow after this!!)
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Old 17 March 2002, 01:32   #129
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Eddy

Sounds great - there is just nothing like it is there?

Here's to a great season - hope to be able to meet up wih ou at some point and share some sea stories over a few drinks

Graeme & Sian
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Old 17 March 2002, 02:11   #130
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Start of the season! I was out in the Cromarty Firth on New Years day in Quicksilver. Sureley there aren't people who only take their RIBs out in the Spring and Summer?

Anyway on Monday evening I shall be making the 8 hour drive up to Scotland to collect the aforementioned Quicksilver ready for the SoC sendoff weekend. If the weather is less than hurricane force and the waves less than 50 feet I hope to get in a couple of trips in the boat whilst I am up there.

Cardiff here we come.

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Old 17 March 2002, 04:19   #131
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Keith

Like you we don't have a season - and our boats are always in commission for 12 months of the year.

However, there is always a defining moment that feels like the first cruise of a new 'season'

What I can never understand is people who completely store and 'winterise' their RIBS, often as early as October, and dont see them again until April time. Often these are 8 and 9 metre beasts that - in theory - should be able to cope with any weather - and often have the creature comforts that small RIBs dont have.

We have also found that some of the winter days spent on the water are amongst the best.

Guess some people are just more adventerous than others ...
we cant all take our Quicksilvers OVER the harbour wall in a storm ..........
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Old 17 March 2002, 06:39   #132
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Jools just rang, he is on his way to Cardiff.
so we are going to check out da szene.

Cathc ya later
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Old 17 March 2002, 16:02   #133
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Seasoned...

With my small inflatable I sort of have a season.
Most often I use it just for diving as most of the dive sites reachable from land are over crowded in the summer (especially those in tidal waters with a small "window" of slack tide).

I dive in snow, under ice, rain...doesn't matter, but the Zodiac has all the comfort of a shopping trolly (not to speak of the fact that I get soaking wet sitting on the tube!) so I tend to leave it until the sun comes out again.

I am sure that when I have the new RIB it will be in the water year round!

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Old 18 March 2002, 01:59   #134
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The Season

Hi Splishsplash

Talking of 'the season' you see I am a real expert because I have been boating for almost 2 years now! So please don't take much notice of anything I give my opinion on.

My season revolves around how often I can get up to our house in Scotland. Fortunately we are located in a position where we are able to find some sort of sheltered water whichever way the wind is blowing. All I have to do is persuade someone to come out in the boat with me.

Cheers

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PS please note the subtle literary reference.
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Old 18 March 2002, 03:08   #135
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Season, season!

I thought you lot were hard core and went out throughout the year!!!
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Old 18 March 2002, 04:02   #136
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Invitation...

Easy for you to say!
You are welcome next winter to sit on my tube...err...sit next to me on the tube in some nice typical wintery conditions on the north sea
Believe me, after that you will reconsider going into hibernation 'till spring!

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Old 18 March 2002, 04:18   #137
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Eddy

Fortunately for us we have a place called the Solent - where, so long as you wrap up warm, you can have some great days on the water al year round.

(Actually,not wishing o upset anyone, there are many other places - all along the South Coast in fact, parts of Wales etc where you can do the same thing)
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Old 18 March 2002, 04:32   #138
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Actually I like............

the North Sea during winter !! Or at least the Essex/Suffolk coastal bits of it. Bright crisp days, no-one around, wrap up warm, brilliant!

The Solent? Bit namby pamby if you ask me!


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Old 18 March 2002, 06:36   #139
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You an call it Namby Pamby if you like - but given the choice of the Solent or somwhere like Hull / Grimsby / Cleethorpes etc into the North Sea I know what I would choose

(see you in Cleethorpes .......(not))

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Old 18 March 2002, 06:47   #140
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Graeme,

I wonder how the North Sea lads would cope with the "Solent Chop" in a WAT, top of springs, F6
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