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    Quote Originally Posted by Quigs View Post
    Here's my little bundle of fun Thats not me driving by the way, that was on test!


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    Thanks - It was sell her and get a Riva Ariston, or keep her and have a 360 Spider I like polishing things!

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    Dear Andy

    If you knew anything about boats larger than your little Laser 4000 you would realise than my boat is an all weather long distance semi-displacement cruiser.

    As she's built on a hull designed as a Pilot Boat for the North Sea, she really can cope with pretty well anything that the sea can throw at her short of a force 11.

    I've done lots of long distance sailing in a Southerly 48 including crossing Biscay in a force 8. When we put Blue Horizon on her swinging mooring in Poole Harbour it's inevitably the sailing boats coming back under power that come too close and set us rocking uncomfortably !

    Also, just because you're racing your laser across the harbour, when you jibe, you don't have an automatic exemption from the collision rules. There are many times that I see sailing boats racing in the only channel deep enough for motor cruisers yet the sailors never even give that a thought and allow the power boat space and time to pass.

    Not all motor boat owners are brainless morons !
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    Good reply!! I've had endless little plastic dingoes jibe directly in front of me when we had an old 1890's day boat on the Thames.

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    Dear Chris,

    If you took the time to read my post with a different frame of mind you would see that it was unmistakably a bit of fun. It clearly says it's written with a 'huge amount of tongue in cheek'. Instead you have decided to read it as a direct poke at you and your boat, which it most definitely wasn't. That's a shame as CS has always enjoyed a bit of banter before.

    Similar to the forever raised subject of Cycling vs Car road use on CS, there is a similar tension between motorboat owners and dinghy sailors. In a light hearted way, I tried to tackle that subject so your new thread about boats and boating might also cater for us meagre little laser owners. In fact, if you took time to actually read my post, you'd note that I clearly go on to raise the subject of many boat owners lack of experience and ability on the water but direct that to ALL boat owners, including us poor little Lazer owners.

    To answer your other points raised:

    Yes, as a sailing instructor I am well aware of the collision rules thank you.
    Yes, I do have some knowledge of big-boy boats too and frequently crew racing yachts - even have a Cowes trophy somewhere
    No, I don't race in a harbour, the nearest harbour to us is about 10 NM
    No, there is nowhere in my post where I say 'all motor boat owners are brainless morons' you made that up
    Yes, you have a very big boat - well done you

    I'm well aware of how frustrating it must be with us deprived 'plastic dingoe' sailors jibing all the time but believe me, with three sails up and hooked on a wire, it's not something we do just to p1zz off motorboat users. For us we are racing. We may jibe due to wind shift but mainly because we're on a course. Like any type of racing, it's very competitive and takes a huge amount of concentration. There's very limited visibility (downwind) through three sails and at my club, we have the added problems of strong tides and sand banks. But again, if you read my original post, our problem is not colliding with motorboats and to be fair, where I sail we don't even have any close calls, but for there to be a little bit more consideration and training from motorboat users. We continually drum awareness into our new sailors during traiing to ensure they do keep clear of motorboats. Again, as said in my post, I've raced all over the UK and Essex is particular bad. Having idiots plough through the water over the 8-knot limit right through a race is stupid and dangerous. My issue is; any lottery winner can buy a power boat and head off down the coast without any training - that's simply not right.

    Likewise, any Lottery winner can buy a F430 and then drive it without any further training and I'm not sure that's right either ..... see other thread about 24 YO experience of 4 hour ownership and lasmppost crash
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    Glad I didn't ask anything too controversial

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chriss View Post
    Will post some pictures when I can work out how to get them off my Android phone and onto the PC.
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    Dropbox.

    Just install it on both, set syncing to be wifi only *unless you have an unlimited data package*
    Works seamlessly.

    If I take some photos of my car in the garage, by the time I've walked to the house to put the kettle on, there synced to my desktop.
    Next time I boot my laptop, there synced there too. Dont need to think about it. (Well, not until I fill my allocation of space, but am only at 40% so thats a problem for another day..)

    (dropbox is also handy if you have the pdf manuals and other data, as that also shares across machines, so I can for example, access the Workshop manual on my phone - if I am daft, my tablet if I am equally daft, my gaming desktop which has the biggest screen, my work laptop if I am feeling idle, or my ancient garage computer where I probably need it.. )


    Nice boat/ship/craft or whatever is the correct terminoligy btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renmure View Post
    Glad I didn't ask anything too controversial
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    Quote Originally Posted by renmure View Post
    Glad I didn't ask anything too controversial
    Tempted to get the fishing rod out and drop a line...all I need is a boat

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