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Old 09 October 2004, 11:09   #11
Country: Ireland
Town: Carigaline/Baltimore
Boat name: XS-600
Make: XS-Ribs
Length: 6m +
Engine: Merc Optimax 150 XL
Join Date: Feb 2004
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Agree with Rogue on the throttle friction. The Opti is very capable of scaring the sh*t out of you (even more so when somebody has brushed the throttle to WOT by accident )

Looks good Bruce, Don't scare yourself too much

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Old 09 October 2004, 13:22   #12
Country: UK - England
Town: Aylesbury/Lymington
Boat name: Farfetched
Make: Solent
Length: 6m +
Engine: 150hp Optimax
MMSI: 235021048
Join Date: Apr 2004
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Throttle Friction

Thanks, gentlemen for this. Unfortunately, I do not know what you are talking about? I know the concept from my 6hp, but have no idea how to adjust this on the left hand throttle. Without the boat it is hard to visualise where the throttle friction is adjusted. I know (I think I know) that you can push the big circular button opposite the lever to enable you to rev the engine and stay in neutral - although do not know why one might need to do this?

I have rather a large number of manuals to wade through, and no time to do it!

Yes, I scared myself (especially doing an avoidance of a lobster pot at 30 odd knots without trimming down)!

Haven't got footstraps. So far have been bracing myself on throttle and wheel and feel quite secure. Is that false confidence and inexperience speaking??

Instuments, Brian. The big beast is the Lowrance 10.4" 7000C plotter. Little beast is the 330C which is a combo fishfinder / plotter. Logic is that navogator has super clear GPS map in front of him. Helm has uncluttered view of sea ahead, but by a turn to the left has compass visible and on little beast has in largest possible sized letters Speed over Ground, Course over Ground Ground and Depth - or anything else we want to see - without compromising the big map on the 7000C. The 7000C is not easy to see from the helm, but the little beast, being console mounted and very bright, can display a chart view if required.

Navman 7100 radio with external speaker beside the little beast. Mounted low so cable doies not obscure plotter. Twin Smartcraft Opti dials. 12V socket. Electrics switches (I have twin bilges hence the extra set of switches. Ignition, kill cord, a centre space for writnig on in chinagraph as needed.

Plastimo 110 Compass. Radio licence on port side of console out of the way.

Think that is it; please feel free to ask questions....

Cheers & thanks


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Old 09 October 2004, 15:14   #13
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Town: Bracknell
Boat name: Boatless and lost
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Looks great Bruce.

Hope to meet up with you in the Solent some time.


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Old 09 October 2004, 17:56   #14
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Town: Devon
Boat name: White Ice
Make: Ranieri
Length: 5m +
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throttle friction

Bruce, because you've got a quality throttle lever located in a position where it's more controllable, you shouldn't need to worry about this.
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Old 09 October 2004, 18:24   #15
Country: UK - England
Town: Ipswich
Boat name: Obsession
Length: 6m +
Engine: SUZUKI 70
MMSI: 235024496
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Hope you have loads of fun,took mine out for the second today,getting use to her they are great Ribs,and you feel very safe in them. Enjoy
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Old 11 October 2004, 04:02   #16
Country: UK - England
Town: Brittany/Portsmouth
Boat name: Merlin
Make: Solent 6.5
Length: 6m +
Engine: 200
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Originally Posted by brucehawsker
Yes, I scared myself (especially doing an avoidance of a lobster pot at 30 odd knots....)!


Thanks for all the detailed reviews of Solent RIBS Bruce.
We are studying them very carefully


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