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Title: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Feb 20, 2016, 4:30 pm
There was a brief window of better weather this week,  and I was owed a couple of hours so I slipped Sabrina over the bank for quick late afternoon run. Just to the other side of Epney, about a 12 mile round trip all told. I was tempted by the Anchor but I was losing the light so made the 'sensible' choice instead  ::)

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_20_02_16_4_19_58.jpeg)

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Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Jimmy Cooper on Feb 22, 2016, 7:29 am
"I was owed a couple of hours so I slipped Sabrina over the bank for".........................................
Thought that was going to be an "interesting tale" of you and your secretary!!!
LOL
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on Feb 22, 2016, 7:53 am
THAT kind of "monkey business" doesnt last a couple of hours so NO confusion here im glad to say. 🙄
Has anyone else noticed that ususally the "sensible" thing to do means stop the fun and return to base. !😏
This also can be applied in many tracts of the human experience, and only personal histories can decide which way to view the words🤔
Lovely wintrous pictures Mr Brookes. I bet it was chillie around your clarts. I presume you had a vest on?
I am considering purchasing some Fagin mittens mainly to help with my drone operations which will allow some sensory finger feed back whilst maintaining a certain degree of digital cosiness. Perhaps some dinghy racing water shedding ones may be best, which will be used up Loch Fyne as aircooled engines afford no heaters! 🌨☃🌬☔️💨❄️⛈
Porthmadog they will protect from sand blasting.🌬🌪🦀
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Mar 06, 2016, 9:16 pm
It was cold and grey today but light winds made it a hover-day. I had a bit more time so took Sabrina out as far as Hock Cliff (about 15 miles) before the gathering rain clouds persuaded me it was time to head back, about a 30 mile round trip.

I got the camera out on the way back so here's a few of the 'sights' !

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_06_03_16_8_06_17.jpeg)

Bullo Pill, there's a boat yard here although nothing ever seems to come out. I presume that boats are scrapped here.

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_06_03_16_8_07_29.jpeg)

Leaving Bullo Pill. Incidentally, 'pill' is the local name for the mouth of a stream that enters the Severn

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_06_03_16_8_37_21.jpeg)

The other boatyard at Collow Pill, about a mile from Bullo Pill. That's Newnham in the background.

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_06_03_16_8_39_35.jpeg)

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_06_03_16_8_40_57.jpeg)

Strangely there's a lightship moored in Collow Pill!

No more pictures after this as the rain started so I hunkered down behind the windscreen. Nice.

Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: rossfloyd on Mar 06, 2016, 9:32 pm
Did you see Freshspring at Newnham ?
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Mar 06, 2016, 9:51 pm
She's at Bullo

What's the story of he lightship at Collow?

Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: rossfloyd on Mar 06, 2016, 9:58 pm
Freshspring may be going to Devon soon for restoration.  I don't have any info on the light vessel.

I'm now highly frustrated having seen those pics but I'm grounded at present for 3rd party 'medical reasons' :-(
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Mar 06, 2016, 10:04 pm
Once things normalise let me know. I tend to go out at short notice when the weather is good, and I'm susceptible to persuasion anytime its decent. Which goes for anyone with a quiet, seaworthy craft weighing less than 400kg with lifting points.
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: rossfloyd on Mar 06, 2016, 11:16 pm
Thanks - Britannia is a bit over 400 kgs but Cambria is OK - although she is up for sale :-(
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: gavin parson on Mar 07, 2016, 7:00 am
Once the days are long enough, I like to go out at 6am on a weekend. Get a couple of hours cruising in then pick up some fresh bread or croissants on the way home for the family. Everyone's happy  ;D
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: tomtilley on Mar 07, 2016, 9:13 am
Once the days are long enough, I like to go out at 6am on a weekend. Get a couple of hours cruising in then pick up some fresh bread or croissants on the way home for the family. Everyone's happy  ;D

                            Good  thinking  Gavin.
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: dean finnigan on Mar 07, 2016, 1:46 pm
was at the old passage opp Newnham yesterday for Mothering Sunday Lunch   River Severn flat calm though might have seen you glide past Ian
saw lightship there on 1st dec last year but think it was there b/4 that
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Mar 07, 2016, 10:49 pm
Apparently it's the one from Cardiff. Supposedly its going to be a floating museum...
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: gavin parson on Mar 08, 2016, 6:02 am
We have quite a few lightships on the Medway. One has been converted to apartments you can rent and another is an arts and party venue.
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: rossfloyd on Mar 08, 2016, 10:11 am
https://twitter.com/sharpnessmike/status/600583717908815872?lang=en-gb

from Dean ....
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Mar 08, 2016, 6:58 pm
Nice!
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Mar 10, 2016, 7:58 pm
I needed to see a chap who lives about 8 miles down the river. Obviously theres only one way to travel on such a journey! Here's Sabrina parked on his slipway...

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_10_03_16_7_55_42.jpeg)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: dean finnigan on Mar 10, 2016, 9:01 pm
Ian
If you had BMW power you would have made tit to the top😂
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: John Robertson on Mar 10, 2016, 9:06 pm
... and if he'd had BMW power the craft would have been cowering in the garage for the last five months - along with all the other BMW powered craft  :P :D ;D
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Kip on Mar 10, 2016, 9:17 pm
Be fair John,
Some of them work very hard during the winter.
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: John Robertson on Mar 10, 2016, 9:19 pm
Good point - and an eminently useful purpose for a flat twin Briggs BMW engine  ;)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: tomtilley on Mar 12, 2016, 12:03 am
... and if he'd had BMW power the craft would have been cowering in the garage for the last five months - along with all the other BMW powered craft  :P :D ;D
       
                                   I think the only thing will  get  up  that  slope   is  a  bulldozers .
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: gavin parson on Mar 12, 2016, 6:14 am
It's still a mystery as to what engines are being used in Otters eh? 🙄
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: John Robertson on Mar 12, 2016, 9:41 am
It's still a mystery as to what engines are being used in Otters eh? 🙄
Is it (http://hoverclub.org.uk/index.php/topic,5269.msg42607.html#msg42607)?
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: gavin parson on Mar 12, 2016, 10:02 am
Post a pic then
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: John Robertson on Mar 12, 2016, 10:31 am
There you go .... if you need a picture of the actual engine then I'm sure Google can help with that.
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Warby on Mar 12, 2016, 11:02 am
If anyone wants to see a picture or info on the V810 engine, Google Rotax V810 , NOT Bombardier.
In 2003 Bombardier Inc sold Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) to a group of investers. Bombardier actually manufacture aerospace and rail (as in train) products while BRP manufacture Rotax engines, Evinrude Outboards, Sea Doo jet skis and SkiDoo Snowmobiles. Google BRP and select Rotax to see all their products.
Their latest 2 strokes might be interesting as they are direct injection (like Evinrude outboards) very low emissions and LIGHT weight , any thoughts?
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: gavin parson on Mar 12, 2016, 12:29 pm
I enquired about buying some Rotax engines last year and was turned down flat by them unless I wanted a thousand a year.
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Warby on Mar 12, 2016, 12:54 pm
Its strange the way they (Rotax) operate. You can go out and buy a kart engine from a Rotax dealer, you can even buy an aircraft engine from a dealer but it appears there are no dealers for any of the other engines. I remember years ago I think Bill Baker used to sell them.
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: John Robertson on Mar 12, 2016, 1:27 pm
Not strange at all - kart and aircraft engines are service items for OEM products.  No manufacturer is daft enough to setup a costly service and distribution network for a product that isn't already sold in volume within the UK/EU marketplace (i.e they won't sell enough to justify the cost)?

