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Offline John Robertson

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As an idea it sounds good ... but the reality doesn't match up to the expectations.  Unless it's dead calm with no wind (<5mph) or tide you've got no chance of making any noticeable headway (petrol or electric, skirt tied up or not - I tested all of the combinations - best speed was 2.5mph in some random direction chosen by the wind and/or tide!).  Probably better to spend the outboard money on making sure your engine is reliable?

Steve's craft did tow my Prospector but only just (2mph terminal velocity sideways to the wind) - it required some assistance from oars!).  Luckily it was only to get around the corner 20 metres away so I could swap the pump without the craft being bumped and ground against the rocks (why do problems always happens at some dodgy spot?).
Reply #60 Oct 25, 2016, 5:58 pm
 

Offline Steve Holland

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I'll accept the Vanguard assisting John rowing his tiny Prospector in the wind and waves as validation that it was helpful at the time  :)  :)
Reply #61 Oct 25, 2016, 6:55 pm
There's no such thing as bad weather, your just wearing the wrong jacket!!
 

Offline Ian Brooks

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It'll do about 2mph maybe 3. Directional control is a bit tricky too, needs a rudder really. It's not going to get me home against the current, but in my case will get me to the nearest downstream slipway thus avoiding an embarrassing call to the coastguard! I have an ultra cheap/light Chinese outboard - more of a strimmer with a prop!
Reply #62 Oct 25, 2016, 10:28 pm
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I'll accept the Vanguard assisting John rowing his tiny Prospector in the wind and waves as validation that it was helpful at the time  :) :)
Yep - certainly better than getting out and pushing  ;) .  Hovercraft towing hovercraft never seems to work very well - I've tried plenty times and if you can get to 3mph you are lucky (and then there is the steering issue which makes the whole thing pretty difficult or impossible).  We probably need to try and develop a reliable method for doing this on safety grounds - I suspect pushing instead of pulling might fix the steering issues (big bumper cushion required!).
Reply #63 Oct 25, 2016, 11:10 pm
 

Offline Ian Brooks

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Managed to break away from the mince pies and take advantage of the superb weather yesterday. It was 2C so a bit cool - but no issue with a decent float suit on and hiding behind the windscreen!

I recently bought a 1940s book on the Severn, eBay special for a couple of quid, which describes the fishing communities of the time. It described thriving fishing villages where now there is almost nothing, so I decided to go looking for them.

Leaving Minsterworth in ideal conditions


On the way


First stop was the Milkmaid Rocks just upstream of Gatcombe. Back then, every turn, twist and rock of this river had names. I'm researching this as far as I can, but I'm pretty sure that most of the names died with the men who worked here. As I find out more, I'm adding them to www.openstreetmap.org - you can look up the Severn and see what I've got so far. Gatcombe supported a community who made a living in the fish wiers and stop net boats of the time.



A fish weir


A mile further down river is Purton, not where the Hulks are but the 'other' Purton on the west bank. Theres still a huge well built slipway here, remarkable to see given the lack of activity in the area now


A stopnet boat in action - the last one, restored by an enthusiast


Next stop was the railway bridge (west end). The photo is a bit blurry, I had an near miss with some quicksand! Should have been more careful, it just shows you need to be on your toes. Of not, in the case of quicksand, if you get caught, flop down onto your knees (or even spreadeagle) as fast as you can, then you don't sink and can waddle out. Muddier, but out!


And finally, the view from Wellhouse Rocks. Nice.


I finished the trip in Wellhouse Bay, looking for Jacobs Ladder, which runs up the cliff to a fish house. I think I found it, but not enought time to investigate properly, so thats for another time.

Al in all a great run in perfect conditions. We definitiely get better hovering conditions in the winter than the summer.
Reply #64 Dec 28, 2016, 9:37 pm
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Offline Warby

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Hi Ian, interesting stuff! There was one of the "Coast" type programmes on TV a few weeks ago which covered the tragedy of the fuel and oil barges colliding with the Railway Bridge, I hadn't realised there was a rail bridge there!!!
Reply #65 Dec 28, 2016, 10:05 pm
 

Offline Kim Taylor

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Love the picture you refer to as "blurry" - makes for a superb atmospheric image....
Reply #66 Dec 30, 2016, 9:46 am
 

Offline tomtilley

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         Nice pictures Ian And A great  cruise .
Reply #67 Dec 30, 2016, 7:08 pm
 

Offline Nick Flint

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I wonder if that picture was blurry because the camera was presumably cold? It look really chilling. Prraps because it was?
Reply #68 Dec 30, 2016, 9:24 pm
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Offline Ian Brooks

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I wonder if that picture was blurry because the camera was presumably cold? It look really chilling. Prraps because it was?

The dunking in quicksand followed by washing off in muddy water didn't help! It's all back to normal now. I think the picture does gain from the effect, I should have claimed that I did it on purpose!
Reply #69 Dec 31, 2016, 8:30 am
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Offline Nick Flint

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Ah---- the old quicksand special effect. Yes, its well known in camera club circles. Like smearing vaseline on things heh.
I am glad you didnt die just trying to get that effect. I feel youve lost your sense of proportion,
taking such chances for our benefit. We thank you but hey Ian, get a grip---😜
Reply #70 Dec 31, 2016, 2:51 pm
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Offline Ian Brooks

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It's been a quiet year for cruising this year, mostly down to the house taking up so much time recently. Obviously Scotland had to happen, and yesterday I put the craft back over the flood bank so a little run up the river had to happen, and my Severn hover famine was broken. Nice.

Unfortunately no decent photos though! This is the best I could manage.

Reply #71 Jun 18, 2017, 10:09 pm
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Not quite the Severn, but a little further south, I've just done three days at Weston laying and retrieving the Airshow markers.  Huge fun using Francis' drone to assist spot positioning followed by retrieval today and a perfect run out to Brean Head and back across the bay. I have never seen the water actually blue at Weston before. Pics will follow when I download them.
Reply #72 Jun 19, 2017, 5:31 pm
 

Offline Ian Brooks

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Cool - glad you got good weather! I was looking at it, but had a load of work to do on the house :(

Ian
Reply #73 Jun 19, 2017, 8:27 pm
Ian Brooks
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