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About RealWindmill

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    Ex Merchant Navy Officer and Hydrographic/Geophysical Surveyor Engineer.

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  1. Yes , good clue. Perhaps the bridge was stuck and they couldn't get any further.
  2. I am requoting myself here purely for emphasis purposes. I feel some are misinterpreting my intentions. Am not offering any advice to anyone. My purpose is to show how training will save a life which otherwise would have been lost. I paint an unlikely scenario I realise , but is it though ? If the victim is not trapped underneath and has a chance of emerging, then of course cut the engine.
  3. Thanks JM, good info there. Still curious as to how one ended up at Somerleyton as well. No mention of a local connection in your piece. It really is a fine and detailed model, quite small , maybe oo scale or slightly larger, and like Vanessan am surprised it has survived in that position without wx damage or, heaven forbid , vandalism for at least 3 months now.
  4. Yes Grendel, understand the RYA advice and of course that applies to just about every situation and should be followed 99% of the time. The RYA cannot regulate for every eventuality. my illustration was of a life saving situation which hopefully occurs very infrequently. Apologies if it comes across as dangerous advice or as a bit too graphic for one commentator. it's purpose was to show the benefits of training and how the mind and reactions of a trained helm could really save a persons life.
  5. And me thinking I was illustrating the benefits of training of helmsmen. Sigh.
  6. Does anyone know anything of this model of the Mayflower that has been on the rail at Somerleyton Moorings for a few months now. ? As this is my patch of river I feel I ought to know more of its origins but know nothing, Its a pretty good wooden model and as we have been celebrating Mayflower connections with this coast recently I'm wondering if there is a local connection. Anyone know ?
  7. Kindly explain how that can be so. Am i not allowed an input on discussions of boat handling.
  8. A very sensible observation and highlights a "Golden Rule" for boat handling when a person is in the water. Good for 99% of all eventualities. Take a hyperthetical situation not unlike recent incidents but is no way related or pre-empts those cases. A victim has entered the water from a boat, a typical new type slab sided flat bottomed large hire cruiser. The victim is under the hull and the boat is pinned solid to the quayside by tide/current. The victim has about 2 minutes air in their lungs. There is no room anywhere to break surface. A helm has these 2 minutes to make rapi
  9. Quote from rsf Experience is something you gain not something you can be taught.. Exactly right , but teaching quickens the experience learning curve considerably. Also in many cases i think you can use the words 'experienced' and 'trained' interchangeably. I don't think the oil companies have got it wrong given their excellent Safety to Personnel records of recent decades since their old cowboy image days. They will tell you training and HSE works.
  10. Interesting point. One of the tickets I took years ago licensed me to helm with up to 30 passengers onboard. Nowadays on my private boat I am allowed to carry many more ( if it was big enough and if i had that many friends to take ). Crazy or what.
  11. Certainly, let me attempt a double quote here. My original quote was from rsf Please read quotes concurrently. Make sense now I hope.
  12. Name caling , yet again. Second thoughts , yes Lock it down.
  13. Blast. Sent by mistake while typing. the qoute was from RSF to continue large boat then it is the duty of the helm to get away. In strong winds maybe not easy. But the experienced helm will have a better chance than a novice. Training. Think on.
  14. Thank goodness. A reasoned comment again and worthy of discussion . Perhaps there's life in this old and interesting thread yet. In the oil business where there is at times high risk operations going on. One training mantra is there is no such thing as an accident. All events have a cause and the secret of safe operations is to eliminate as much as humanly possible that cause, normally by training . Their safety record speaks volumes for itself after the industry matured from its original bad image days. So to the Broads and recent tragedies. Not pre-empting inquirees nor specu
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