I don't understand all this analysing over engines - there are hundreds out there in volume production to choose from - pick something low-maintenance that's within the specified engine weight/space/power range of the craft (including mounts & transmission!) and go for it - it's just one component of a hovercraft and certainly not the most important.
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Mar 13, 2016, 9:37 pm
Nice weather for a run. There's been a series of big bores in the last few days and the River was well up, but the low tide timing was pretty much ideal for a trip down the Frampton. Perfect  weather, but as usual I had the River to myself. Just the occasional walker to wave to!

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_13_03_16_6_44_38.jpeg)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Mar 20, 2016, 10:37 pm
Nice weather today. The river was about the lowest I've ever seen and the tides were good, so a little run was called for. First thing that happened was I found the taperlock that fell in the River at Christmas! There it was stuck in the mud!

Perfect conditions let me get almost to Sharpness. I did have a disaster ... Forgot the matches so no tea!!!

Here's a couple of pics from the way back.

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_20_03_16_9_16_57.jpeg)

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_20_03_16_9_17_44.jpeg)

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_20_03_16_9_18_31.jpeg)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: gavin parson on Mar 21, 2016, 6:49 am
Looks beautiful Ian. I took an evening stroll with the family by the Medway and it looked flat calm too. Spectacular sunset as well.
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Pete Gow on Mar 23, 2016, 3:14 pm
Loving these views of the mighty River Severn, I live in Lydney but usually just see the river from the A48 o  the trips onto Gloucester or from Lydney docks when wasting some time sorry I mean getting some fresh air.
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Mar 23, 2016, 9:26 pm
Just for Pete here's a couple more views from last Sunday's run ☺

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_23_03_16_9_20_20.jpeg)

Hock Cliff near Arlingham. A great place if you like fossils!

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_23_03_16_9_21_13.jpeg)

The view towards Sharpness from The Noose

When you see pictures like this the Severn looks very gentle and benign. Don't be fooled, the River is just biding its time, in a few days the bore will be roaring up like a train and there'll be 6 ft standing waves waiting to catch the unwary 😨
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Pete Gow on Mar 31, 2016, 12:48 pm
Thank you Ian, much appreciated
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Bryan White on Apr 04, 2016, 10:29 am
It's about time I joined my mate of  the river. Give me a shout with a little notice
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Apr 04, 2016, 9:05 pm
It's about time I joined my mate of  the river. Give me a shout with a little notice

It is ...  ☺ ... I am a bit sh#te when it comes to planning!
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: dean finnigan on Apr 07, 2016, 10:37 pm
Big tides Ian hope Sabrina's safe
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Apr 13, 2016, 10:53 pm
Nathan and I took a little trip out. Found some weather out there !

http://youtu.be/vIVDbYDKte0 (http://youtu.be/vIVDbYDKte0)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: dean finnigan on Apr 13, 2016, 11:01 pm
Ian
When the weather broke you should have stopped at the Old Passage my favourite place on the Severn
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Jun 11, 2016, 9:09 pm
I had to take a trip down the river today to meet one of my neighbours. It turns out he has a Vortex Mistral which he is keen to get on the water, so watch this space.

On the way back conditions were nice so I continued on pat Gloucester to the tidal limit at Maisemore


Three bridges, not the prettiest Victorian railway bridge in the foreground and the modern road bridge in the background.
(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_11_06_16_8_23_32.jpeg)

Telford's bridge built in 1825, with a massive single stone span. Much prettier!
(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_11_06_16_8_25_12.jpeg)

And the weir at Maisemore. I didn't over top it today, I have in the past and I have a healthy respect for it.
(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_11_06_16_8_28_38.jpeg)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: martin on Jun 11, 2016, 10:21 pm
your gona need a boat
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: edwadee on Jun 12, 2016, 6:59 am
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Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Jun 26, 2016, 11:01 pm
I needed an antidote to 'certain items in the news' so Sabrina was fuelled up and dropped into the river for a trip down to Sharpness, about 22 miles each way.

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_26_06_16_8_38_48.jpeg)

Petrol barges Arkendale and Wastdale lie in solemn testament to the Severn Rail Bridge disaster of 1960, when six men lost their lives in a flaming sea obscured by a thick fog which prevented rescue boats launching. Sends shivers down the spine.

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_26_06_16_8_40_33.jpeg)

It was pretty hairy round the side of the wrecks, with a torrent streaming off the Frampton Sands. Making a slow sub-hump pass to take photos was not for the faint hearted! I love this craft, she just takes this stuff in her stride.

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_26_06_16_11_45_19.jpeg)

Then onto Sharpness Docks just to say I'd been there!

Ian
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Jul 18, 2016, 11:33 pm
Took the craft out for an hour after work. Amazing scenery in the sun!

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_18_07_16_9_54_23.jpeg)

The river has been pretty calm recently, much to my amazement I was able to see to the bottom in the shallow bits! What really amazed though, was all the fish!!! Who would ever have thought that there would be fish in that soupy muck? But it's teeming with them in the shallows!

I also took this slightly wierd shot. I'd like to say it was planned, but really it was an accident, see if you can work out what's going on?

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_18_07_16_9_55_16.jpeg)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: rossfloyd on Jul 19, 2016, 8:33 am
While we were on the A370 outside Weston with a blown Defender engine :-(((((((((((((((((
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Aug 14, 2016, 10:46 pm
Hello all!

The weather today was forecast to be excellent for hovering, and the tide was the perfect neap tide, so a decent run was definitely on the cards. Kingsley was also keen on a run out, he's needing a little inspiration to push him over the finish line with his Vanguard build - which was duly supplied! Today, hover inspiration was practically free!

Leaving Minsterworth around noon, the first stop was at the wrecks at Sharpness, I've been here many times but never been able to board them. Today the ideal conditions made it happen :)

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_14_08_16_9_15_34.jpeg)

You can clearly see where the falling bridge stantion almost cut one of the pair in two

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_14_08_16_9_18_05.jpeg)

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_14_08_16_9_18_45.jpeg)

Next stop was the Purton Hulks, time a little mooch around this bizarre ship graveyard.

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_14_08_16_9_19_46.jpeg)

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_14_08_16_9_20_48.jpeg)

Then it was off past Sharpness and heading out into open water down to the Severn Bridge at Beachely, for a swift pint at the Old Ferry - obviously!

