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Title: Scottish Hoverin 2020
Post by: John Robertson on Jan 15, 2020, 3:44 pm
The 14th year of the famous Scottish Hoverin at the premier hovercrafting location in the UK (Loch Fyne). 


All welcome for all or any part of the event dates (note that the start date is the Thursday before the Bank Holiday weekend to make travelling a bit less stressful - hopefully!).

Event is mainly based at the Argyll Caravan Park  (https://www.argyllcaravanpark.com/)near Inveraray).  Plenty accommodation is available in the local area (probably wise to book something if you are attending on the Bank Holiday weekend as it can be busy).  If you have any problems finding any thing please contact me.


Castle view

Sparkly Sparkle
Title: Re: Scottish Hoverin 2020
Post by: Nick Flint on Jan 18, 2020, 9:16 am
If you are a "new attendee" -- Please send PM to me (Nick Flint) with your mobile number if you are on Whatsapp and wish to be included with all previous inmates. We've found it a good way to communicate.
Title: Re: Scottish Hoverin 2020
Post by: John Robertson on Feb 19, 2020, 3:45 pm
If you haven't registered your hovercraft with the club then please do so (click HERE (http://hoverclub.org.uk/index.php?action=ezportal;sa=page;p=2)) - it would be usefull if your call sign and SSR number are known to other attendees on safety grounds.
Title: Re: Scottish Hoverin 2020
Post by: Nick Flint on Feb 20, 2020, 11:44 am
Craft reg in "Media".
But, I've tried three times to reg the craft and or post in Gallery etc, but the system simply goes blank.
I blame storm Dennis for everything.
Title: Re: Scottish Hoverin 2020
Post by: John Robertson on Feb 21, 2020, 10:45 am
Craft reg in "Media".
But, I've tried three times to reg the craft and or post in Gallery etc, but the system simply goes blank.
Try again with a reduced size image (email it to yourself to reduce the size then post the emailed copy).  Maximum image size is 3096 x 2048 pixels.
Title: Re: Scottish Hoverin 2020
Post by: John Robertson on Feb 21, 2020, 6:12 pm
For newbies (and even "oldbies") it's worth a few minutes looking at the basic training guide (Click HERE (http://hoverclub.org.uk/index.php?page=page2766)).  Also worth applying for a licence or upgrading you existing licence online (HERE (http://hoverclub.org.uk/index.php?page=page2766)) - the questions are a useful knowledge refresher!

This cruise is held in what is basically open salt water - weather conditions can change rapidly for the worse so safety should be everyone's number 1 priority.  The nearest RNLI boat station is around 40 miles from the top end of the Loch - you have almost no chance of professional rescue!

Also worth looking over our engine Marinisation guide (http://hoverclub.org.uk/index.php/topic,465.0.html) - salt water/air will rapidly (sometimes just a couple of days!) kill your craft unless everything is properly protected.
Title: Re: Scottish Hoverin 2020
Post by: Eric Yeoman on Feb 22, 2020, 4:17 am
Hi, reference licence requirements; What does PLS1,,,stand for?   We are required to have a standard boat licence which is issued after a training course & exam. ( Oz ). No radio use is required ,,,thanks.
Title: Re: Scottish Hoverin 2020
Post by: Ian Brooks on Feb 22, 2020, 8:48 am
What does PLS1,,,stand for?   We are required to have a standard boat licence which is issued after a training course & exam. ( Oz ). No radio use is required ,,,thanks.

Pilot License System. Which is really a misnomer, as it's really a confirmation of pilot competence and agreement to operate by the Club code of conduct. But local authorities like the term "licence" so there it is.
Title: Re: Scottish Hoverin 2020
Post by: Eric Yeoman on Feb 22, 2020, 1:12 pm
So..is it official or a club thing? No offence meant.  ;) Do you need a boat licence?
Title: Re: Scottish Hoverin 2020
Post by: Gaz on Feb 22, 2020, 3:22 pm
No Licence needed to take PWC out on the sea & tidal rivers here in the UK Eric, they'll let any idiot take a craft out (and there are more than enough idiots (present company excepted) I can assure you)
Inland waterways are a little more regulated but you still don't need a personal "Licence"
Title: Re: Scottish Hoverin 2020
Post by: Eric Yeoman on Feb 23, 2020, 1:41 pm
Thanks.
Title: Re: Scottish Hoverin 2020
Post by: Mike Bingham on Mar 20, 2020, 12:40 am

Just wondering what happening to Scottish hovering due to the current virus situation ? can it be delayed till later in the year ?



