Training on Marigot in boathandling continues in Victoria Dock on Sundays.

 

Training on Marigot - Boathandling training in Victoria Dock
Marigot in Victoria Dock

 

 

 

Training on Marigot - Boathandling training in Victoria Dock
Close tuition on the wheel of Marigot as she comes alongside the wall in Victoria Dock

Marigot is 52 feet long, she is 14ft wide, weighs 45 tons and has no brakes whatsoever. 
Driving her and “parking” safely alongside while learning other skills including personal safety and basic seamanship  is certainly challenging, but that’s what our trainees have to cope with.
It’s a lot to learn, but to date no-one has ever said it was too difficult.

 

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The view from the wheel

 

Marigot often feels a bit slow to respond to “instructions” from the helm, but if the helmsman works with the boat and does the right thing at the right time (a few seconds in advance of the desired reaction) she is very tractable.

 

 

 

Training on Marigot - Boathandling training in Victoria Dock
Handing over the helm to the next trainee

 

 

 

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Approaching North Carr to come alongside

 

 

 

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We lacked the bottle to fish this box of Ferraro Roche chocolates out of the dock and eat them but it was a close run thing. Some of us were hungry….
Still, we wondered who’d thrown them into the dock and why..?

 

 

Dave on the wheel
Dave on the wheel

 

 

 

Training on Marigot - boathandling training, Taymara 7
Caption Competition – pop your answers in a bucket and hand them to Bob