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_14_08_16_9_12_47.jpeg)

With that done, we set off back chasing the rising tide. Now most of the sandbanks were submerged and we made a direct course at a good cruising speed, and we were catching up with the tide quickly! As we rounded the horseshoe bend, we overtook the tide, and suddenly we were back in the low tide again! Wierd!

All said, a great afternoon out, about 5 hours on-cushion on less than 20 litres of fuel covering well over 65 miles.

 :D :D :D

Ian
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Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Gary Firth (Gazza) on Aug 15, 2016, 7:39 am
Inspiring stuff.
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Aug 29, 2016, 9:11 pm
Took a little trip down to Hock Cliff for a cuppa.

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_29_08_16_9_00_31.jpeg)

Forgot the matches :(

Which wasn't the saddest thing during the run, I came across a dog. Someone will be fed up. It had obviously been in the water a while, I couldn't really tell what breed it was. Probably a Staffie.

But the day was lovely, bizarrely there were lots of people on various sandbars! Really! I've never seen it like that before. You do have to be 'in the know' to play in the sand on the Severn, as well as being a lovely day this was also a neap tide not due until after 6. So safe enough. Oh, and you have to know where the sand is, or more accurately, where the mud is not.

Ian
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Oct 23, 2016, 10:04 pm
My son joined the RAF recently and during his training was "requested" to divvy up some lots for a charity auction. So naturally he sold me. Or rather my time and hovercraft! So this weekend I had a bunch of lads and lasses turned up to claim thier prizes.

In a first for my little Hoverport, I hosted a visiting craft - Bryan hovered up from Berkeley, about 20 miles. My first hover-in! I expect many more there are at least another 4 craft up and down the river and I have moorings!

Each of the 'winners' got a 2 1/2 hour run down to Sharpness and back via the Purton hulks and all the other sights on the river that were showing. Added to that a few more shorter joyrides for everyone else that fancied a go and the craft got about six or seven operating hours in a well over a hundred miles - probably 120 at a guess.

This was the now traditional sunset picture from the last run of the day

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_23_10_16_6_49_30.jpeg)

All in all a very successful day, everyone enjoyed themselves and my favourite comment was "I expected it to be noisy, I'm surprised how quiet it is" :)

Ian
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: penfold on Oct 23, 2016, 11:17 pm
If they've been introduced to the paraffin budgies they will be facilitating once qualified, even a noisy integrated craft with no silencer is quiet compared to them.
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on Oct 24, 2016, 5:58 pm
Fabulous, and very kind of you.
(or your son )?
I bet it was also really good fun. 8)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: tomtilley on Oct 24, 2016, 7:58 pm
   
         Ian  that looks to be a good run out for  the lads .
                                                                                                          Tom.
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Oct 24, 2016, 8:11 pm
A good run out for the craft too, with two strapping lads and me on each trip, plus 45 litres fuel, aux engine, tools, spares and general tat we were up to the 325kg maximum load and it still jumped over hump with a very pleasing rush.  :D I did need a few more revs than normal to be fair!
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: rossfloyd on Oct 24, 2016, 8:20 pm
How did you fit the aux motor ?
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: John Robertson on Oct 24, 2016, 9:15 pm
Craft was designed to fit one:
(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/1_19_09_13_2_25_17.jpeg)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: rossfloyd on Oct 24, 2016, 10:38 pm
Thx  ... :-)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on Oct 25, 2016, 9:47 am
What engine size is it please, and are the wooden add ons only placed when needed?
I presume you sit next to it at the back to steer---?
I always delight in an alternative "way to get back". (The bank or the beach)
Perhaps an electric outboard could be utilised as a get safe manoeuvre?, even at the front to make steering a little easier?
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Steve Holland on Oct 25, 2016, 11:14 am
Big problem is the drag....dead in the water hovercraft equals water parachute. In saying that my vanguard managed to pull Johns prospector to safer water when his fuel pump decided to play dead. It wasn't easy, john's windscreen came in handy to prevent a soaking!!

I have a 3.5hp Mercury that I tried to use on the Vanguard Starboard side some years ago. The motor location didn't work but the outboard managed to push a 14ft craft sideways at 3 mph so pushing it forward with the skirt tabbed up to the hull should give a small amount more. No keel means drifting is inevitable
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: John Robertson on Oct 25, 2016, 5:58 pm
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?).
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Steve Holland on Oct 25, 2016, 6:55 pm
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  :)  :)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Oct 25, 2016, 10:28 pm
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!
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: John Robertson on Oct 25, 2016, 11:10 pm
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!).
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Dec 28, 2016, 9:37 pm
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
(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_27_12_16_7_38_58.jpeg)

On the way
(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_27_12_16_7_41_23.jpeg)

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.
(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_27_12_16_7_50_57.jpeg)
(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_27_12_16_7_52_28.jpeg)

A fish weir
(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_28_12_16_9_32_29.jpeg)

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
(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_27_12_16_8_01_43.jpeg)

A stopnet boat in action - the last one, restored by an enthusiast
(http://www.salmonboats.co.uk/mediac/400_0/media/stopperpond.JPG)

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!
(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_27_12_16_7_55_50.jpeg)

And finally, the view from Wellhouse Rocks. Nice.
(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_28_12_16_8_15_45.jpeg)

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.
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Warby on Dec 28, 2016, 10:05 pm
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!!!
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Kim Taylor on Dec 30, 2016, 9:46 am
Love the picture you refer to as "blurry" - makes for a superb atmospheric image....
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: tomtilley on Dec 30, 2016, 7:08 pm

         Nice pictures Ian And A great  cruise .
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on Dec 30, 2016, 9:24 pm
I wonder if that picture was blurry because the camera was presumably cold? It look really chilling. Prraps because it was?
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Dec 31, 2016, 8:30 am
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!
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on Dec 31, 2016, 2:51 pm
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---😜
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Jun 18, 2017, 10:09 pm
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.

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_17_06_17_11_31_57.jpeg)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: rossfloyd on Jun 19, 2017, 5:31 pm
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.
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Jun 19, 2017, 8:27 pm
Cool - glad you got good weather! I was looking at it, but had a load of work to do on the house :(

Ian
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Jul 04, 2017, 9:06 pm
After a week building a fence I finally got the hover out for a couple of hours. The water was very low so I was able to land on the barge 'Bristol' that's abandoned on the bank and has been for as long as I can remember.

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_04_07_17_8_49_38.jpeg)

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_04_07_17_8_51_20.jpeg)

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_04_07_17_8_50_51.jpeg)

It's still pretty intact but not seaworthy I would say! It's remote location has protected it from vandals and scavengers. Not sure the galley would meet with modern standards!

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_04_07_17_8_52_06.jpeg)

There's a nice Ruston electric and hydraulic generator that looks pretty intact.

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_04_07_17_8_53_26.jpeg)

Not sure what the vessel was used for, there's some serious hydraulic gear on the deck but not (as far as I could see) any propulsion engine. Any ideas?

