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Long distance Seagull trip.

Post by Mark B » Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:27 pm

Ahoy there!
I will be taking my boat out shortly to a fishing Mark about five miles off shore.
I was wondering what distances you have been made using a Seagull?
The chap who had my boat and engine before me used to take it across to The Isle Of Wight from the main land for a pint now and then.
There could be some epic distances covered by a single Seagull outboard?

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Re: Long distance Seagull trip.

Post by Oyster 49 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:57 pm

I'd suggest you carry a second engine as a back up. However as long as your engine is properly set up and serviced then it should be fine. If running villiers ignition then a new coil would be a good idea.

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Re: Long distance Seagull trip.

Post by Charles uk » Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:00 pm

42 miles around the island of Bermuda.

I'm not sure how far the Waikato race is, 80 something miles.

Search for the trip on the Murry the Aussies did.
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Re: Long distance Seagull trip.

Post by Mark B » Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:38 pm

Yes, that’s what I was thinking about a second engine... I did put a post on about a long shaft seagull lighter than my one (Seagull 90) that would push my 14ft boat along nicely...
That’s a long trip..42 miles is a fair trot and the one.,,well that’s great... I will look the Luther one up...

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Re: Long distance Seagull trip.

Post by croweater » Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:05 am

British Seagulls will do long distances as some of the guys here have done do as Oyster 49 suggested and take a spare motor. Also being that far offshore I expect you would have all the safety gear (law in Aust.), flares, epirb etc. The longest run I have done was 2,000kms down the Murray River best effort in one day was over 90kms, Adrian Dale did a 70NM (130km) run around Bruny Island (Southern Ocean) in one day huge effort.
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Re: Long distance Seagull trip.

Post by timberman2004 » Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:26 am

well...
a 4 day run down the Thames from Tadpole to Dorney (near Eton)...about 88 miles

used my "naval' 1942 SD

we were near deaf at the end ....faultless except engine had a tendency to want to drop into gear at most undesirable moments
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Post by 40TPI » Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:24 pm

Finished solo, 6 day trip down the Thames this week; enjoyed meeting up with Charles and other friends for afternoon tea and picnics en route.

Put in at Lechlade Marina, Gloucestershire, and travelled upstream to the start of the limit of powered navigation near the Round House, then downstream to the end of the locked, non-tidal, Thames at Teddington lock.

Waited for the flood tide and locked down onto the Tideway for a short journey and pulled out at Petersham drawdock, nearly opposite Eel Pie Island. Just over 125 miles.

Used my “Artic Survey” 1969 FPC on the back of a 12’ Norwegian Rana Batfabrikk. Sleep aboard jury rigged tarpaulin boat tent and 1930s Primus stove….
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Post by Journeyman » Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:10 am

125 miles with a seagull is a real feat of endurance, probably can’t hear SWMBO any more which is the one merit.
Did 25 miles last week and was glad to get out of the dingy with all the noise and smoke and get back out sailing with out an engine.

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Post by 40TPI » Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:43 pm

Yes, I admit I was pretty tired at the end. There are 44 locks on the journey and these took as much time if not more than the cruising. I did many of them on my own in the early mornings and late evenings before and after the lock keepers' duty hours; not the most pleasant or safest places to climb down into to get back into a boat. Some locks still dont have safety chains on the walls. Defo life jacket, rigger gloves and both hands; no spare hand for a camera!

To be fair, all praise to the Project Manager. She did trailer me out to Gloucs and back from London although she wasn’t that keen on driving through London with the trailer to pick me up …
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The battle scars on the bows of "Goring" trip boat don't build confidence when sharing a lock either!

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Post by Horsley-Anarak » Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:46 pm

Good job Peter, I could have come If I had known you were going.
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Re: Long distance Seagull trip.

Post by 40TPI » Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:48 pm

Didn’t think anybody would want to rough it sleeping in their boat mooring up against steel pilings or tied up to overhanging trees. (The boat version of wild camping….) But LARS would have looked good along with August for sure!

How do you fancy doing a circuit from Brentford Grand Union/Regents through central London and an early morning dash back up from Limehouse on the tide? I had originally thought about adding that onto this last trip but cancelled out after working out how many days it added. Charles might turn out in his dayglow Andy Pandy flotation suit. ;-)

I’m also seriously thinking about doing the Trent and the Ouses; but that’s probably next year. (I’ve got access to a private slip at Bedford)

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Re: Long distance Seagull trip.

Post by lodgey62 » Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:40 pm

I have a lovely little 1954 FVP,it travelled from Oban to Halifax a couple of months ago.



In the back of a van! :lol:

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Re: Long distance Seagull trip.

Post by croweater » Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:26 am

Well done guys Impressive runs, 44 locks wow. :shock: Sleeping on a 12 footer is hard on the body most of the guys here that do the long runs have a swag for sleeping.

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Re: Long distance Seagull trip.

Post by Charles uk » Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:33 am

I did just over half of peter's trip 20 years ago, when my lad was about 10 in a 15 foot Coleman Canadian canoe with a side mounted FPC, with a tent & sleeping bags, Swags didn't exist here in the UK.

All was brilliant until we got caught in a thunderstorm just before Henley, 3 inches of water in the bottom of the boat & soaked everything, as it was only 7 miles from home, so a call got us rescued.

He'd been up the shops on his own & bought us a french stick so we could have barbecued sausages for lunch, which had turned to soup in the bottom of the boat, not even the swans wanted to eat it!
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Re: Long distance Seagull trip.

Post by croweater » Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:48 am

Charles uk wrote:I did just over half of peter's trip 20 years ago, when my lad was about 10 in a 15 foot Coleman Canadian canoe with a side mounted FPC, with a tent & sleeping bags, Swags didn't exist here in the UK.

All was brilliant until we got caught in a thunderstorm just before Henley, 3 inches of water in the bottom of the boat & soaked everything, as it was only 7 miles from home, so a call got us rescued.
An adventure trip your son will never forget.
John

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