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Re: Isle of Bute

Post by Smiffy » Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:31 pm

Bill, et al. Flights from Cairo booked, via Heathrow and Bristol. Hotel in Rothesay sorted. As mentioned on the guestbook (only just registered on here) I remember watching K7 on that fateful day on the news with my Dad as a (just) 7 year old, and relived the moment in (I think) '92 with my young son Matthew (now 33), on Coniston in an inflatable dinghy, at dusk after paddling out into the middle. Photo of my 50th birthday cake (8 years ago) attached. I know the sponsons are somewhat larger scale - but hey - blame the missus !!. Lifelong hero for me (DC), and you and the boys are a very close second. Will meet you on pain of death between 13th and 15th, trampling other disciples underfoot if necessary. Utter ledge !. God Bless boys.
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Re: Isle of Bute

Post by ThornyBush » Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:58 pm

I know that its difficult to make plans and they will change day by day but I was wondering if there is any itinery yet for wet trials on Isle of Bute unfortunately can only get up there for a couple of days so would love to see Bluebird on the water.
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Re: Isle of Bute

Post by Richie » Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:45 pm

I stand to be corrected, but the list is somewhat dynamic in that plans may change by the minute, it will be very difficult to say what will happen and when (exactly).

We start proceedings on the 4th (from memory) so give it a day or so before we push her out.

Nothing iron clad, only recommending what I would do if I was visiting :)

Bill is probably best to advise.
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Post by Mike Bull » Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:05 pm

We've not talked about it between ourselves yet, but previously we've always said that we'd make more use of our rather dormant Twitter feed to keep people posted when the time came-

#puttingfuelin

#puttingkettleon

#launchinhalfanhour

#etc.
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Post by Renegadenemo » Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:25 am

Job-one will to get her into and out of the water and see that she isn't leaking in any meaningful way. Then we'll have to do an engine run or two - did a few tonight and she's still being a malevolent old witch in the engine handling dept. but we're getting there. Then we'll try an engine start whilst afloat to look at things like low speed handling and steering authority. The interesting factor in all of this will be how far the phenomenal teamwork and the resulting capacity to get a whole lot done in a very short time translates into how the problems fall. If nothing goes wrong - yeah, right - we'll have her working up on Sunday.

Today was a perfect example. It was after six when we began getting the big tin bitch out of the workshop, yet by nine she'd been taken around to the yard, fuelled, run several times, adjusted, data recorded and put away again with a list of tomorrow's jobs and that's without Mike and me fitting the canopy latch, Kev flatting the engine cover in its high-build primer and Rich and Elvis making parts to piggy-back a spare hydraulic accumulator into the system for Bute.

On the subject of Bute - as I consider myself a long time friend of the isle and its good people may I say that I'm horrified and saddened by the events of the past few days and I know it's affected all of us here one way or another - I can't imagine how dreadful it must be for such a close-knit community. Simply awful - sincere condolences to Alesha's family and all those closest.
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Post by ThornyBush » Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:00 pm

We have managed to get a couple of days of and have booked Rothesay for a couple of nights starting 5th August.

I can only re-iterate your comments, I have not been to Isle of But but have felt a level of sadness regarding the recent news and only hope that the "phoenix" of Bluebird will raise the local spirits in the next few weeks.

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Post by Renegadenemo » Sun Jul 08, 2018 1:06 am

If this heatwave continues we may end up having to park K7 and borrow CN7 to run on parched and cracked mud! but seriously - it's going to be a race to the finish that we should win with enough of a working machine to get away with this. We're gong to be building as we go by the loch with lots of work still to complete and parts to paint and waterproof with gaffer tape between runs.

The isle took a big knock last week but they're such an enthusiastic bunch. They've paid their respects and they won't forget; but move forward they will... Can't wait.
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Re: Isle of Bute

Post by Mike Bull » Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:57 am

Another one from Jimmy over at the Loch-

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Re: Isle of Bute

Post by Richie » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:12 am

How wide is the loch at its narrowest point ?
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Re: Isle of Bute

Post by Mike Bull » Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:51 am

Richie wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:12 am
How wide is the loch at its narrowest point ?
Anything bigger than the eleven feet of the workshop door will be a luxury! :lol:
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