Ian


Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Warby on Jul 04, 2017, 11:03 pm
Could it be one of the Purton Hulks?
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purton_Hulks#
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Warby on Jul 04, 2017, 11:16 pm


After a week building a fence I finally got the hover out for a couple of hours. The water was very low so I was able to land on the barge 'Bristol' that's abandoned on the bank and has been for as long as I can remember.

Hi Ian, just a thought :- could the name "Bristol" refer to the port of registry?
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Jul 05, 2017, 10:50 pm
It's not a Purton hulk, it's about 15 miles away!
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Jul 05, 2017, 11:14 pm
I'm used to having this river to myself, but today I passed not one but two boats. One of them I've seen before, he rows his dog over to the sandbanks for a run! The second had three guys in it, I found out later what they were up to!

The river has been very low recently, which has changed the layout of the sand and channels dramatically. And now we have some major drop offs where previously there was just a gentle beach!

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_05_07_17_10_38_21.jpeg)

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_05_07_17_10_39_06.jpeg)

Since it was high tide I took a trip down to Purton and Gatcombe to see the remains of the once thriving fishing industry there. There's a number of long forgotten quays and slipways on the river side of the railway, and several tunnels that were used to gain access from the hamlet behind. There's a very rare stopnet boat being used as a planter- very sad 😞

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_05_07_17_10_39_51.jpeg)

Also poignant is a putcher left exactly where the last fisherman left it. It never made it into the wier. Must be quite a late one as traditionally they were woven from reeds but this on is wire.

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_06_07_17_9_00_45.jpeg)

The view from Gatcombe to Sharpness.

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_05_07_17_10_43_32.jpeg)

Coming over Purton sands I could see why they used to fish for salmon with lave nets, there were some huge fish in the shallows that a skilled man could net. They used to watch them coming and head them off with the net into a dead end before scooping them up!

On the way back I found out what the three men in a boat were up to. Rounding a corner I spotted a bloke in the river - very unusual! I set up to take the wide path around him, but he was gesticulating frantically to take the narrow path. Then I spotted the long net across the river! I thought long net fishing had long since stopped but clearly not. I thought about going over the net, but figured they would panic so I dropped it into the water in an emergency stop and went round him. So there you go, there is still some fishing on the river.


Great evening out!
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Eric Yeoman on Jul 06, 2017, 2:05 am
There's a very rare stopnet boat being used as a planter- very sad 😞

It is, in a way. At least it's in plain sight & can be measured & recorded, if needed. It is a type of preservation I guess.  ::) It's not buried & lost.. 2 cents :)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Aug 27, 2017, 9:48 pm
I took a break from the renovation work today  :D The weather forecast was looking good and the tides were favourable. I've had an ambition to show that it's possible to to get right out from my place and into the Bristol channel proper, so today was the day. The destination for today was Denny Island, a tiny dot in the Bristol Channel

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_27_08_17_9_08_02.jpeg)

I set off about 11 from Minsterworth, an hour before the tide was due, meaning that I would pass the bore en route. As it was only a 7.5m tide today, though, the bore was not going to be an issue. I met it at Unla Water (near Arlingham). As predicted it was small, but still brings enough turbulence to keep you on your toes. I didn't get any pics of the 3ft standing waves I inadvertable plughted through at 25mph! A bit bumpy but no adverse effects. Once through the tidal wave, its remarkable what a change you see - its almost instantly from low tide to high tide. Incidentally, Unla Wasser is Saxon for "dreadful water" - legend has it that the Saxons were persuing the Britons who waded over the river at the only ford. The Saxons, thinking to head them off, waded into the river and were all drowned in the deep and tubulent reach they stepped into!

Heading past Sharpness on the Welsh side at almost exactly high tide, I could see something big in at Lydney pier - not thing you would expect! It turned out to the the steamship Balmoral taking on passengers ... They were all lined up against the railings waving and taking photos!

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_27_08_17_7_40_27.jpeg)

Passing Lydney I decided to take a short break at one of very few sandy beaches on the Severn - in this case an impossibly red sand from the outcropping stone. I took the opportunity to check in with home, just a quick text so someone knew more or less where I was "just in case".

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_27_08_17_7_38_03.jpeg)

Continuing, I soon got my first sight of the old Severn crossing - majestic as ever. Would you believe that this is a grade 1 listed building ??? And of course not long after that, the second crossing emerged from the haze. This picture is from the Bristol Channel side rather than the Severn side.

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_27_08_17_7_38_49.jpeg)

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_27_08_17_7_41_20.jpeg)

This time I had chosen to arrive around high tide, so there was not touble passing under the second bridge. At low water, the main channel is a ferocious torrent - if I was heading into that without power it would be instant "mayday"!! There are a couple of way through for hovercraft, though. A good one is throught English Lake on English side, under the 7th span of the bridge. Better count carefully!

By now I was out into the Bristol Channel proper, and what a day to do so! I could easily have extended the trip to Weston or Cardiff today. But best to stick to the itinerary as I was operating solo. Next time I'll do the Weston run! So a quick circumnavigate of the island and away. There was no-where to land at this state of tide - last time I came here (from Weston beach) the tide was out and you could land easily.

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_27_08_17_7_44_07.jpeg)

Since I couldn't land on Denny, and I was quite keen to have some lunch, I set out for Severn Beach. This was once a thriving seaside town with pealure beach and all, although how they could call it Severn BEACH is beyond me - Severn "muddy pebbles" would be more accurate. I drew the usual interest from the beachgoers - at least from those that were happy to brave the mud!

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_27_08_17_7_45_16.jpeg)

So all that was left was to head back. I stopped briefly on Chapel Rock, which is a little island of the point where the Wye joins the Severn. This pile of rocks (there is one wall left) used to host a monk who would hold services on Sundays! Unbelievable what people did back then.

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_27_08_17_5_54_15.jpeg)

The return run was uneventful, superb, exactly what this is all about. So that was 80 miles in ideal conditions, just over 5 hours  travelling mostly around 20-25 mph (most efficient speed) and I used just 22 liters of fuel! So thats over 3.5 miles per liter or about 16 miles per gallon - pretty impressive I would say! With my fuel contingency, I could easily have made Weston and back.

Now - if there were a record for the furthest trip from Minsterworth and back, I would have just smashed it to pieces! No boat could make that trip in one tide due to the shallows that need to be circumnavigated one way or the other. And no boat could do it on 22 liters, thats for sure  ;D

Can't wait for the next good weather!


Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Eric Yeoman on Aug 28, 2017, 12:56 am
 ;) ;D
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on Aug 28, 2017, 7:10 am
So Ian- can we expect the full story soon then----? :o
SO SORRY we missed this, but relieved WE had a great time also up northing T'Umber Hestuarie.
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Kim Taylor on Aug 28, 2017, 8:06 pm
Well now - THAT is the way to write up a hover-cruise! Looks like an amazing trip which I'd love to repeat with you at some time if possible...Great photos too!
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Aug 28, 2017, 10:54 pm
Well now - THAT is the way to write up a hover-cruise! Looks like an amazing trip which I'd love to repeat with you at some time if possible...Great photos too!

