View Full Version : Fun at the launch ramp

05-13-2015, 08:58 AM
I spent a few hilarious hours at the slip in the dhow harbour last weekend. It was a nice day out and it was really busy. No-one appears to be in charge, and there is no concept of a westernised queuing system. Everybody just shows up and if there is a gap large enough for a dwarf you just push your way in there. And you park so the guy that just launched can't get out. Some drivers dump four jetskis and then disappear to go find a place to park the truck and trailer, leaving one bewildered guy hanging on to all four of them and making it impossible to launch anything else in the meantime.

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When it is your turn you offload whatever you have on your trailer, and remove your car and trailer, or not. One was parked on the slip for at least twenty minutes while the driver went off to go fill up his boat at the pumps which is a further 500 yards down the dock, with its own queue of boats waiting. It was still there when I left.

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Then some clown comes around on a jestski and does doughnuts in the mouth of the slip, and everything floating is out of control and bashing on the concrete.

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Once every now and then a native Qatari shows up, and for a few minutes there is a semblance of order as everyone immediately makes way for him. Unless two of them shows up at the same time, in which case there is lots of shouting that I presume is about whom is the more important. Once that is sorted, things carry on. I have seldom in my life seen such utter chaos.

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Paul Pless
05-13-2015, 09:04 AM
boat ramp follies are similar throughout the world i think

Duncan Gibbs
05-13-2015, 09:09 AM
I was in Doha in 2003 working on the public domain construction documentation for the Asia Games facilities and had a chance to drive there. So I can imagine that if the boat ramp procedures are anything like the method of entering, going around and exiting a roundabout there, then utter chaos is the rule.

05-13-2015, 09:10 AM
Nothing that a little epoxy won't fix. The outboard is still on it, perhaps the owner plans on using it again.

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This one also appears to have its best years behind it.

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Plenty of plastic boats just sitting out there in the elements, hasn't been used in a long while.

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This inboard was also just sitting out there in the open amongst the junk. It appears to be brand new. The last rains here was in December some time if I remember correctly, so I guess it has been out there for at least five months.

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05-13-2015, 09:19 AM
The chances of those axles having brakes are slim-and-none, and from the qatari driving I've seen on the internet I'll assume that the truck has the LS1 motor and was driven like a rented mule.... Now that it's at the ramp its potential for mayhem is drastically reduced! :D

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05-13-2015, 09:20 AM
Plenty of these around. Petrol is around 33 USD cents per litre, and it shows.

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Tough looking little tug.

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They are busy dredging the harbour. It was interesting to see how they used the trenching machine to push the barge which the little tug above delivered into place.

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This only looks abandoned, it had a working bilge pump on it. Every few minutes there was a splash of water coming from the hose over the transom just to starboard of the rudder.

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05-13-2015, 09:29 AM
I was in Doha in 2003 working on the public domain construction documentation for the Asia Games facilities and had a chance to drive there. So I can imagine that if the boat ramp procedures are anything like the method of entering, going around and exiting a roundabout there, then utter chaos is the rule.

Oh man, those roundabouts are absolute mayhem. I dread driving in this city, and I am used to Johannesburg where the driving is pretty mercenary at best. They are replacing the roundabouts with proper intersections and traffic lights at the moment, there are just too many accidents. But it takes time.

Phil Y
05-13-2015, 05:39 PM
Funny how without a modicum of courtesy which we take for granted stuff like that just goes to crap. Everything in Papua New Guinea was like that. Opening time at any government department was like a football scrum to get to the counter first.

05-13-2015, 07:05 PM
Our daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons now live in Dubai, after three years in Beijing, China. She said recently that never thought she would miss China, but now she does.