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  1. Yup, Mine runs off the starter battery as well. 10+ years and no problems.
  2. On a sillier note. In reply to the Op thread title. I believe "A Thruster" is a term used for a Military Officer who is always pushing him/her self for promotion. R
  3. A point of view from the professional world. The vast majority of commercial ships have Bow thrusters. Must say something. From the leisure point of view. Like John I also have an Alpha 35. Like John my Alpha also sports a Bow thruster but no stern thruster. When I bought my Alpha, my 5th broads boat, During the trial run I said immediately " This boat Needs a Bow Thruster". During the trial run my Alpha also sported a large smash on the toe rails on both bows ( repaired rather excellently by the seller of the boat by the time we actually purchased I must add) which was obviously caused by the toe rails making heavy contact with the quay during mooring on both sides during her life as a hire boat. Had she been fitted with a Bow Thruster from new I do not believe she would have sustained this damage. We have now owned Sally 12 years and I had the Bow thruster fitted in the first year or two of ownership and do not regret one penny of the price paid. I would hope that with my background I am a competent helm and can still helm a boat without. But by heck, its easier with. As stated above when on the broads I am on my leisure time and do not need a challenge I just like to enjoy boating and anything that makes it easier is a bonus for me. A comparison of both camps. In comparison to commercial vessels leisure boats are very much over powered and Bow Thrusters likewise. A quick dab of the controls is often enough to achieve the desired result whereas on a large ship to get any effect they have to be run for a prolonged period. Had a ship a couple of weeks ago that sported 6,600KW of Bow Thrusters. Still had to be run for a while to have any effect on the 200,000 tonnes + of ship Bow Thrusters also lose a great deal of effect when the vessel is carrying headway so if you are travelling at 5 knots or more then the effect is zero. We very often berth into 4+knots current so with a 2 knot ground speed you are doing 6 knots through the water so Bow Thruster effect is Zero. A lot of people ( and by this I mean Ships Captains) do not fully realise this and are over reliant on their Bow Thrusters. Same in the boating world, a lot of people are over reliant on the Bow Thrusters and tend to use them inappropriately. Bow ( and Stern) Thrusters are fantastic pieces of kit when used properly. Sure as heck makes single handing so much easier even into the tightest of moorings. Rod Sorry for the long post but am sitting around waiting for our house move back to Norfolk to complete.
  4. SLF..... I like it. In our industry we use the term Perambulating Cargo R
  5. Peter, I don't think anyone would say that anyone "deserves to be killed or injured" ( misquoting I know but I have not figured out the quotes bit yet) in an accident. I certainly was not saying that. A flippant comment that I often heard and said myself is "you could be run down by a bus tomorrow" A throw away line I know but this actually happened to a former colleague of mine. 42 years old and had just walked his kids to school and was mown down by not a bus but a lorry. You could simply be doing your Christmas shopping in Glasgow last year but no one is advocating the banning of Bin Lorries. Dave quotes the great Malcom Allison above and I can only agree with him dkns No I would not be happy to see aircraft at air shows simply flying straight and level, Well not unless they were doing Mach 2 of course. One of the most awe inspiring sights and sounds I have seen recently was 6 Spitfires airborne at one time with 2 showing why the spitfire was such a fearsome fighter. The other 4 were not doing a bad job but the 2 were really showing what these aircraft can do. BTW this was also pretty close to the M11 as well. How old are the Hawks The Red Arrows fly? Would it really have mattered if the Harrier, Tornado, Hawk or Chinook fell from 200' or 20,000 and landed on your house the consequences would have been the same? I have my own thoughts about the reactions of Fast Jet Pilots when something catastrophic happens in the cockpit and they have an ejector seat but I'm sure these thoughts would not be popular and in line with a much repeated urban myth. Rod
  6. Yeah dnks, I see where you are coming from. I think the point I was trying to make is that there is risk in everyday life and sometimes it comes from the most unexpected quarters. As we all share a common interest in all things water borne I will use a maritime example of what I was possibly trying to say. My day job like most other folks bears a level of risk which I am happy to put up with as I enjoy what I do. A while ago I shared an insight into what it entails being a Pilot on The River Thames, I think it got lost in a forum upgrade but I am fairly sure I used this example as it sure as heck surprised me. My day ( or night ) involves leaving my home , outside Colchester, and driving to Harwich. At Harwich I get on to a 50+ foot boat that drives me 16 miles offshore at 24 kts to a spot on a map where I meet my charge for the day which I have to board via a rope ladder and climb up to 30 feet up the ships side. This charge can be a tanker carrying up to 40,000 tonnes of unleaded petrol which I then drive 67 miles to its destination at West Thurrock. During this transit I pass Canvey, Stamford, Corrinham Tilbury Gravsend ( almost down the high street) Greys and finally get to park the beast with the aid of 2 tugs almost underneath the QE2 Bridge. I then descend the gangway and jump into a taxi which returns me to Harwich and I jump in my car and drive home. We have current risk assessments on all parts of our job and can you guess where the biggest risk is? Yep Correct the taxi drive. Most of us will accept that being squeezed into an aluminium tube and propelled through the air at 400 kts along with 300 other folk holds some form of risk. Your biggest risk in this scenario is driving to the airport. Reading back the above it has come over a bit harsher than I intended so I have left out the bit about not driving near airports. Its like when we are on our boats, These days SWMBO and I always don our lifejackets when mooring and unmooring. But we don't wear them when returning from the pub when moored at an unlit sometimes wet and uneven mooring. Rod
