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Old 29 October 2004, 14:28   #11
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(how 'bout aspirational Solent owners too )

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Old 01 November 2004, 19:09   #12
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In the random chop outside the Lymington River mouth in Force 6 we were finding that about 24 knots was the most we could average against the wind. That was basically getting us to bounce from peak to peak (I think). Trimmed right down helped. Certainly was fairly smooth. Going with the wind was more challenging. Just as we were going fine, suddenly we came off the wave, and there was a danger of ending up at what seemed like a downwards angle, so trimming up as much as I could while keeping engine from 'buzzing' seemed to help. But we got a bit wet. We went much faster though. This is called learning by experience! Joshua (15) quickly picked up the basics of what sort of wave patterns to slow down for!

Great fun, never uncomfortable, just quite scarey!

Forgot to check if Opti was run in yet - done 7+ hours so guess so. We had a blast down Southampton water at 40+ knots - took off pretty effectively on some ferry wash, but the landing felt secure and predictable (Joshua was driving and showing off to those on the ferry!). Basically I love the response of the Opti in the chop, find I am agressively moving from low throttle to nearly WOT and back as I learn to respond to the wave structures. Guess we all develop our own driving techniques though. My objective is to avoid any 'crashes' as we land!

Yes I adore her!

Wayne, your boat looks really sophisticated. What are the 'lights' in the front of the forward bench seat?

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Old 02 November 2004, 08:55   #13
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"What are the 'lights' in the front of the forward bench seat?"

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Old 02 November 2004, 11:42   #14
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You must have a quieter engine than my Opti!!!!
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Old 02 November 2004, 12:13   #15
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Lovely, looking boat. We quite often cruise to Lymington (although less frequently in the Winter !), we will keep a eye out and give you wave. Had an Optimax on our last RIB, great engine I miss the hooligan exhaust note !
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Old 03 November 2004, 04:29   #16
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Basically I love the response of the Opti in the chop, find I am agressively moving from low throttle to nearly WOT and back as I learn to respond to the wave structures. Guess we all develop our own driving techniques though. My objective is to avoid any 'crashes' as we land!

Yes I adore her!

Cheers

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Glad you got her on the water it certyainly gives you something to go to work for.

Have you got footstraps? also how big are your tanks

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