Rivers 'near' Perth
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Paddled the Tay at Stanley on Saturday in lowish levels. The weir appears to have broken down further and there is now a chunk of concrete in the eddy between the main (middle) and far right channels that has separated itself from the weir. There are at least 3 LARGE (ie. 10 inches long) and very sharp metal spikes sticking directly up out of this. If the levels were to increase they would be lurking just below the surface and could well split a boat (or a person) if they were unlucky enough to paddle over them. They are about 3m downstream of the weir itself and are in the main eddy but closer to the right channel than the middle. I'll take my camera next time I'm out and post some photos up here.
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They are vicious looking spikes. I am not sure how easy a hacksaw would get through them but I'll keep one in my car and take it down next time on river to see.
Ambition and ability I've got too much of one and very little of the other
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Jim W wrote: the left side has began to break up and may be dangerous. It was hard to tell if there were any dangerous spikes or other due to the water level.
Jim: Can we take it you are a regular on the weir, and that you mean that it's more broken up than it already was? I ask because I'd have described it as broken up even a couple of years ago.
Given that lots of people use the weir very regularly without mishap, but that there clearly are spikes in certain places, it might be good if anyone could do another summary of what they saw last time the water was low. I also wonder if we could find a way to map the weir so that newcomers could be as well informed as those of us who already know which chute is which (etc).
This is clearly a slowly evolving situation so my personal suggestion would be that people, on an ongoing basis, report what's currently known about each chute and the spaces between - including where inspections have revealed no current problems. I suggest that we work on the assumptions that: a) the weir is paddled very very regularly without mishap (beyond the norm) and b) we still need to take proper note that there's a definite risk brought about by the presence of spikes and c) the situation keeps changing and we should keep the information flowing.
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