  7. Hi All, Don't comment much these days but as far as this subject is concerned I could not resist. Why Bother? Because many thousands of people enjoy watching these fabulous old planes ( and Modern ones ) being shown off to the public in the element that they were designed for. Otherwise they would be sat as static exhibits' corroding away in a museum. John, as a former professional Pilot, has done what I do when there is a marine accident as I am a professional mariner has kept stum and awaits the outcome of the crash investigation. Yes I am sure there will be much speculation in professional aviation circles but in public silence is the best way. The Pilot knew the risk he was taking and lived his life with that knowledge. The Public who attend air shows should also realise there is a risk involved in getting up close and personal with fast moving machines. I recall the prominent signage at motor racing tracks that warn of a danger of death must always be considered when one is spectating. That this plane crashed on a public road is a tragedy which will be thoroughly investigated by the relevant authorities who will no doubt evaluate if any more regulations need to be applied to keep the risk of this happening again down to an acceptable level. However the risk will always be there. Its simply a case of risk management. Air Shows today are very different from the air shows of my youth which reflects the level of risk that the public are willing to tolerate. Unfortunately air shows of today are no where near as exiting for the spectators as they were. We will no longer tolerate this level of risk. Accidents are rare but can be tragic as this one has shown. A few of you have recalled accidents such as Kegworth. Could have been much worse. Or the attack on the Pan Am 747 which could have crashed on a major city. Does anyone ever think of what would happen if an aircraft crashed on a busy motorway adjacent to a major airport such as the M4 and Heathrow. Or indeed fairly recently when the BA flight crashed short of the runway at Heathrow if that had come down even 1 mile earlier. Risk is always present, It just needs to be managed. Rod Edit to add Looking forward to The Clacton Air Show an Thursday
  8. Yeah But http://www.eadt.co.u...month_1_3877161 Will not go under Tower bridge either. Through it maybe given enough speed
  9. Hi Griff, Normally I would not have a clue what I am doing day to day when on duty. Since the change in the Pilotage Authorisations there are only a few of us who are authorised to do the very largest ships on The Thames so I actually know what I am doing on Friday. I will be driving The Cap San Marco from the sunk Pilot station inward for London Gateway Container Terminal boarding at The Sunk at 1000 and parking at LGW 1 at 1400 http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2107864 Don't know if anyone can make that link work. We shall be at the Knock John around 1145 and Sea Reach 7 for tugs at 1315 swinging off the berth at 1345. The reason I said about the knock John is that it passes very close to the Barrow Deep Channel which I assume you will be using. Keep a look out for the big red un and I will try not to squish you when I swing for the berth. Seriously though there are 2 large vessels inward bound on Friday so just keep a listening watch on 69 in the estuary and 68 from Southend up to Gravesend. Have a great trip. Is this anything to do with the Sail Greenwich event that is going on at the moment? Loads of bigger ragflappers have been milling around all week.
  10. Hi All, Just a quick one to say thanks to all who organised this one. Nice to meet up with old friends and new. Despite the inclement weather at times a good time was had by all. Unfortunately all the rumours are true. :shocked But I do now have a nice set set of LED's to fit to my boat R&S
  11. Still struggling with the forum as you can see Us Friday and Saturday please.
  12. Can we come along and join in the fun? Rod & Shirley + Treacle Sally B Friday & Saturday
  13. Hi All, OK here is the story. One of The Harwich Boats was involved in an accident and did indeed run into a Container at 24 kts. As you can imagine at that sort of speed there was much damage to the boat and it is indeed a testement to the build quality that it did not sink. (Holyhead Marine BTW) Much more serious was the damage to the personel. If you like I will ask the Cox to put a post up on here .... When he gets out of hospital. The boat involved is less than 2 years old and has been taken from Shotley to Goodchilds for the structural repairs to be made. I expect it will be out of service for some time and will not inconvienience anyone when it returns to service as I expect it will return by sea. That is all I am prepared to say on this subject and as Alan has already suggested could we now stop the frivolous comments on here other than wishing the crew a speedy recovery. Thank You. Rod
  14. Thanks for the replies.... Well I didnt post much before and now it looks like I will be posting even less. Sorry Guys no way am I downloading that awful firefox again. Adios Rod
  15. And what in the heck is a warning point and how do I get some?
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