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Old 04 June 2016, 15:33   #31
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Great write up Willk, kudos to you for the trip. We've just got back home after a 12 hr drive from Uig, give me 12 hours on the boat anyday👍 The weather was a tad breezy as we left, but wall to wall sunshine. Shame our paths didn't quite cross as planned, but up in those latitudes you have to take your chances when they present. You work for, and earn every mile


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Old 04 June 2016, 15:45   #32
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Shame our paths didn't quite cross as planned, but up in those latitudes you have to take your chances when they present.
Yeah - that was our take on it too. We knew that you were imminent but you go when you can - delighted that you made it and extra kudos due for the reduced LOA - makes a big difference on a long passage!
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Hi Willk,

What engine(s) did you install? Now that you have put the boat through what most folk would be happy to do in a season is there anything you intend to change or wish you had done differently from the outset?


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Old 05 June 2016, 11:50   #34
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What engine(s) did you install? Now that you have put the boat through what most folk would be happy to do in a season is there anything you intend to change or wish you had done differently from the outset?
Interesting question about the changes. I've asked myself that many times. I want to add a couple of minor bits of lekkie - but they were omitted from the original build for budgetary reasons. TBH I haven't really come up with anything that would have worked for me better - but then I did try out rather a lot of loaner RIBs before buying

The "cabin" turned out to be much better than I had expected - it's actually very useable for overnighting. It's also legend at swallowing huge amounts of kit. The steeply pitched windscreen worked very well too - it throws the wind stream up and over my head and keeps the noise down. If I had one gripe it would be that I should have created a few storage pockets for personal kit - but I'm sure they'd just be full of tat and litter. I can still add them if I want.

The powerplant is a single 370hp Yanmar 8LV - an eight cylinder 4.5L block with twin turbos driving a 28" pitch seven blade Bravo III propset.
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Old 05 June 2016, 11:58   #35
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......I should have created a few storage pockets for personal kit - but I'm sure they'd just be full of tat and litter. I can still add them......

I had this made for the self same reason, just somewhere to stuff a camera, hat, gloves sunglasses etc. The guy will make you anything you want. His cargo nets are also spot onClick image for larger version

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So the only change you would make is to add some storage pockets. I can only assume you already have plenty of cup holders then! That is a pretty good sign you got it right first time if that is all you can think of.

I have heard good things about your engine choice as well. Nice performance and economy. If I was in the market for a similar boat I would be torn between your choice and the Cummins/Konrad combo. Mind you , I have no idea about the prices involved but suspect yours may be the most fiscally sensible as it were.

I am looking forward to hearing about your next adventure.

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Have a look at mud stuff elasticacted cargo pockets.
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......driving a 28" pitch seven blade Bravo III propset.
Can you explain the above a bit please willk?
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I managed to take a little footage with my phone - the dolphins certainly were keen to party!
beautiful cracking video & a very nice boat
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Can you explain the above a bit please willk?
I'm guessing the pitch bit is clear? The latest 28" pitch Mercruiser Bravo IIIs are a four and three blade set. Looks odd on the ground but not so obvious on the boat. Causes some amusement on the slip occasionally.


Dave & Jeff - thanks for the leads on the nets - I was looking for one to create a "chart table" so might go a couple extra - they would have been useful on the trip. That said, if you're dressed for a day cruising you probably have enough pockets but it's nice to be able to have something to hand
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