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Old 04-06-2012, 17:41   #31
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Expensive as lodging is in London proper, are you going to hang on the barge for awhile or get out of Dodge and back to your boat?
im back home allready,the owners wife and kids turned up sunday afternoon to live in their new home,after having to live for 5 weeks with the inlaws till the boat got there!

she was one happy lady!
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Re: Atoll's Adventure, Offshore in a Canal Barge!

Moss doesn't grow on your feet. Since it is early June I'm guessing your booked heavy for getting the rich folk's boats into the cruising grounds they want to play in.
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Re: Atoll's Adventure, Offshore in a Canal Barge!

Atoll...great story and pix. Have you considered making it about 1500 words and submitting it to "Cruising World" or "Sail"?
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Re: Atoll's Adventure, Offshore in a Canal Barge!

i had a call for help from pago pago,american samoa last week to take a boat to perth australia,but i really should be refitting my own boats during the summer!

who knows i may catch up with boatman again!
only really took this one because it was short , well paid and a bit of a challenge!
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Atoll...great story and pix. Have you considered making it about 1500 words and submitting it to "Cruising World" or "Sail"?
i might have to learn to spel
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Atoll...great story and pix. Have you considered making it about 1500 words and submitting it to "Cruising World" or "Sail"?
Cruising World and Sail pay better, but lets face it, atoll's style is more Latitude 38, don't you think? Before Lat38 went glossy, a reader had submitted a letter to the editor asking why they didn't go glossy instead of the newsprint type paper they used, and the editor answered back "We consider our publication is for the real cruisers, and should a cruiser run out of tp, what would he rather have to wipe his ass, glossy pages or newsprint". For as long as Lat38 has now been glossy, you get an idea how long ago I read that response and still remember it. That was just Lat38's style, and atoll is the same cut. Alex could probably polish one up for Sail, but Lat38 is a better fit IMHO.
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Cruising World and Sail pay better, but lets face it, atoll's style is more Latitude 38, don't you think? Before Lat38 went glossy, a reader had submitted a letter to the editor asking why they didn't go glossy instead of the newsprint type paper they used, and the editor answered back "We consider our publication is for the real cruisers, and should a cruiser run out of tp, what would he rather have to wipe his ass, glossy pages or newsprint". For as long as Lat38 has now been glossy, you get an idea how long ago I read that response and still remember it. That was just Lat38's style, and atoll is the same cut. Alex could probably polish one up for Sail, but Lat38 is a better fit IMHO.
i could probably get it published in the uk sailing mag "practical boat owner"

but,and that is a big but ,other less experinced barge owners might get the idea this trip is feasable if i did an article and get themselves into serious difficulties.

this trip was marginal to say the least ! i only undertook it as there was a period of very light winds,neap tides and low swell conditions over a 72 hour period.

in reality the vessel should have been shipped by road at considerable expense or towed by a larger powerful vessel.
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i could probably get it published in the uk sailing mag "practical boat owner"

but,and that is a big but ,other less experinced barge owners might get the idea this trip is feasable if i did an article and get themselves into serious difficulties.

this trip was marginal to say the least ! i only undertook it as there was a period of very light winds,neap tides and low swell conditions over a 72 hour period.

in reality the vessel should have been shipped by road at considerable expense or towed by a larger powerful vessel.
I wasn't going to say it, but that is how my cowardly back side might have done it. But what the hay, you knew the prop's pitch and rpm capabilities, and you managed to determine your windows of opportunities with tide calculations. I can see your concern of not wanting others to think it is something they and their underpowered barge could do, as that would muck up that congested area pretty good.
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Re: Atoll's Adventure, Offshore in a Canal Barge!

Way to go Atoll. Quite the trip. Glad things went well for you.
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Way to go Atoll. Quite the trip. Glad things went well for you.
thanks for the good wishes and i hope you enjoyed all the classic boat photos!
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So--the millions who turned out to greet you on the Thames, then hung around to see the other parade ?

Ps I am a monarchist.
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Re: Atoll's Adventure, Offshore in a Canal Barge!

OMG!!! lat 38 went glossy??? when that happen---yipes...

loved the atolls excellent adventures--was purrty and words were perfect--who carez iffn ye cannot speel......i can read it....
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So--the millions who turned out to greet you on the Thames, then hung around to see the other parade ?

Ps I am a monarchist.
fighting off all the women who wanted to climb on board was the hardest part!
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Why did you fight them off?
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Why did you fight them off?
A good pirate always knows how much "booty" he can handle aboard ship, eh atoll?
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