Yep - there will definitely be a sequel! It's funny, when I started doing runs out of Minsterworth I thought sharpness was a major run. Now I can see the possibilities for real long distances. Ive an ambition to do Minsterworth to Weston and Newport and back in one day taking in Steep Holm and Flat Holm too! I've mapped it out and it's feasible. It's all about the weather and tides really. But there's also lots still to explore in upper Severn. I've another ambition to begin contributing to the Citizan Project (http://www.citizan.org.uk/) by recording the fast disappearing Severn historiCal artifacts that remain and can only be approached by hovercraft
 
Ian
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Philip on Aug 29, 2017, 9:24 pm
Looks like an epic trip, reminds us how far things have moved on with craft reliability.
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Sep 02, 2017, 7:33 pm
Went for a little mooch about round hock cliff and the noise, visiting places from the Citizan database. Most places I visited were mostly wishful thinking on the part of the person who loaded them. But the tide was right out so I visited a few interesting spots. Poked about in an old fish House - many years since it was occupied, that's for sure!

Found this, very impressive! About 2 ft diameter. There were loads of them!

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_02_09_17_7_25_51.jpeg)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Warby on Sep 03, 2017, 1:16 pm
Hi Ian, was that Ammonite fossil actually part of the 'bedrock' or could it easily be removed?
I was on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset some years ago searching for Fossils but saw nothing approaching the size of the one in your photo! We did meet a couple who found this one!
You could start an HC Fossil Hunt!!
https://ukfossils.co.uk/2010/03/04/westbury-on-severn/
https://ukfossils.co.uk/2010/03/04/hock-cliff/
https://ukfossils.co.uk/2010/03/04/aust-cliff/
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Sep 03, 2017, 8:06 pm
It was well and truly attached! I did find a loose one which wasn't quite as nice as the picture, but it was in a block I couldn't move on my own.

This spot isn't on any guide I've seen, there's no public footpath and when you can get a boat in the deposits are covered - which is why they are still there I suppose. A few old rivermen will know, but there's not so many of them left!

Ian
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Bryan White on Sep 03, 2017, 8:32 pm
Looks great mate. Typical holiday got in the way.
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on Sep 04, 2017, 9:09 pm
Argh gee thats so impressive. I once dived down about 25 ft for a conche shell. That made it really valuable to ME. I gather the dorset coast is the place for fossils, and there MUST be great places only we can visit?
Anyone know?
Ive always wanted to moon about with a small hammer looking studious!
Ive got the spectacles, 🤓all i need is the intelligence now---
Any time soon?😜
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Gary Firth (Gazza) on Sep 05, 2017, 1:32 pm
Plenty on the east coat. Got this from runswick bay.
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Oct 01, 2017, 8:40 pm
Not much hovering recently been away for 3 weeks of the last 5, so going a bit cold turkey. Managed a quick trip down to Garden Cliff just to keep the collywobbles away!

Stopped off at Rosemary Point to visit a ruin on the banks. Turns out to a be Grade 2 listed fisherman's cottage, not sure it's got long for this world

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/gallery/9_01_10_17_8_34_17.jpeg)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on Oct 02, 2017, 11:33 am
---"Stopped off at Rosemary Point to visit a ruin on the banks. Turns out to a be Grade 2 listed fisherman's cottage, not sure it's got long for this world"---
Ian ---I am afraid its ALREADY gone. just check out the photo, or am I missing something?------------- ::)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Eric Yeoman on Oct 02, 2017, 11:35 am
What???
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on Oct 02, 2017, 11:40 am
Size isn't everything Eric.
What I think i said was it appears "ITS  ALREADY GONE Ian"--- rather than not long for this world.
---or-- have i missed something------ ::)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Gaz on Oct 03, 2017, 7:18 am
What Nick said was...
Quote
Quote
---"Stopped off at Rosemary Point to visit a ruin on the banks. Turns out to a be Grade 2 listed fisherman's cottage, not sure it's got long for this world"---
Ian ---I am afraid its ALREADY gone. just check out the photo, or am I missing something?------------- ::)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Oct 28, 2017, 6:49 pm
Nice weather today, so took a break from painting the house  ;)

Just got set off down the river, when I spotted this sitting on a small mudflat. I presume its a porpoise, but would be happy to be corrected. I would rather have seen it alive, really :( it probably shouldn't be this far up, maybe thats what contributed to its demise, I've certainly never seen one on the Severn before. Having said that, we do get allsorts up here form time to time, anything from tuna to sharks.
Severn in October


Visited the last operational fish house, this one was in use right up to 2012 to my knowledge. Looking a bit sad now though.
Servern in October


The low sun made for some interesting views!
Severn in October


Severn in October


All in all a nice little run  :)

Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Warby on Oct 28, 2017, 6:58 pm
Looks like a bottle nose dolphin, very common in  Tremadog Bay ( Porthmadog/Barmouth/Abersoch)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Oct 29, 2017, 6:21 pm
Yep, looks like it was a dolphin. I reported it to the UK Cetacean Stranding Investigation Program (http://ukstrandings.org/how-to-report-a-stranding/). If you find one alive, they have a hotline to call to get help with saving it. Sadly it was all too late for mine.

Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on Oct 29, 2017, 8:18 pm
Hoverclub orgUK???
Are the photos receiving a water mark?
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Nov 11, 2017, 9:44 pm
Despite the highly erratic forecast, I took Sabrina out today. I've been researching the almost-forgotten salmon fishing industry in the Severn, it was a huge employer right up until the fifties. I took a old chap out last weekend, who was from a fishing family, his grandfather had the fishing house at Madam Pool in minsterworth ( he was an interesting chap, 87 but still very much with it, he's keen to go out again!).

Anyway, today I wanted to see whether two fish houses still existed in Wellhouse Bay (,opposite Sharpness). So I set out with some vague idea where they were to see if I could find them.

The first I found belonged to Joe Watham and Harry Goulding in the late forties, and they were amongst the last in a long line of Stopping Boat fishermen to work this area. They would moor the boats across the run of the tide, and put a Stop net over the gunnels. It's a triangular net on a framework of wood, the salmon are washed into it by the tide and the fisherman quickly raised it to trap the fish. An incredibly dangerous form of fishing. There's no much left of Joe and Harry's fish house, but we still know the motto which is all the more poignant because this is the very fireside

Whatever the wind and whatever the tide
There's always good fishing by our fireside

I suspect that the fishing in question was made from apples!

A story to be told!


The second house is only a mile downstream, but this house is for a fishing wier. This is a row of stakes standing out into the tideway to which cone shaped baskets are fixed. The fish enter these and cannot turn, so they are trapped. This house is located at the foot of a steep cliff, accessed by a ladder known as Jacobs Ladder. Another time I'll see if that is still there!

Sadly this house is also not long for this world.

Fishing House




Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: rossfloyd on Nov 13, 2017, 9:35 am
Imminent
Expected within six hours of time of issue
Soon
Expected within six to 12 hours of time of issue
Later
Expected more than 12 hours from time of issue
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Nov 24, 2017, 8:41 pm
The weather was too good for work today  ;) well I've put a fair few his in this week so what goes around comes around, and I dropped Sabrina in this afternoon for a nice little trip downriver. The weather was superb, cold but flat calm and sunny.

