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sixpackpert - n/a
21-Jul-08, 06:25 PM
Now firstly I have no idea why I was even awake at 7.30 on a Saturday morning let alone watching the news http://www.jonrb.com/emoticons/crazy.gif but...



http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7514571.stm

GavinParson - n/a
22-Jul-08, 06:21 AM
Anyone watch The One Show last night with Ann Widdecombe in Weston Super Mare? There was a hovercraft on the beach, who owns it? It looked like a five seater, sort of purple or dark red colour.



See pic or watch here.. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00cp4b9

machineage - n/a
22-Jul-08, 05:57 PM
It's the new craft bought by Avon Fire & Rescue- a Griffon 380TD. It broke down a couple of weeks ago and they had to be rescued!



Pic of it here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/48028479@N00/2564149153/

kach22i - n/a
25-Jul-08, 09:19 AM
Now firstly I have no idea why I was even awake at 7.30 on a Saturday morning let alone watching the news http://www.jonrb.com/emoticons/crazy.gif but...



http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7514571.stm (news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7514571.stm)








I'm afraid to ask what inspired that white skirt design detail. http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_surprised.gif

Jonathan - n/a
27-Jul-08, 12:04 PM
That skirt looks sharp enough to put an eye out!!



Still any publicity is good publicity*







*Just ask Max Moseley, or perhaps not...

GavinParson - n/a
28-Jul-08, 10:19 PM
It's the new craft bought by Avon Fire & Rescue- a Griffon 380TD. It broke down a couple of weeks ago and they had to be rescued!



Pic of it here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/48028479@N00/2564149153/ (www.flickr.com/photos/48028479@N00/2564149153/)




...And now the thing's all over the news cos someone left the chip pan on!!!

See the locals bleating on TV that there's no other attractions in Weston apart from the pier. Perhaps they'd welcome a big coastal hovercraft event. The local council were dead keen last time and this time they've got a support craft!

sixpackpert - n/a
29-Jul-08, 08:13 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erQkwXyuSOA

jon_curtis - n/a
29-Jul-08, 05:53 PM
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It's the new craft bought by Avon Fire & Rescue- a Griffon 380TD. It broke down a couple of weeks ago and they had to be rescued!



Pic of it here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/48028479@N00/2564149153/ (www.flickr.com/photos/48028479@N00/2564149153/)




...And now the thing's all over the news cos someone left the chip pan on!!!

See the locals bleating on TV that there's no other attractions in Weston apart from the pier. Perhaps they'd welcome a big coastal hovercraft event. The local council were dead keen last time and this time they've got a support craft!
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perhaps the local council have changed their angle, as they 100% refuse, point blank NO! to let me lauch my craft off the jet ski slip! the beach warden down there basically told me to F off http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_sad.gif

i think they have had some recent bad experiences with a numpty in a racing craft tearing up the beach! He has ruined it for others!



if you think you can get them to allow an event, then i would be very impressed, and also gratefull as its 30 mins from where i live.

hovercad - n/a
29-Jul-08, 07:07 PM
I was up as well when the hovercraft was on the news.

Then hovercraft on Scrapheap challenge.

Then yesterday on the M5 going south a craft being pulled by a red vehicle with All terrain rescue on the side.

This is either a sign that I should get my craft upto scratch for next seasons racing.

Or someone up there is rubbing salt into the wound that I cant get out and about this season.

Fingers crossed next season.



Craig

GavinParson - n/a
30-Jul-08, 11:03 AM
perhaps the local council have changed their angle, as they 100% refuse, point blank NO! to let me lauch my craft off the jet ski slip! the beach warden down there basically told me to F off http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_sad.gif

i think they have had some recent bad experiences with a numpty in a racing craft tearing up the beach! He has ruined it for others!



if you think you can get them to allow an event, then i would be very impressed, and also gratefull as its 30 mins from where i live.




From my experience local councils are often up for an event that is well organised as they're in the business of covering their a***s and don't want a death on their beach. They often get very hostile if an individual just turns up, I've seen that quite a few times.

That why this recreation committee appeal for cruising sites is slightly difficult to answer. There are many places that might welcome an organised event but frown on individuals.

It all comes down to local byelaws.



If individuals want to put on cruises or other events and do the negotiations with the authorities then they have a good chance of successfully getting it approved.

It is preferable if the local Council sees some benefit. A spectacular coastal race which might draw crowds and sell ice creams is more appealing to a Tourism Officer than a group of anoraks launching and disappearing into the distance.



I guess the idea of a "rally" might work especially if there were a few static craft for people to look at and maybe approved ride-giving. Now that might make the news!

jon_curtis - n/a
30-Jul-08, 06:47 PM
your right, i suspect they would want to do anything to get people down there while the peir is being fixed!



a similar approach might work further down the coast at burnham.



its funny as both places now have rescue hovercraft, the burnham craft seems to have good thrash about the mud flats, generally on a sunday from what i hear from a local. but private/personal craft are not allowed http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_sad.gif

jar2 - n/a
30-Jul-08, 09:46 PM
its funny as both places now have rescue hovercraft, the burnham craft seems to have good thrash about the mud flats, generally on a sunday from what i hear from a local. but private/personal craft are not allowed http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_sad.gif




The reality is that it is unacceptable for leisure hovercraft to operate on public beaches. I fully understand the reasons for this - most public beaches ban the use of motorised vehicles on simple safety grounds (people and vehicles should be kept separate). It would not be generally considered acceptable to run around a public park on a quad bike or in a car - why should a public beach be any different?



Having said that, you do have the same right to navigate on uncontrolled tidal water as any other water craft owner - that right includes 'mooring' on a beach as part of your journey.



Jon, assuming you are still a club member, I would suggest that you ask the beach warden to provide you with a copy of the byelaw that specifically bans hovercraft from launching onto the water. If he can provide you with a copy then please pass it onto the Recreational Committee and we will attempt to resolve the problem.



The rescue services do need to 'train' - however, the "hovercraft display" at Weston looked more like a publicity stunt to me.

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