Living With Our Rapido 963f Le Randonneur Motor Home.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Other boating interests again!

With little to write about narrowboats and canals at the time being, as we prepare for the winter, here is another attempt I made at video production back in 2007, (due to a still unresolved Blogger issue with uploaded video, where videos stop working after a few hours, I have had to replace it with still photographs, so my apologies for that). This is pre-narrowboat ownership, and I took the footage whilst driving a fast powerboat on a 30 knot passage from the coast at Rock, Cornwall, up the estuary of the River Camel to Wadebridge, having passed the helm to a friend. Not the easiest thing to do at speed, and it turned out a little grainy, but I think that gives it atmosphere, although the impression of the actual speed got lost. The water had calmed somewhat once in the estuary. It would have been impossible to shoot the footage in open water due to the swell at the time, which was around 4 feet, although not choppy at all.

Motoring down the Camel Estuary from Rock

Inside Padstow Harbour from the boat

Padstow Harbour

Port Quin (next door to Port Isaac) from the boat.
The boat is made by Cranchi, an Italian company, is fitted with a single large Volvo Penta diesel linked to a Volvo Penta stern drive, and is equipped with VHF radio, a GPS plotter and all other relevant safety equipment, and is owned by my brother. This particular journey takes you down the coast from Port Isaac (the location of the Doc Martin TV series), past the "Doom bar" sandbank, aptly named and is itself the location of many a shipwreck due to its hazardous and constantly moving nature, into the inlet of the estuary (where this clip starts), past Padstow Harbour, and up to Wadebridge. At low tide, the river at Wadebridge, under the A39 road bridge, dries out.

Happy memories!

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