Cold but sunny!


I stopped in Wellhouse Bay again, mainly because it was time for a cuppa! In the background you can see what remains of the posts used to hold the putchers - conical baskets used to trap fish, like this, taken in 1964


(http://www.coaley.net/fwr/07/fr07036c.jpg)

The last person to come here carefully stacked his putchers in the fish house for the close season, and never returned to set the m out again. Who knows why? Perhaps retired and no one wanted to take over the business, But whatever the reason here they are, the shed is slowly collapsing but you could still bring them out and catch yourself some fish!

Cold but sunny!


Cold but sunny!









Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on May 07, 2018, 10:15 pm
It looked like a decent weather window was opening up, and Nick was keen to get his craft out so we met at the Minsterworth hoverport Saturday afternoon. After a couple of hours faffing about we put Nicks craft in the water for a solo run to the wier at Maismore, then I met him on the way back and we headed to the pub at Epney for beer & grub.

Arriving back as the light was fading, Nick was a bit apprehensive to see Sparkle dangling from a thread. It's not obvious, but the water is about 15ft down.

Bring her in


No issues though, both craft were soon parked on dry land - had to clear a little tree out of the way to make room!

Two craft parked


Wasn't long before the beer supply was reconnected and "talking bo**ox" commenced for the rest of the evening!

Beers by the river


In the morning, the craft were launched for a longer trip. The weather could not have been better- total flat calm and not a cloud in the sky. Hovering weather! The plan was that there was no plan ... meander down the river and see what took our fancy. First stop was an old fish house and "fishing engine" at Awre - a superb little spot and a little Severn history too.

Next we visited the old fishing quay at Gatcombe, a completely forgotten substantial stone structure, completely isolated by the river and railway. It would be a great camping spot except it is so thick with brambles you can't actually get on it. So it was time for tea - and Nick obliged with the obligatory Kelly kettle.

Time for tea


From Gatcombe the Purton Hulks were easily visible, so a little visit was necessary - of course! It's always worth a visit there, even if only to entertain the crowds.

Purton Hulkjs


Given the perfect weather, the miles were slipping past and we soon found ourselves well beyond Sharpness and stopped of briefly at Guscar rocks - I wanted to have a look and maybe check out a stnding stone, but the sight of the Severn bridge in the distance had Nick salivating so that was decided upon!

Severn Bridge


Nick wanted to go under the bridge, and once that was done there was nothing else for it but turn right and head up the Wye. This is one of the best hovercraft runs (I reckon) in Britain - first you pass under some impressive bridges of various ages and styles, then enter the Wye gorge guarded by Chepstow castle

Chepstow Castle


(The smart ones will notice this was taken on the way back down stream - better angle!

Wye gorge


After a few miles up the winding Wye, Nick radio'd a stop request - he wanted to check his fuel, given that we'd been cruising all morning and were over 45 miles out including a few detours. Sensible. So we pulled up in  muddy hole on the bank.

Muddy Wye


And the answer? Of the 50 litres Sparkle was carrying, she had use only 11! Now that is fanstastic economy - around 15 mpg - no other powered watercraft could touch that (at a sustained 20-25 knts). Since time was now getting on, we set off back, about 41 or 42 miles in a single hit. This time following alternative routes through the many channels of the Severn, and marvelling at how the river shifts gazillions of tons of sand a mud around. Here's the route - 85 miles or so.

Nicks Route


What a run! Perfect, this is what hovercraft were made for.






Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on May 08, 2018, 11:53 am
Thanks Ian for such a super 2-3day blast of unadulterated FUN. 8)
Cant fault you on your report, so heres a few pictures prior to sorting out a proper film review shortly.
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on May 08, 2018, 12:00 pm
The writer in fun mode. (rare footage) ::)
Please note the rough water to stern was caused by Ians recent passage as per the wash being at right angles to his passage----- :o
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on May 08, 2018, 12:02 pm
THIS is smoother------ ::)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on May 08, 2018, 12:04 pm
Rare footage of Mr Brookes at a hostelry. He is the young happy thing on the right!
Im not-----
Their local hand pump ale was a revelation to the spirits. ;)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on May 08, 2018, 12:07 pm
This conflagration was around 11-00 PM after some matured Loch Fyne Ales were sampled in readiness for their replacement in three weeks time-------
Sitting in TOTAL DARKNESS chatting over the days events was memorable in extreme!
I trust it was also for the ever patient Ian---- ::)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on May 08, 2018, 6:21 pm
Heading towards the Severn Bridge at the other end of this glass mirror.
Stugeron Tablets were not needed for this crossing. The sand/mud banks neath the "waves" were smooth and at times 24 mms deep or less. Because of the changing sand/mud banks, ONLY hovercraft can navigate --- and in two whole days we NEVER saw another craft of any type. At times like this its good to buddy up. To be out THERE alone, would be a smidgen lonely, and tempting fate i think.
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on May 08, 2018, 6:25 pm
This effectively cleared Ians recent constipation----- oops! :-[
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on May 08, 2018, 6:26 pm
Perhaps my fave photo? 8)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on May 08, 2018, 6:27 pm
tho this is nice! 8)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Philip on May 08, 2018, 7:01 pm
I like the very distinctive coloured headset :) ;) :)  EBay specials?
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: edwadee on May 09, 2018, 9:00 am

Mr Flint said:-



Sitting in TOTAL DARKNESS chatting over the days events was memorable in extreme!
I trust it was also for the ever patient Ian


Mr Brooks said :-


Wasn't long before the beer supply was reconnected and "talking bo**ox" commenced for the rest of the evening!
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on May 09, 2018, 11:26 am


Deterioration soon sets in once the words leave my mouth.
Up to that point they are just fine------ :-[
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Oct 16, 2018, 10:37 pm
All been a bit quiet on the Severn Cruising front recently, an omission I hope to rectify soon. The main reason was a slight modification I made to certain bones in my left shoulder/arm, all now fixed thankfully. Plus we've actually moved into the house (only took 3 years to renovate!) just in time for the winter cruising season to begin  ;) I like the winter, because we seem to get more calm settled conditions - less hot sun to drive onshore winds. Watch this space!

Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Oct 23, 2018, 11:08 pm
Back in the summer the local fete committee made their usual request for items or promises to raffle at the summer fete, and I offered a ride in a hovercraft on the river Severn. I did this last year too and it went down very well, eventually I took a very interesting 87yr old for a trip to the places of his youth, where his grandfather fished back in the day, when half the local economy was based on Salmon. This year Dave, a local farmer, won the prize so a day was set for the run. Since it looked promising, I decided to make a weekend of it, so Kim and Nick brought their craft along to the "hoverport" too. This was the most craft I have ever hosted and it did stretch the facilities to the maximum!

hoverpark


Saturday we took a trip out with Dave, down the river to see some of the usual sights. Interestingly, despite Dave owning land right on the riverside, he had never been out on the water. He absolutely loved it; the conversation soon moved to all the usual 'how much / how long' questions so I would not be surprised to see him appear on the club site - he would certainly be very welcome - and is likely to accompany me on further trips, after all if I have a spare seat, then why not?

