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Old 14 May 2003, 09:27   #1
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BananaSharks cruising..

comfortable at high speed..
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Old 14 May 2003, 10:01   #2
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Thats a r/c model!!
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Old 14 May 2003, 10:14   #3
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hoohoo

and? its still got outboard trim/lift, speed rails, vented hull steps (hence the scoop on the cockpit), and a 12oz capacity bowtank for when its rough.. surely thats realistic enough?
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Old 14 May 2003, 15:51   #4
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Hi folks

1.4HP for 3.5 cc, wish my diesel had that power to weight ratio

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Old 14 May 2003, 15:52   #5
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Re: hoohoo

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... and a 12oz capacity bowtank for when its rough
Now there's somethin'!

I bashed my brains out, and my neck and knees on way up to Fowey from Plym on Sunday morning. It was one of those typical Plymouth Sound mussy bits of sea. All lumps and bumps.

Then from Fowey to Falmouth, with the wind on the nose, I decided to experiment. I gave the trim tabs full 20 degrees of lift, trimmed the leg in tight and shot bow loads of spray left and right. Boy! It was seriously less painful. The deep-V bow did the contact work and left out the flat middle and aft bits.

Next project is to work out how to squeeze in a half ton of water in the bow of Magellan Alpha to get some serious bow depression and wave punching comfort. Any ideas, folks?
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funny you should say that... while getting battered in the smooth riding 'Shark im sure i heard kitten say 'why doesn't he trim it in and give it some?' ..'because he's in doubt?'.. (andmoany other old phrases)

But then thinking of the following variables.. one weekendaway = 150 cans of beer = roughly 150kg.. cans + gaffer tape = fairly easy to mould shape.. hey presto! one 'bow tank'.. (my calculations dont allow for a rough trip home though)...
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Old 15 May 2003, 02:04   #7
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150 cans of beer = roughly 150kg.. cans + gaffer tape = fairly easy to mould shape.. hey presto! one 'bow tank'..
Hmmm...certainly creative thinking. Thanks. I shall ponder some more.
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further thoughts..

this principle equally lends itself to the elusive 'perfect wake' when wakeboarding - simply place the aforementioned beer ballast as close to the transom as possible..
As the days play continues, you shoudnt notice the wake becoming smaller and smaller - provided the beer is equally shared between driver, spotter and riders.
Safety tip - dont throw the used cans overboard, they could cause a nasty injury to any wakeboarders should they hit them. Instead use the empty cans and gaffer tape to fashion a handy propguard, thus saving a fortune on novelty accessories.
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Old 16 May 2003, 08:20   #9
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Hi Mike, I am back from my travels. Be VERY carefull putting too much weight in the bow of the boat. What will happen is the front of the boat will stop a split second before the outdrive realises what has happened and will break both gimble points on the transom plate. Trust me I know. You have to calculate what is better, a smooth ride or being rescued by the RNLI and big repair bill. A better idea is to lobby for more mooring facilities with pubs outside all around the coast. Touch base with you soon
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PS will be down your way with a suprise around the 4./ 5th August.
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Old 16 May 2003, 10:08   #10
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Thanks, Alan. Point noted. Actually, by lifting the back end with full flaps, so to speak, the ride is so much better that this might be the way to go rather than adding ballast. The boat is pretty heavy as it always was and, as you suggest, more weight might over-egg the cake.

Nonetheless I may try out a couple of big plastic cans of water just to see if it has any effect on the ride. On the way back from Cardiff back in March last year we had the bow stuffed with half a dozen of those big cans filled with fuel to try and make it back in one hit. We were burning 2.5L per mile then. It was, as you might remember, kinda ruff at the time. One of the cans gave up the ghost and we arrived in St Mawes with a thin trickle of diesel still running from the self bailers in the transom.

Still, with all that oil on troubled waters, it would have been a nice ride for a wake boarder. You want to give that idea of mine a try some time, Mr Voovar.

PS Should be around these parts early Aug. I'll keep an eye open for you. Cheers.
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