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  1. #61
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    Jun 2001
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    Default Hung on pop bobber

    June 2001 we were sailing Grande Greve to St Peter Port across the spring tide. Log reads............................................. ..... Half way across Big Russel it started to rain. We were broad reaching at 7 - 7.5 knots and passing a bobber to starboard were brought up short. We hadn't seen whatever we'd caught. It was pouring with rain and blowing 24 knots and we were firmly held stern to wind. The tide of about 1.5 knots was also holding us stern to sea. Oh dear! The sails were flapping and filling as the swell caught us this way and that - impossible to sail off. Furled sails with great difficulty and tried locating obstruction at stern with boathook. Too dangerous to lean over sugar scoop as water would be waist high in pounding swell. Too dangerous to launch dinghy. Soaking wet. Made cup of tea and examined options. Afraid that turning on engine to reverse might make matters worse. Not one boat on the horizon when we needed one. Called St PP radio to ask for anyone in the region and the Jethou flyer rerouted and took line and turned us 90 degrees. Wind howling, rain stopped. Out popped a square polystyrene bobber covered in black tar and weed. No obvious damage and sailed back to St P .............................................
    It could have been worse - we could have been stuck there all eve until the tide turned. Our first encounter in over 12,000 miles I hope it's our last. In spring tides bobbers don't always sit on top of the water and tar & weed make them very difficult to see even in calm conditions.

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  2. #62
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    Default Re: Please help us with your reports

    Hi Kim,

    I take my Dad's Princess across from Poole to the Channel Islands regularly.. On at least 4 occasions we have ended up with fishing gear around the props - one time resulting in two pulled out P brackets and the stbd 6 cylinder TAMD41 left sitting on it's side in the engine room.

    There is a real problem out there....

    Hope to see you at the Boatshow! - Rgds - James Hortop

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  3. #63
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    May 2003
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    Default Re: Please help us with your reports

    WHAT R THE R.Y.A. doing about this or r they all taking early retirement @60
    membership No 000W46547 Since 1974

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  4. #64
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    Dec 2003
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    SCARBOROUGH NORTH YORKSHIRE UK.
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    Default Re: Please help us with your reports

    I am saddened to see that it appears to be only those who sail in the more popular parts of the seas surrounding our coastline who bother to take the time to report poorly marked fishing gear. I also note that reports feature "buoys" encountered in daylight! Yes I do know that it is more difficult in the dark, but it is also more of a problem in the dark as well.... On 21st November (when Jonny and the boys were busy wresting the rugby world cup from the Aussies) My friend and I sailed from Scarborough at midnight to deliver my Pegasus 700 to Hartlepool prior to being sold. It was a dark night with a clear atmosphere and we followed the coastline for the entire 40 miles. All went well until the 0400 watch change when I rose to find my watchman standing like a guardsman at the stern with a grip of steel on the tiller. He told me he had just missed a five gallon drum making approximately four knots into the tide! Couple this with our six knots through the water and you have a converging speed of ten knots which is very fast in the pitch dark. If it had not been for the loom from the land lights of Teesside he would not have had time to take avoiding action. The drum was not drifting nor was it marking any crab pots, as the potting season was long passed ending for the year. We can only assume that it was marking an underwater obstruction or a diver's find! What is the solution to this nightmare situation, apart from slowing to a standstill or waiting till daylight and the attendant weather change?

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  5. #65
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
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    Hampshire
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    Default Re: Please help us with your reports

    Picked up a large piece of fishing net coming out of Beaucette marina in July, but could still maintain some speed and was short of time because of tide in the Alderney Race;and I couldn't dive well enough to clear it there, strong tide taking us towards rocks, and about six hours later picked up a large tarpaulin in the shipping lanes, right in front of a ship. Managed to motor back to Poole where crew cleared the prop. Loosened one of the engine mounting bolts as a result of this as it was running almost flat out. Have a photo but not sure how to include it.

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  6. #66
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    May 2001
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    SW London
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    Default Mevagissey

    Approaching Mebvagissey one evening late last July I saw a small fishing boat crossing my path and laying out a long (sat 500m) thick line held on the surface by intermittent floats. I couldnb't see the hooks. No way could I cross it so I had to go right round the end. Then I saw there were a number of these floating lines in parallel. I didn't go ashore in Mevagissey soo I couldn't discuss it with any fishermen but I rang Falmouth Coast Guard when I got home and they were quitre unperturbed; said it was within their rights. I thought it was a death trap for deep-keel boats like mine.

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  7. #67
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    Nov 2003
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    Living on boat in Southsea Marina until tenants leave house
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    Default Re: Please help us with your reports

    We had a tangle on three occasions in 2003, one was a plastic bag round the prop outbound from St Vaast, the second was a length of blue floating line round the prop in mid-channel, the third was a pot buoy tangled round the rudder in a F6, lumpy sea between Ploumanac and Treguier. The marker had been towed under by the tide. None of them were much fun to sort out, involving a dip in the sea. We have now purchased a shortie wetsuit for these occassions.

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  8. #68
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    May 2001
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    where democracy needs no guns
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    Default Plus a crash helmet?

    I seem to remember there was a yottie killed a few years back off Anvil Point I think. He was in the water trying to free the pot line from prop or rudder on a Konsort, it crashed down on his head in the swell. We too carry a wetsuit on board 'just in case', but it would be a very last resort unless flat calm!

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  9. #69
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    Nov 2002
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    Hampshire
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    Default Re: Plus a crash helmet?

    In addition to the wet suit, why not carry a canoeists helmet, very light & easy to stow, but really does work to protect the head from just the injury that you refer to.

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  10. #70
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    Nov 2002
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    Hampshire
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    Default Re: Please help us with your reports

    Have also been fouled by the rudder between Ploumanac & Treguier - downwind & downtide, no fun at all. Also, same thing again approx 7 miles outside Les Sept Isles but with a pot riser of approx 25mm diameter, a serious freeing problem, particularly as competing in the YM Triangle Race at the time.

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