Title: Re: Scottish Hoverin 2020
Post by: John Robertson on Mar 20, 2020, 11:14 am
Not really possible to make any decisions at the moment.  Provided no travel restrictions are active the event should be viable (and safe - plenty of space up here for distancing).  Only downside is that the pubs/hotels will likely be closed - luckily there is a convenient local brewery!

If anyone doesn't want to attend then that's perfectly understandable - although I suspect that in nine weeks time most people will be desperate for some distraction and  fresh air!
Title: Re: Scottish Hoverin 2020
Post by: Mike Bingham on Mar 20, 2020, 1:18 pm
I was thinking about the campsite, judging by the camping, caravan and motorhome web pages  that I'm on, lots seem to be closing down for the duration and discouraging tourism.  Possible  lack of provisions , pubs, cafes and Restaurants & fuel . ::)
Title: Re: Scottish Hoverin 2020
Post by: Nick Flint on Mar 20, 2020, 6:19 pm
I am currently adapting to changes by "masterly disdain" ::)
People are ALREADY crossing the road when they see others walking to the shops etc, so, although
it is "NOT NICE" it is also perhaps necessary.
I think we Hovercrafty types are perhaps better placed than the average as we usually have stuff to fiddle with in the mean time?
I agree with John that matters will evolve and will monitor with each week.
I have renewed my Camping club membership, as that may be important as air travel to sunnier climes appears close to illegal ATM.
A GSOH may be our best approach?
Title: Re: Scottish Hoverin 2020
Post by: Ian Brooks on Mar 20, 2020, 8:08 pm
I'll most likely make a decision in consultation with John in 8 1/2 weeks time. Things are changing so fast that who knows what will happen. The word on the street in the Gloucester health care trust is that things may get better in the warmer months and then another peak occurs in the autumn.

Right now when I'm not "working from home" I'm amusing myself by finally setting up my workshop. Theres now a nice new concrete floor and decent lighting, next is the ring main and some posh shelving then I'll have to begin the next project! As long as I can still get deliveries I'll be ok!

Ian
 
Title: Re: Scottish Hoverin 2020
Post by: Eric Yeoman on Mar 21, 2020, 1:49 am

Right now when I'm not "working from home" I'm amusing myself by finally setting up my workshop. , next is the ring main
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What is a Ring Main? thanks
Title: Re: Scottish Hoverin 2020
Post by: Nick Flint on Mar 21, 2020, 9:44 am
Tis a circle of 240 volt sockets connected so that if a workshop has ten sockets, then they are all connected using one circle and you thus don't need to have three wires connecting EVERY socket back to the supply board.
They seem to be ONLY used for 240 volt wall sockets and never for electric lighting.


More importantly, WHAT is the next project--- i.e. will it hum and drum ? ;)
Title: Re: Scottish Hoverin 2020
Post by: Eric Yeoman on Mar 21, 2020, 3:41 pm
Oh, thanks Nick. How boring. I thought that you might be starting a circus... ;D
Title: Re: Scottish Hoverin 2020
Post by: John Robertson on Apr 26, 2020, 8:22 am
Inevitably  I'm going to have to postpone this event.  We are only 4 weeks away and the current situation makes me doubt that travel restrictions will have been eased by then - never mind camp sites being open or anything else for that matter!  I've set a provisional new date for August 27th in the hope that we'll be able to arrange something by then (if the date doesn't suit then let me know please).
Title: Re: Scottish Hoverin 2020
Post by: Nick Flint on Apr 26, 2020, 1:49 pm
Good Call JR.
Will TRY to make the new dates, and
clearly have to content myself with just looking at Sparkle
rather than testing all my new engine, exhaust design  and VHF improvement work.
---grump.com
Oh (very) dear me.  ::)
Title: Re: Scottish Hoverin 2020
Post by: Kim Taylor on Apr 26, 2020, 4:10 pm
Yup - little choice but to postpone I reckon JR. We've put the new dates on our calendar (which has pretty well nothing on it for the near future - surprise, surprise  ::) )
Hope everyone is doing OK in the meantime...
Title: Re: Scottish Hoverin 2020
Post by: Ronnie L on Apr 26, 2020, 7:22 pm
We are booked to go to Crete early September.
As a Nick said being stuck in a confined space with lots of others doesn’t fill me with enthusiasm either.

Title: Re: Scottish Hoverin 2020
Post by: John Robertson on Apr 26, 2020, 9:27 pm
We've put the new dates on our calendar (which has pretty well nothing on it for the near future - surprise, surprise  ::) )
You've got a calendar  :) ?  I've got no idea what day it is never mind the month  :o !
Yep - and sitting in a metal tube with some cougher's doesn't sound a great idea to anyone (I suspect the hit on the travel industry (aircraft, cruises and even bus tours) is going to be pretty bad for the next few years.