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Old 01-18-2016, 12:13 PM   #15
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Default ...but seriously

Strangely some have not taken on board the serious nature of the voyage of the Banana??? Yes, the main reason for the trip is for me to have some fun before I get carted off in the van by the people in white coats. The New Year has brought some good news on the planning side. Wageningen University have invited me to film their banana research centre (banana plants are being attacked by a fungus and may destroy the Cavendish, having already caused multi-million damage to the industry and almost wiped out the Gross Michael banana plant world wide), and the city of Arnhem are opening their Operation Market Garden museum for filming - the Banana can sail through 10 countries and be welcomed by all yet only one generation ago my father got a much more unfriendly welcome when trying to cross the Rhine at Rees in 1944. The Banana is becoming a symbol of the unification of Europe, without trying, seriously!!!


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Old 01-18-2016, 03:44 PM   #16
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Default Banana nirvana

Don't flinch if they call you a nana
For travelling by floating banana
The rest of the bunch
Will be still out to lunch
While you'll be halfway to nirvana...

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Old 01-19-2016, 08:59 AM   #17
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Thanks for that Gordon,


I can't find Nirvana even with google or my gps. At the moment I would rather be half way to anywhere than here doing the preparations...


Your poem will appear on my web site gobanana.zohosites.com shortly, with full credits, nautically.


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Old 02-05-2016, 07:44 PM   #18
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Default ibanana

Commitments here in France are done - from now on its go go banana...at least for the next nine months.

The 1st April deadline for the trip is too close. I cannot possibly get all the equipment, organise the needs of all the rules of the inland waterways etc., get stores organised, contact publishers, contact sponsors, get the internet to work (my website has stopped being picked up by web browsers even with the correct address), contact the 4 capital cities and 27 cities along the routes, get cameras and drones and learn how to use them, get fit, get the phone deal cancelled, buy a MOB transponder, find someone to look after the cat (her claws on the inflatable not welcome) and find insurance for the banana (classified by the Rhine River Authority as 'floating material' in convoy) not easy and what about correct clothing?.

No chance to get all that done; so I'll just go.

How do you real sailors think of everything before leaving harbour? I mean you can't just nip down to the open all hours for a bag of crisps or a bottle opener can you?

I still need a tow on the Black sea from Constanta to Sunny Beach, ta,

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Old 02-10-2016, 01:49 PM   #19
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Some people are not finding my wed-site using google.

So, google either bing, yahoo or ecosia, put in gobanana.zohosites.com Done.

Less than 50 days before the launch...yeh.

Working on a book deal with a UK publishers...

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Default google d geek

That last post should have read web site,

The Go Banana boat is an inflatable 5.5m beach attraction. (made to white water rafting specification, I might add)

The officials at the Rhine River Authority in Strasbourg don't see it in the same perspective. Here below is a copy of the email they sent me.
Even though it is bright yellow it apparently has to have lights on it too, even in the day time...also these rules don't apply on the Main River or the Danube / Main canal or indeed the Danube either; all of which have their own rules. Voyaging on a banana could be fun but now I am officially 'floating material' it kind of takes the romance out of it...The official is French by the way...enjoy


Bonjour,

You have spoken with the CCNR an I checked the regulations that apply on the Rhine. there is a difference compared to what I told to you. The régulations can find be on Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine in FR/DE/NL

a) police regulation
your banana is a "menue embarcation" -art 1.01 m). If it is towed, you are a "convoi remorqué art 1.01 d)
The police regulation applies (see art 3.13 for instance)

b) Rhine vessel inspection (RSOR)
Reglement Onderzoek Schepen op de Rijn

No requirements concerning the banana (smaller than 20m). But the banana is considered as a "matériel flottant"art 1.01 nummer 25 "drijvend voorwerp":

Your banana will be towed Is it a convoy ?

YES a towed convoy (convoi remorqué - art 1.01 Number 31 can be made of a vessel and a "matériel flottant /drijvend voorwerp":

=> the vessels that is towing the banana has to be allowed to tow something. This is mentionned on its Rhine vessel certificate

c) Lastly, the personnal regulation that defines the crew on board a convoy.
the article 3.16 defines the crew according to the length of the convoy

I wish you a successfull project
and invite you to contact the competent authorities http://www.ccr-zkr.org/files/documen...at_rpnr_nl.pdf
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Old 02-23-2016, 09:07 AM   #21
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Default Video of the iBanana boat build

This is the Banana I will be sailing or rather, towed on the European voyage. Also on the Go Banana web site www.gobanana.zohosites.com


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Old 02-24-2016, 10:15 AM   #22
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Les, have you considered posting on other forums? Not that I wish to show disloyalty to this one, but Cruisers Forum Cruisers & Sailing Forums - Powered by vBulletin (still part of the Social Knowledge empire) has a much wider reach.

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Default Info and updates

Thanks for the info Gordon. I will give it a go, although I will be returning here as usual, so there is no disloyalty. I have a few nice and positive comments.

Things are progressing...two local newspapers have picked up the story, so the nationals will follow. 36 days to go and so much to do. I am now spending all my time setting up contacts and sorting out camera equipment, talking to producers, marketing people and tourist offices all along the route. I am negotiating with a book publisher too. I am still concerned about the last stage of the voyage as getting from Constanta to Sunny Beach (Black Sea, Bulgaria) is going to be tricky as non of the larger vessels stop at Sunny beach, so still looking for a lift.

Did you see you poem was put on the jokes page, that's where all the puns, comments and poems etc. will go.

Thanks again,
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Hi Gilbotski,

It is encouraging you think so.

I don't feel very amazing at the moment with only 33 day left to sort ever thing out before the off. Some people have been truly amazing, and I have had some help that has come totally unexpectedly. There is a woman in Holland who is rewriting my website to make it better and now is setting up another which will function much better. She wrote an article (its on Transport Online nl) about the banana trip. She was intrigued by the voyage that she felt she wanted to be a part of it...for free...now that is amazing. The new website is www.gobanana.info the old site has most info a the moment, but that will change over the next few days.

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Default Banana voyage completed

To whom it may concern...

The Go Banana European Voyage Project travelling with a 5.5m inflatable Banana has been completed - Rotterdam to Constanta, travelling over all the in-land waterways, towed by ships, boats or barge pushers, twice carried by cargo ships and eventually fitted with a 5hp outboard to sail down (at least) 500km of the Danube before being towed along the Constanta canal taking exactly 4 calender months for the whole trip. 75 locks, 9 countries and four capital cities were navigated and the Banana has gone missing...have a look at my Facebook site - Goban Ana - or www.gobanana.info for photos and all the press and television coverage...the book will be written shortly...thank you to those who have followed my progress. Best wishes, bon voyage, Les Donohue-Bromley
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