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Re: Severn Cruising
« Reply #156 on: Jan 24, 2020, 6:11 pm »
We’ll sort something out soon. You’re at Lydney if I remember correctly?


Count me in  :D


Cheers


Paul
Paul H
Herefordshire (i.e. a loooong way from the coast...) 🤔

Re: Severn Cruising
« Reply #155 on: Jan 23, 2020, 5:45 pm »
Love to meet up with you guys soon and start to explore the Severn and Wye,

We’ll sort something out soon. You’re at Lydney if I remember correctly?
Ian Brooks
Gloucester, UK

Re: Severn Cruising
« Reply #154 on: Jan 21, 2020, 6:20 pm »
Sounds good.
Where are you based?
What craft?
Memories are BETTER than Dreams---"Capn" FLINT

Re: Severn Cruising
« Reply #153 on: Jan 21, 2020, 4:12 pm »
Love to meet up with you guys soon and start to explore the Severn and Wye,

Re: Severn Cruising
« Reply #152 on: Jan 21, 2020, 7:54 am »
Great photos Ian. Really was a spectacular day on the river and chancing upon a pub topped it off beautifully! I have yet to go through the video I shot but will see what I got and post an edited version before too long.


Cheers


Paul
Paul H
Herefordshire (i.e. a loooong way from the coast...) 🤔

Re: Severn Cruising
« Reply #151 on: Jan 19, 2020, 8:16 pm »
Been a bit quiet on my cruising blog recently, there's sill been plenty of cruising going on just not had time to post about it.

This weekend was seriously good hovering weather, sadly I wasn't able to set off for an epic cruise due to Ruth having a broken leg (ouch) but did get a couple of trips out. Saturday Paul turned up with his Marlin, we decided to go upstream to see how the flooding was going. As usual, up to the wier at Maisemore and then turn around. Not this time though - the wier was completely drowned by the swollen river, so we headed up over the "interesting" rapids that had taken its place and continued up the river.

After a few miles, we rounded a bend and spied a pub - quick U turn later and we were parked on thier lawn! Normally there is a landing stage here, but it too was drowned forcing the landing. The whole pub came out to greet thier unusual visitors, resulting in an hours hover-nerding with (of course) an accompanying pint of superb ale. Its times like this that I love hovercrafting! Tha landlords daughter was very keen to "have a go" so was soon seated in the craft with her Dad - definitely a potential hover-recruit there!





Today was another great day, forcing a second trip this time downstream. The sunset was as usual spectacular:



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Ian Brooks
Gloucester, UK

Re: Severn Cruising
« Reply #150 on: Aug 28, 2019, 6:11 pm »
Ian, SOME ONE has to have pleasure, and we are glad it was you---------- ;)
Memories are BETTER than Dreams---"Capn" FLINT

Re: Severn Cruising
« Reply #149 on: Aug 27, 2019, 10:04 pm »
Great weather on the Severn this weekend, resulting in much hovering despite the previously mentioned "issue" with the crank sensor.

First hover was Friday after work - ostensibly to check things out prior to taking out the lucky hover trip winners from the local village fete. Just a quick run out and back, about 10 or twelve miles, all without incident.

Next was Saturday morning, nice and early. I put the craft in the water ready for the hover trippers, got them all life-jacketed and safety briefed, and sat in the craft. Which would not start - but that story is already told, so I won't go over previous embarrasment. Anyway, the craft was fixed by lunchtime which of course required a suitable extended testing just to be sure all was OK for the hover winners.

Sunday morning my trippers arrived for the re-run, I already had the craft in the water and all checked out. Everyone was very pleased when the engine jumped into life to a big cheer from the young man and his grandma who where going out. We had a good trip of about an hour, then my young guest had to dissappear to football club or some such worthy thing! But his Dad had turned up and was keen for a run out as well, doesn't take much to persuade me so out we went for a couple more hours :)

Monday we had visitors so no hovering allowed - until said visitors decided that a hovercraft run would be fun, so that was a couple more trips out just to round off the weekend.

The classic weather continued today, sadly I had to go to work  :(  Still, plenty of hovering was had so all good  ;D
Ian Brooks
Gloucester, UK

Re: Severn Cruising
« Reply #148 on: Jul 30, 2019, 7:12 pm »
Obviously Eric you've SEEN my legs. :o
Memories are BETTER than Dreams---"Capn" FLINT

Re: Severn Cruising
« Reply #147 on: Jul 30, 2019, 2:52 am »
" Death on a Stick ".   Australian Observer.

Re: Severn Cruising
« Reply #146 on: Jul 29, 2019, 2:27 pm »
Remarkable cure for the constipation that stalks the elderly.  :'(
Im SURE Ian thinks its normal to hover about 48 feet above the water- but I fail to get used to it.  :o
Kim (the man at the back with "greying temples" can be seen on winch button duty,
and Ians legs can be seen jutting awkwardly out from UNDER hus craft rear skirtal zone.
My craft is "out of shot", mainly because  my legs jut awkwardly out of the TOP of my craft.
A Severn Hoverfest all in one photo.  ;)
Shirley- THIS is photo of the month?


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Memories are BETTER than Dreams---"Capn" FLINT

Re: Severn Cruising
« Reply #145 on: Jul 29, 2019, 2:23 pm »
Novel Midnight pose.  ::)
Memories are BETTER than Dreams---"Capn" FLINT

Re: Severn Cruising
« Reply #144 on: Jul 29, 2019, 2:21 pm »
Great wknd Ian, tho not "exactly" as was expected.
Saturday was indeed a superb hover crafting day (although only one hour was spent travelling).
The REST of the days from 8-00am until 24-00 midnight was spent talking and doing some really good stuff.
Same goes for Sunday, when MUCH was learnt (by me) and taught (by Ian).
PRIVIDED Ian enjoyed teaching a slow learner, (and fast forgetter) then all was good.
Kims plans "were unavoidably altered" on the Sunday but this gave us plenty of time to test out various aspects of the Otter.
I am repeatedly amazed that after so many years doing this hobby, just how complex Hovercraft ownership, design and servicing and operations can be.
Just when I think I'm getting the general drift- I then find other stuff.
Thats good- complacency is no good thing (ever)!
Ubiquitous hover foto  included to prove we DID get out.
Memories are BETTER than Dreams---"Capn" FLINT

Re: Severn Cruising
« Reply #143 on: Jul 28, 2019, 10:01 pm »
After an unexpected change of plan, Nick and Kim found themselves 'available' so an impromptu hover-in was called for. The weather forecast was good, light winds and nice weather.

Nick turned up on Friday, so a quick trip to the Anchor was called for - about 5 miles by river (15 by road!). Decent pint in a proper old pub, one of the last riverside "anchorage" pubs, it owes its existance to the need to anchor the Severn trows (rymes with crow) up and wait for the high tide before progressing through the shallows  around Longney Crib



Saturday was mainly a day for hover-nerding, as we worked out why Kairos' radio wasn' working well. We made progress with that, so another trip to the Anchor was of course called for! Then back to the Hovtek South facility for an Indian and then relaxing by the river.



Always good to sit around the fire and talk b*****x about hovercraft!

Today turned out to be rather more windy than forecast, which put a stop to further hovering, but there was plently more opportunity for hovernerding to the day wasn't wasted.

Ian
Ian Brooks
Gloucester, UK

Re: Severn Cruising
« Reply #142 on: Jul 01, 2019, 11:01 am »
Looks good - some great weather over the weekend. 👍
Paul H
Herefordshire (i.e. a loooong way from the coast...) 🤔