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WAVERLEY

Post by riverman » Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:10 pm

Out of the Garvel Drydock this afternoon for CHQ, trials, and then Bristol Channel. :D
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Re: WAVERLEY

Post by riverman » Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:14 pm

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Approaching CHQ
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Re: WAVERLEY

Post by yorkieman » Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:23 am

Why do they drydock in the middle of the 'summer season'? Was it planned that way, or an emergency?
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Re: WAVERLEY

Post by alasdairmac » Mon Jun 06, 2011 9:25 am

It was the routine annual visit George - planned for the gap between the Western Isles sailings and the Bristol Channel. Unfortunately a problem with repairs to the steering engine detained her in the Garvel for about 10 days longer than planned. She missed her Clyde sails over the bank holiday weekend, and her Bristol Channel sailings this weekend past. Not a good start to a season when she needs to earn every penny she can - and then a few more !

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Post by yorkieman » Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:33 pm

Thanks for explanation Alasdair .... but seems a risky strategy to me and as you say, has rebounded on revenue potential this year. Plenty of winter months surely .....
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Re: WAVERLEY

Post by Richard D » Mon Jun 06, 2011 1:03 pm

Was there a problem with the electrics? Some friends who visited whilst she was in drydock reported a strong smell of burnt cable !

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Re: WAVERLEY

Post by alasdairmac » Mon Jun 06, 2011 1:03 pm

I know exactly where you are coming from George. It rebounded a couple of years back too with the paddle shaft issue. However, I think that the Garvel is generally very heavily booked over the winter months by the likes of CalMac and so I suspect that she has to fit in once that work is done. Another problem may be that most of Waverley's crew, I think including all of the ABs, are seasonal and so crewing her mid-winter even for the short sail to/from drydock might be a costly issue.

PS Richard - I didnt hear anything about an electrical problem but if Gav is looking in he might be able to comment.

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Re: WAVERLEY

Post by dougie-coull » Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:37 pm

Tugster Ecosse wrote:She was doing an engine test alongside CHQ in Greenock last night and when finished she gave an ETD from Greenock for 0800 Monday morning.
She's still there and no one seems to know when she will leave.

A few images from yesterday including her move - http://www.dougie-coull-photography.co. ... /2011-06-6

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Re: WAVERLEY

Post by alasdairmac » Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:31 am

As of now, Waverley Excursions website is showing today's sailing in the Bristol Channel cancelled but tomorrow's still operating. AIS though shows her still firmly alongside at Greenock. This is a terrible start to the season.

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Re: WAVERLEY

Post by alasdairmac » Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:02 pm

Agreed Tugster. But let's remember that it is of necessity a shoestring opetration which has to be devoid of all luxuries. Maybe they have to fit in to the Garvel when the latter would normally be quiet and prices cheaper? Or, maybe even just when CalMac are finished with their winter programme.

What is bad and costs nothing though is good customer relations by way of letting intending passengers know what's happening. With a 24 hour minimum transit time to the Bristol Channel, the website has only in the last hour or so been updated to intimate that tomorrow's sailings are cancelled. They must have known that last night. Appalling.

I too fear for her future. It would indeed be a tragedy to lose her.

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Re: WAVERLEY

Post by alasdairmac » Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:47 pm

Hi Tugster. She has actually been used for the odd wedding or two off-season in the last couple of years and I too wonder why this line of revenue has not been more successfully tapped into. I am afraid that there is something still very amateurish about her management and although a new revenue improvement plan is supposedly being evolved I am not going to hold my breath. After a very enjoyable Western Isles at the end of April, I plan to enjoy a few sailings on her this summer (I hope) and will keep my fingers crossed that they are not the last.

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Post by dougie-coull » Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:47 pm

Tugster Ecosse wrote:I feel sorry for all the people who over many years have helped the paddler in so many ways.
Why was she never used for functions like weddings/funeral's/conference/meetings or riverside dinning? Her earning season is short enough without what has happened this past week or so.
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I believe that the operation is headed by an autocrat who has refused assistance and advice from many in the past.

Sounds like 'head in sand' to me.

But as stated, the lack of notice and communication to paying customers will only lead to her demise through eventual lack of customer support.

Such a shame :cry:

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Re: WAVERLEY

Post by riverman » Wed Jun 08, 2011 12:32 pm

Waverley on the move and at Loch Long at present, must be carrying out trials. :)
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Post by dougie-coull » Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:14 pm

riverman wrote:Waverley on the move and at Loch Long at present, must be carrying out trials. :)
Back at Greenock now Paul.

Video from Sunday's move - http://vimeo.com/dougiecoull/ps-waverley

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Re: WAVERLEY

Post by alasdairmac » Wed Jun 08, 2011 3:39 pm

Let's hope that this is it - the website is still advertising sailings from Friday 10th and so if she gets on her way tonight she'll get there in plenty time.

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Post by dougie-coull » Wed Jun 08, 2011 4:51 pm

alasdairmac wrote:Let's hope that this is it -
Back out for more trials now ..............