The weather started out with thick, thick fog so it was late morning before we got set off into maybe 200m visibility - adequate, and we knew it was clearing as the sun was making its first tentative appearance in the haze. As we got past Awre the weather brightened into a superb day.

Severn at Awre


The trip took us right down to the Severn bridge and we planned lunch at the Old Ferry - which was the only downside of the day, as it was shut! Oh no! It's being refurbished, I do hope the new owner is as welcoming as the old of the occasional visit by slightly muddy hovernaughts!

Sunday saw the second set of visitors appear, including an 80 ye old gentleman who has had a long fascination with hovercraft, made models etc but never been in one. He was really keen, and managed to negotiate 'Jacobs Ladder' - it seemed to me that nothing would put him off his trip and we were very pleased to help :)

Just to add to the general air of chaos, new member Paul H (who is building a marlin) was invited as he's pretty local, plus a couple of Kims friends - so the garden was pretty full!

The forecast for Sunday was 5mph gusting 8 from the NW, pretty ideal conditions. Not exactly what we got though! We took another run down river, this time stopping at Hock Cliff for a little impromptu fossil hunting and a general enjoyment of this beautiful spot.

Hoverclub fossil hunt!


Next we went on down to visit Arkendale and Wastdale to pay our respects to the men who died in the Severn railway bridge disaster in the 60's.

Arkendale and Wastdale


The final leg of the trip was planned to be a trip round the Lydney channel, a lesser known alternative to the main ship channel on the English side of the river. I had noticed the freshening SW breeze whilst standing on Waveridge sands, and wondered about the accuracy of the forecast, but at about 15 mph we were still within safe limits so we continued. However, as we approached the narrowest point of the river locally between Sharpness and Wellhouse Rocks, the breeze strengthened. A few minutes later, and a call on the radio made the decision to abort the final leg into a no-brainer. Checking the Sharpness website later made it clear why - the breeze was peaking at 25knts (nearly 30mph) making things a bit uncomfortable. So we turned and started an early run back, not in the least disappointed as such a fantastic day had already been had.

Getting three craft in and out using the crane is not the smoothest operation in the world, but by now the crew were getting the hang of it so we had them all in and
Secure in no time. I felt sad at the end of a superb hover weekend but happy that so many people had such a great time. Roll on next time!

Ian
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Kim Taylor on Oct 24, 2018, 5:47 pm
Thank you Ian for the invite and to all who turned up - a brilliant weekend on the river 8)
My photos are similar to those posted already so I won't duplicate ::)
I hadn't been hovering since Loch Fyne in the summer so was well overdue for a "fix".



Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on Oct 24, 2018, 9:11 pm
Even when i take the picture, i still keep talking through it all.
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on Oct 24, 2018, 9:21 pm
Returning from a hot bridge cunningly named The Severn Bridge (I think)


Ian leaves a rainbow! :o
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on Oct 24, 2018, 9:43 pm
Cunningly named mud FLAT was chosen to play/ practice touch and goes, goes around, comes around.
Can i draw the readers attention to my approach slide which displays a pleasant carved muddle groove from my still erect divider and bow curtain!
What a joy to behold.
Its easy on cruises to
Start
Cruise
Stop.
This mud flat away from all twitchers and houses allows us to practice. Repeating the same manouvre allows skills to be honed. Staying above hump whilst turning to return to land with various wind and wave levels all helps to build skills. Gentle curves on mud can only occur if attention is paid to the lift levels and mud / sand quality, to avoid tuck in due to low lift or mud stickiness
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Dec 28, 2018, 5:51 pm
Been very busy with the house since we moved in - the list of jobs is never ending - but found time for a Christmas Cruise. I couldn't really go boxing day, depite the good weather, as the tides have been pretty big bringing a 2* bore over the holiday. By today it was down to 8.2 m and the weather was good so off I went.
 
The plan was a trip down to Welhouse Bay opposite Sharpness for no other reason than its a good destination for a joy ride, and that was exactly what happened!

The weather was cold but calm under a leaden sky which slowly brightened up through the afternoon, so I got some nice pictures to share. There's something about the Severn, it always looks bluer and warmer in the photos!

View of Sharpness from Wellhouse Bay
(http://hoverclub.org.uk/multimediafiles/18ddbd9e3dde53d915f3e130fa67e261.jpg)

Conditions were pretty good on the way back!
(http://hoverclub.org.uk/multimediafiles/7adeea26a4cb9a87a7140c3e59777fdb.jpg)

But it was a bit choppy in places where the tide is running over the submerged sandbars
(http://hoverclub.org.uk/multimediafiles/d2c59fee6f3835e6afe7ca21063659ff.jpg)

Back home into the late afternoon sun
(http://hoverclub.org.uk/multimediafiles/22afafc90f3494b2d51b63941ca8af2e.jpg)


Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on Dec 29, 2018, 10:00 am
Looks well chilli!!!
Sorry couldn't get down for various - :-[


"soon" is the cry!


Was bought this from the Hover museum guys,
so trying to make room to read.
Shame there are FEW small craft, although
they DO get a mention- its only that.

Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Jan 01, 2019, 5:14 pm
My neighbour was keen on a little run down the river and the  weather was good so I was keen to oblige!


(http://hoverclub.org.uk/multimediafiles/571a10e24f998fed1e510fc2f1aec8be.JPG)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Feb 16, 2019, 5:51 pm
Three rules:

If something changes with your hovercraft, find out why
Don't turn off your engine if you're in an exposed position
Only stop somewhere you can walk out of

Two broken!

Turn key : nothing. Sh*te!

Should have investigated why it was turning over slowly when I started. With tide coming in, the only saving grace was that I chose to stop on the bank rather than an isolated sand bar and the light failing.

It was about a 30 minute walk to the road, but I wouldn't be able to leave the craft until high tide about 7:00 so that will be in the dark :( so thats plan B. At least I did have a plan B - If I'd been on the sandbar it would have been mayday, much bigger craft get rolled over by the flood tide on these sandbars.

Plan A is fix it. Break out the tools, soon found the dead solenoid. I carry a spare but given the gathering darkness a spanner, some big blue flashes and loud cursing had it running again.

Phew! New solenoid in the morning.

Ian

Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on Feb 16, 2019, 6:37 pm
Those loud blue flashes are most unnerving, as you "feel" its YOU being electrocuted, and NOT the spark to earth---
Ive cut myself whilst withdrawing my hand VERY fast in the past!  :-[
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Mar 09, 2019, 10:57 pm
Finally fixed it.  I put a new solenoid in, only to find the symptoms unchanged. Doubting my original diagnosis, I methodically went through the whole system with my meter, on to arrive back at the same diagnosis - defective solenoid. Which is of course brand new. Removing it from the circuit confirmed an open circuit coil 😥 Still, found another solenoid and it's all good now.

