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  1. Mike Fox

    Happy birthday Neal - the big 60..

    Hope you can find a way to celebrate in style! Best wishes
  2. Mike Fox

    Twin Sails

    It might be interesting leaving the twin sails bridge up in the forecast wind in the next few days. I seem to recall they used to stop operating at about 40 knots due to the risk of damage while it was raised.
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    Twin Sails

    I'd vote for a tunnel....
  4. Mike Fox

    Castaways Hamworthy

    Not seen anything online about this.... Drove past the Castaways tackle shop in Hamworthy today, and the shop name sign has been removed, the place has been gutted, and a major refurbishment is underway. Anyone know more?
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    Near miss whilst at Anchor off Southbourne.

    The correct flare to use would be a white anti-collision flare, but if they haven't seen you already, I wouldn't wait for it to burn out before cutting lines. It all happens incredibly quickly, partly as a result of speeds, but also the delay in identifying and confirming a potential collision., and the fact the horizon is only 3 miles away on a calm day, if your eyes are 6' above sea level, meaning threats are always identified late. The best item of safety equipment in this situation is the hand bearing compass, spotting a likely risk, and if the bearing remains constant, it is. Regretfully, an angling skipper isn't really ever off watch, even though they'd like to be.
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    Near miss whilst at Anchor off Southbourne.

    I was at anchor on the 100' contour a few years ago, and had the seacat ferry come straight at me, despite flying an anchor ball and being off his normal direct path. I called him on ch 16 on full power, asking him to change course immediately to avoid a collision, which he did, but not after complaing I shouldn't be anchored there. His wash from quarter of a mile away at his 30 knots was considerable. I mention this for 3 reasons: - No airhorn would have worked. Relying on one would have given a false sense of security - Vhf 16 only worked because of positive identification and a manned bridge (note that ais might help in some cases) - Ultimately you might be in the right, but dead, with a fast unidentifiable vessel not taking care. I agree with those comments that you still have to keep a good lookout while at anchor, be prepared to cut fishing lines and drop a buoyed anchor, and have to be prepared to move quickly at the last moment. Comments about improved awareness campaigns all make sense, but will never legislate for the numpties.
  7. Mike Fox

    Anchor and chain

    The anchoring skills learned through the club are invaluable, and make a huge difference both to catch rates and safety. We anchored today between two tongues of rock in a small Bay to the west of the Ile D'Aix. The ground is generally smooth but with outcrops of rock. Rather than risk our main anchor for a lunch stop, the fishing anchor was deployed. Our 10kg Bruce clone is tiny for our 11 tons or so, but it will hold. Crucially, it's rigged to trip, and if snagged, it should come back. We know someone without this experience, and lost a 33kg Rocna anchor and chain, after a bad snag.
  8. Mike Fox

    Flatfish Competition

    Amazing, catching conger and tope on No 4 hooks, and ragworm.....
  9. Mike Fox

    Happy with this

    Nice gilthead, must be pushing the club record!
  10. Mike Fox

    Alderney 2018

    The winds are dropping nicely, sea states are coming down, but warm air and cold seas increases the risk of fog. Take care out there chaps!
  11. Mike Fox

    Sad news from Weymouth

    The boat was a fin-keeled fibreglass Westerly GK29, 29' long, around 3-4 tons in weight. They've been around since the 70s. A yacht like that should be stored ashore resting on it's keel in an adjustable steel cradle giving secure support under and around the hull to stop movement. Additional props would be needed bow and stern to keep it absolutely secure, and braced like that, it should be able to survive winds of 100 mph plus, even with the mast up, and genoa furled, as in this case. The fact the owner was present when it moved suggests he was working on the boat, perhaps antifouling, and may have accidentally or deliberately moved one of the supports (something that is banned in most boatyards). I'm sure an investigation will show if it's a failure of the supporting cradle, or the owner's activities that caused the tragedy. While my heart goes out to the deceased and family at this time, for club members working on boats still, please DON'T move any supports for maintenance. Leave it to the professionals, or wait until launching time for a last minute touch-up of the "patches".
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    Bass Regs 2018 - C&R

    France has had a very active lure angling culture for bass for many years. The range of soft plastics, plugs, and metal lures in every tackle shop over there is truly staggering (as are some of the prices!). The French bass anglers I've met are verging on fanatical, and artificials are at the heart of their angling, from boat as well as shore. There's a chance that British anglers will go the same way - if supported by the more adventurous tackle shops, and if the bass stocks warrant the investment by individual anglers. Gone are the days of Redgills or nothing.
  13. Mike Fox

    First Swallow

    I saw my first swallow of Spring today. This might not be monumental news, but it's one of my personal signs that the mackerel and bream aren't too far off now... Roll on Summer! Mike
  14. Mike Fox

    Lazy old Tiddler

    Do they visit Cobbs?
  15. Mike Fox

    Removing antifoul

    Hi Steve, I've scraped 2 boats...and the weapon of choice is a 3/4 inch wood chisel, to be used just after going ashore, when the antifoul is all crumbly still. If you wait, it still works, but is much harder work. The technique to use is to make one long straight clean strip on one side of your chosen area, then using half the width of the chisel blade, take off new rows, so your cleaned area gets progressively wider. Make sure each strip is clean, and then there's no bumps to make the chisel jump. Once the whole required area is clean, thinners and rags will remove the rest. I'd then cut the hole needed, then use an orbital sander to key the gel coat, ready for primer. Typically, you'll remove an area slightly larger than the transducer you're fitting, and make good with underwater epoxy and suitable sealants. The bare gel will need priming, before applying antifoul to the hull again. There's some specialist antifouls out there now specially for transducers, but they come in small pots and are incredibly expensive. Mike