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Skippers' Blog | Low tide

From 27 June 2013

Very low tides this week provide unique challenges to ferry skippers, read and see about the tides and their effect from our skipper Simon.

Little room to manoeuver means that at times a helping hand is needed to move backwards out of the ferry steps as there is a very real danger of running aground.  

This tide stop kept Place ferry quiet for at least two hours, but the weather was very warm and sunny.  Falmouth at the same time was overcast and grey as was the Helford passage.

An example of just how local the weather can be and how wrong the forecasters are at times.

Low tides are of course not all bad news as Bobby Dee was able to come up close to the sea wall and carry out some repairs and cleaning.  
Here she is parked up awaiting a good scrubbing from a power wash.  
Meanwhile Chris the assistant harbour master provides some expert tuition to a young lad whilst out completing his harbour duties.
Checking on moorings and other safety issues is a constant harbour theme. Today was very much an example of the ST Mawes heart beat, which will quicken next week as we hit high season.