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BALMORAL
« on: July 25, 2008, 01:00:18 pm »

JUST thought this was worth a look what a beautiful site

http://burnham-on-sea.com/news/2008/balmoral-visits-24-07-08.php
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2008, 01:35:11 pm »


Yes indeed.   O0   What a lot of money to find, to keep her going, but worth it.

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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2008, 08:25:32 pm »

Must have another trip on her. I think my last one was round the Isle of Wight around 1960!
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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2008, 09:25:15 pm »


Hi Colin. 

They have changed the engine since then, so you you should have a smooth ride. She is down here because the Waverley is being repaired at the moment and was withdrawn. Hopefully she will return soon to the Newport area and I can go aboard.

I haven't seen any models of the Balmoral around. Do you know if the are being produced.?

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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2008, 09:44:56 pm »

Hi Ken,

I am not aware of any recent models of Balmoral, everyone seems to go for Waverley these days! She did have a red funnel when i was last on her though.

What's this about the Waverley being repaired? I was hoping to sail on her at the end of September while she's supposed to be down South.

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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2008, 10:04:53 pm »


Yes Colin.  Here is their official website

http://www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk/pressrelease.htm

If you scroll down to the press release in May, you will notice that she has pulled into dry dock for repairs to her paddle wheel shafts and bearings.

Hope this helps

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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2008, 10:16:39 pm »


Here is further detailed info from the unofficial web site.

http://www.waverleyandbalmoral.co.uk/waverley/articles08/wheel/index.htm

All is well. She is back on the water.

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« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2008, 10:30:38 pm »

Good news then Ken. My trip will have to be at the end of September which coincides with the equinoctial gales! Oh, what fun!

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Re: BALMORAL
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2008, 10:33:51 am »

I spent a fortnight on her last year as a relief mate and my only commment is she stay where she was built for and intended to work as a Southampton/Cowes ferry, she is not my idea of a coastal passenger vessel in any shape or form. If I remember right she was allowed only up to 16 miles of the coast last year and can only work the summer months on the coast. Also yes she was hard work long hours with little real rest.
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« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2008, 09:11:32 pm »

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« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2008, 04:43:53 pm »

If the model is anywhere like the original on stabilitiy, it may be a bit diffilcult to ballast her correctly much like naval destroyers etc.
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« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2008, 06:24:46 pm »

The real thing is a lot different since her engines were replaced although even then she liked to roll . . . its what happens as a result of her shallow draft. Scillonian III suffers the same problem.

Funny you mention naval destroyer's in your post . . . . her designer designed many of those too I understand . . .
 

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« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2008, 10:06:13 pm »

I did a 14 day relieve mates job on her last year, and when she was underway at speed with passengers you could only alter course very slowly (5 degrees at a time) otherwise she would topple passengers. She is quite narrow for her length, the old Wightlink boats like Southsea where beamer and heavier built, better boats all round.
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« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2008, 10:08:05 pm »

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the old Wightlink boats like Southsea where beamer and heavier built, better boats all round.

Couldn't agree more!
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