Cape to Cape Expedition
Coniston 13th April 2006 - Land Rover and Hagglund
The purpose of taking the Land rover and the Hagglund to Coniston
was for tests. The Land rover had not been in the water since July 2004 when it
crossed the Irish Sea and we had never seen the Hagglund in the water at all
apart from in videos. We had a couple of propellers to test - neither made any
significant difference to the speed.
The Hagglund is amphibious however is not very manoeuvrable and
we had a couple of scares with water coming in around the doors. The rear
compartment would also be very susceptible to currents and seemed to drift off
on its own accord. Compared to the Hagglund the Land rover was extremely
manoeuvrable and could easily run rings round it. The weather did its usual with very
heavy showers where the Hagglund came into its own being used as a mobile bacon
butty van !!
Coniston was also the first time that Sue and Roger Shuttleworth were able to see the vehicles in action and as they are
interested in joining the expedition it was a good (but wet) experience for them