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Post by dougie-coull » Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:23 pm

On her way back to CHQ - then leaving in about an hour - assume she'll be heading to the Bristol Channel but not confirmed.

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Re: WAVERLEY

Post by riverman » Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:46 pm

Waverley now on her way for Bristol Channel departing CHQ approx. 1930hrs. :D
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Re: WAVERLEY

Post by alasdairmac » Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:48 pm

uuLooks like thats her on her way now Bon Voyage old girl !

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Post by dougie-coull » Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:19 pm

alasdairmac wrote: Bon Voyage old girl !
Just a few hardy souls braved the weather to see her off - http://www.dougie-coull-photography.co. ... /2011-06-8 :D
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Re: WAVERLEY

Post by alasdairmac » Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:27 pm

Now (15:20 BST) showing again on AIS just off St Bride's Bay, which gives her 110nm or so to run to Avonmouth

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Re: WAVERLEY

Post by IanT » Thu Jun 09, 2011 7:10 pm

She's heading to Swansea Alasdair giving an ETA about midnight tonight.

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Re: WAVERLEY

Post by alasdairmac » Thu Jun 09, 2011 7:52 pm

Thanks Ian. And so it's left hand and not right hand down a bit. Her AIS was showing Avonmouth which is what I took my comment from (having said that it also gives her eta as 9th May ! ). She's dropped off screen for the moment though. No matter - we'll just say that the old paddler isnt happy with such modern technology, and neither she should be at her age !

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Re: WAVERLEY

Post by duncanwilson » Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:43 pm

I received a copy of the summer timetable from Waverley Excursions through the post today. I received the same timetable from the Coastal Cruising Association, with Cruising Monthly, a month or so ago.
I don't know why I have been sent a copy by WE. I have never asked for one.
However, given the dire financial situation in which WE find themselves, they should be trying to avoid unnecessary costs including postage.
I am assuming that WE send the CCA a certain number of timetables every year. If this is the case then surely there must be a way of cross-checking the names of those to whom the timetables are sent.
How many timetables have WE sent out by post? Have any other members of Clyde Maritime received one by post?
In any case an excursion company with a bit of marketing savvy would have sent out their summer timetables long before now no matter who it is sent to.
I have returned my copy to the sender in the hope that it will be given to someone who really needs it.

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Post by alasdairmac » Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:39 pm

Duncan. You are absolutely 100% spot on with this comment. I received another copy in the mail this morning too. I believe that Waverley Excursions mailing list is in excess of 70,000 which is handled by a commercial agency. On postage alone, thats got to be £20,000 plus. Add print and enveloping costs. refer back to my earlier post when I mentioned amateur management.

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Re: WAVERLEY

Post by Doxford Diesel » Fri Jun 10, 2011 12:35 pm

duncanwilson wrote: I have returned my copy to the sender in the hope that it will be given to someone who really needs it.

Cheers, Duncan.
Would it be petty to suggest that you might have handed it on to somebody else yourself, and so saved the Waverley firm a penny or two?

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Post by duncanwilson » Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:32 am

Yes fair point,
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Re: WAVERLEY

Post by riverman » Mon Jun 20, 2011 4:51 pm

Waverley showing on AIS just North of the Mull of Galloway 15.3 knots
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Re: WAVERLEY

Post by yorkieman » Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:47 pm

Report in ''Cruising Monthly' by the Chairman of WSN. Some key points.

Appeal Target increased to £350,000 due to 'facing another challenge', £110,000 already raised from 2,800 people. This is 'to make sure WAVERLEY and BALMORAL can sail in 2012 and beyond'.

60% increase in fuel cost for WAVERLEY since 2010 season, now costs £5000/day or £8 per minute. Fuel for W will cost £250,000 more in 2011 than in 2010.
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Re: WAVERLEY

Post by riverman » Sat Jun 25, 2011 10:01 pm

At Helensburgh today where the sun always shines :lol:
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Re: WAVERLEY

Post by riverman » Sat Jun 25, 2011 10:05 pm

Departing Helensburgh.
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Re: WAVERLEY

Post by riverman » Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:47 am

Waverley was flying a blue flag with yellow cross on her bow when at Helensburgh last night. Anyone know what this was?
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Re: WAVERLEY

Post by Malim Sahib » Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:43 pm

Paul,
It's the Flag of St David (Welsh), often seen when she has a Welsh Master in command - Luke Davies?
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Re: WAVERLEY

Post by Doxford Diesel » Fri Jul 01, 2011 4:49 pm

It's Steve College. Noticeable that the Waverley is running to time as well!

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Post by riverman » Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:50 pm

Thanks for that Jim, don't recall seeing it before.
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Re: WAVERLEY

Post by bobrobert » Fri Jul 22, 2011 12:14 pm

Anyone who paid £99 for the Tall ships day's sailing feel it was worth it? The Waverley did all it could on the day to get near the ships but it wasn't till later in the day it succeeded. I felt they overcharged for what was a good day but not an exceptional one. :(

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