Also cranking much more energetically - this issue has been developing for some while. Ordered a replacement for the spare (carried on the craft) which I will bench test when it arrives!

 
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Mar 23, 2019, 7:38 am
Little trip out today - in deference to the huge tides this weekend, upstream rather than downstream. In truth upstream is a bit dull really once you've done it a few times but it suited me to go out and given that a huge bore was expected in the evening it gave me a chance of recovery should I have a breakdown. Breaking down in  the lower Severn on such a tide would mean the loss of the craft almost without doubt. Not to mention the chance of a little helicopter ride!

The bridges at Gloucester and Maisemore were a bit touch and go - I got under them (slowly!) but there was not much to spare with the amount of water coming down the river from Wales. Makes for a good bore though!
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Apr 17, 2019, 9:42 pm
Well it's been 4 years that I've been solo cruising from monster worth, it had to happen eventually. I took the craft out for a short cruise after work, started it going a few miles up river then came back. Passing my place I headed off down river bound for Garden Cliff or Hock Cliff. Didn't get too far before the engine went down to one cylinder then cut out. This was 6ish with the tide due at 7:50 so no time to faff really, engage Plan B without further ado!

Plan B consists of a tiny Chinese outboard, this was deployed to bring me to a suitable spot on the bank to tie up and to get out to the road. It really doesn't have the puff to oppose the current, but there's a world of difference between in the stream and on the bank (especially if it's the right side!). Once the craft was tied up I had about a 2 mile walk back to my place to collect the "tug", a 14ft Dory with an ancient 40 horse mariner on it.

The boat was soon in the river, and in fine 2 stroke style started first pull (really!) But I won't mention that it stopped after a few seconds then was a right bugger to restart :-\ but start it did so we were good.

Taking the craft into tow was no faff at all, although steering was "interesting" as we made a drunken return journey at a decent walking pace.  And then the beer. Still, the boat has now earned its space on the bank!

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/multimediafiles/watermark_1509308720_3e612c95988a6c90636af47ce662fc43.JPG?notes)


Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on Apr 18, 2019, 9:15 am
"Oooooh the SOUND of silence"
With Simon AND Garfunkel wailing away in the background, I'm sure we all commiserate, as flash backs (or is it "flashes back") crowd in on ones memory bank. Yuk (apart from the the well earned beer on the bank) swiftly followed by all the WHYs?
Not however "WHY am I doing this?"---- oooh no- just the cause (s) and prevention/mitigations necessary to avoid repeats.
I hope the severn banks (WHY so many??????! ;) ) ECHOED to that good old Yorkshire BELLOWED expression---------
---------------------------------------------"SOILED - ME - PANTS"------------------------------------------------
                                                                         :o
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Apr 18, 2019, 8:00 pm
Looked at it today -no water in it.  It was ok (at least there was water in the header tank) before I set off. Must be a leak somewhere though. The engine was pretty hot when it stopped, but seems ok now that theres water in it. It has a temperature sensor and is programmed to shut down at about 115C if I remember correctly.

I suspected a water leak yesterday when it happened, and thought it was probably a big one but no obvious sign of it today. More investigation needed, but at least the engine protected itself and survived the ordeal. Hurray for modern electrics!

Ian
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: John Robertson on Apr 18, 2019, 8:27 pm
It is possible to have water in the header/expansion tank and none (or little) in the engine/radiator - assuming it's a unpressurised expansion tank?  It takes a few hot/cold cycles to equalise the water volume in the system.  In theory, air (and coolant) is pushed from the radiator into the expansion vessel as the engine heats up - when it cools, the water is sucked back into the radiator through the cap (it has a one-way valve to allow this - as well as the "normal" pressure valve in the other direction.

Might be worth checking for a drip from the water pump leakage hole?
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Al on Apr 18, 2019, 9:21 pm
Any sign of water in the oil?
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Kim Taylor on Apr 19, 2019, 8:17 am
Well done on Plan B Ian - I do like a Plan B...... and C and D if possible!! Hope the fix is an easy one 8)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on Apr 19, 2019, 8:37 am
Im so used to air cooled thumpy things i would never have thought of that.  ::)
If this turns out to be the problem-----

Perhaps a low warning sensor in the coolant system?



Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Warby on Apr 19, 2019, 9:47 am
A temperature gauge would give an early warning of something wrong!!
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Warby on Apr 19, 2019, 1:41 pm
If anyone is looking for an "emergency engine" I have 2006 Mariner 3.3 hp two stroke LONG shaft. It is in excellent condition and used for about 3 hours having been an emergency engine for my rib. (Which I sold)
 As a precaution last month I changed the waterpump impellor and the lower unit gear oil.
Anyone interested PM me.
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on May 20, 2019, 10:43 pm
Last year at Loch Fyne I had a couple of occasions when the engine missed a beat, usually just for a second but not enough to deflate the skirt. After a while I noticed that it only happened one one tank (I have two tanks, both have integrated fuel pumps and gauges). On home turf I can get right out to the Severn Bridge and back on one tank, so the issue has remained dormant all year! I finally got around to looking at it tonight.

I had a spare fuel pump, so first I just changed that along with all wiring on the basis that must fix it! Then I took apart the old one to diagnose the problem.

The wiring appeared intact at first sight, but a gentle pull showed that it was just the heat shrink holding the wire to the terminal. The connection was properly strain relieved by the heat shrink and connector backshell, and there was no bvious corrosion, so I  suspect a dormant dry joint. It took 6 years to eventually turn into a crack. I'll have a look under the microscope tomorrow and see if that is the case.

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/multimediafiles/35710e7b6283eead8eeae3ae81fbcf34.JPG)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks on Jun 30, 2019, 9:49 pm
Took my neighbour out on the craft today - he's been out once before, so I thought it about time that he had a little instruction in the art of hovercraft piloting. No real trouble for him, despite the slightly gusty breeze and twisty river giving plently of opportunity for learning!

(http://hoverclub.org.uk/multimediafiles/watermark_1509308720_f43b3692d976fbba45399aaeb1d5916c.JPG?notes)

Ian
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Paul H on Jul 01, 2019, 11:01 am
Looks good - some great weather over the weekend. 👍
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks 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

Impromptu hover-in


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.

Impromptu hover-in


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
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint 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.
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on Jul 29, 2019, 2:23 pm
Novel Midnight pose.  ::)
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint 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?


Selected unsolicited reviews---------
 


" Timed to perfection" ---- Sunday Express Photo society
" A joy to behold"--------- Modern Photography in the flesh.
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Eric Yeoman on Jul 30, 2019, 2:52 am
" Death on a Stick ".   Australian Observer.
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on Jul 30, 2019, 7:12 pm
Obviously Eric you've SEEN my legs. :o
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Ian Brooks 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
Title: Re: Severn Cruising
Post by: Nick Flint on Aug 28, 2019, 6:11 pm
Ian, SOME ONE has to have pleasure, and we are glad it was you---------- ;)