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MK5 assault boats.

#1
Has anybody tried using these at sea? I used them years back on rivers. I imagine they wouldn't be up to much at sea being flat bottomed. I was wondering about one for inshore work in reasonable weather arond the West coast of Scotland, fishing and the like.

Any thoughts?
 
#5
I once had to paddle one across Loch Ewe (long before the days of HSE considerations.....) and it was effing terrifying. Wind and waves would make it spin like a top, so it was next to impossible to steer, even though we were fairly competent at boat-handling. Lacked sufficient buoyancy, so after one particular wave filled us up, we ended up with about 3 inches of freeboard and in danger of sinking like a stone. Had to bail for our survival for the whole of the five hours it took for the wind to bring us close to the shore - we were lucky it wasn't an offshore wind.
 

ugly

LE
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#6
We used 1 in the surf at Blackpool with 2 johnson 40's still swamped an awful lot. If the sea is above force 3 I wouldnt bother, for about £1000 I'm sure you can but a better designed boat!
 

ugly

LE
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#7
snapper said:
EX_STAB said:
woody said:
your tired of life aren't you ?
Yeh, I didn't think they'd be up to it either....

Just checking!

Ever tried a Mk 1 Recce boat..... with a Johnson 40 ratchet strapped on the back??? .... its err 'interesting'.... just dont try turning quick
Gordon bennet they were designed for the seagull!
 
#8
Hmm, the responses are much as I expected. I did try using a civvy lightweight flat bottom boat in a sea loch recently and it was a bit of a nightmare too.
I'll have a look at what else is available. Thanks for the contributions.

Cheers,

Ex STAB
 
#9
been to sea in one off margate as part of a stab assualt pioneer course :cry:
not exactly sea worthy but did the job just. had the mickey taken by the RNLI " don' t worry lads wewillbe just over here if you need us
had life jackets on so could have always swum ashore.
I sure you could use one but then you could run a marathon in army issue green trainers but why would you want to ?
about as sea worthy as an inflatable dingy brought from a seaside shop with the problem that its made of steel
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Fletcher-Spee...55QQihZ014QQcategoryZ1296QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
#10
brighton hippy said:
been to sea in one off margate as part of a stab assualt pioneer course :cry:
not exactly sea worthy but did the job just. had the mickey taken by the RNLI " don' t worry lads wewillbe just over here if you need us
had life jackets on so could have always swum ashore.
I sure you could use one but then you could run a marathon in army issue green trainers but why would you want to ?
about as sea worthy as an inflatable dingy brought from a seaside shop with the problem that its made of steel
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Fletcher-Spee...55QQihZ014QQcategoryZ1296QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
That reminds me I did the Broadstairs Harbour show by driving one from Margate round to the harbour. I had one on board for the trip and picked up a half section of the rocks below the cliffs around the corner. Killed the speed but for a TA beach assault very funny! We were baling as much as firing on the way in and out and it was a calm day!
 
#12
Could always use a Stolly .....Dvr got 1/2 across the channel but ran out of ful dont you know :applaud: or stop being tight and pay the ferry fare to Millport like eveyone else :numberone:


Edited for mong spelling
 

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