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Old 14 September 2018, 01:32   #51
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Not yet on the water, been v busy. However, we're ready to go, all is ship-shape! Tides are a bit anti-social at the mo so it'll likely be next week for the launch.

The trailer has had a makeover, hubs, brakes, tyres, wheels and lighting, plus adjustment of the axles to get correct balance and reduce the turning radius and adjustment of the cross-beams and rollers to get the boat as low as possible to aid launch and recovery.

Though new bearings had been fitted by the seller, as usual there had been water ingress to the hubs and bearings in its previous life. The design of these parts is simply unsuitable for boat trailer use, largely because plain, unprotected steel is used. There is two critical areas for excluding water, one is the rubbing surface of the rear grease seal and the other is the hub cap with the air bleed hole in it. The hub caps are fairly easily dealt with by replacing them with bearing savers but the grease seal area is normally left to deteriorate, albeit with a bit of grease for protection. The need to constantly check this area bugs me, there's no way to inspect its condition without dismantling and then it's a rust removal exercise to regenerate a satisfactory surface for the seal to rub against. As time goes by it becomes increasingly difficult and this is the situation on this trailer.

A grease seal needs a near perfect surface to work against if it is to do its job well and a steel axle subjected to water is never going to be satisfactory. So, OCD boy set about a solution. The pictures pretty much tell the story. Bronze rings sealed on and replacement double lip seals of a matching diameter. Enjoy...


I like that. Itís something Iíve thought about over the years, but never got around to doing. Nice work
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Old 14 September 2018, 03:27   #52
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Looking good
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Old 28 October 2018, 19:36   #53
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Been away around Europe on motorbikes for a month but... Finally! On the basis that if there's no pic it didn't happen, here's a pic or two.
Boat ran well. Mid forties for max speed and completely stable, lands nicely on the rear section of the hull. Though I was reminded why I put suspension sheets into the Humber! The modified props held the water well so that was pleasing.
Almost no splash water aboard and the ride was good so those concerns from earlier turned to nought.

Looks kinda dull on the water, in keeping with the police stealth look I guess but I'm used to orange and yellow and red!
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Old 29 October 2018, 08:30   #54
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i reckon it looks top notch JW good job
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Old 29 October 2018, 08:48   #55
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i reckon it looks top notch JW good job
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Look a bit incongruous in Orange if you ask me...I'm sure it'll grow on you
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Old 05 November 2018, 18:00   #56
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I thought that boat looked well when I seen it advertised...looks even better now, well done! I will send you my delta dash for a make over
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Old 05 November 2018, 18:28   #57
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Thanks for the comments. We were out today but it turned into an adventure, got a rope spun around both props. Fortunately we were only pootling along on tickover. Managed to cut one engine free but the other was just a crushed mass and too tight. Anyway, we were only a few miles from a harbour town so got in there on one engine and went off and bought a hacksaw, sat out back on one engine while sawing through the rope on the other one. The saw cut through the mass in a oner, there were seven turns. Gave it a good looking at and all was well bar some paint bruise. Cruised home a 35knots nice and smoothly with the orange sun breaking through the evening hazy mist. The Yam 2 strokes are nice engines, I'm impressed by them. And pleased we had two of them!
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did you have a good look around inchkeith this is the best time of year to visit as the greenery has all died back and the seabirds have fled the nest so you don't get pooped on
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Old 06 November 2018, 15:22   #59
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did you have a good look around inchkeith this is the best time of year to visit as the greenery has all died back and the seabirds have fled the nest so you don't get pooped on
Nah, I've been there many times in the past so just dropped in for a wee look to see the seals and their pups and have a cuppa tea break.

Looking up the hill it looked as though the thieving gits have been in!
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did you have a good look around inchkeith this is the best time of year to visit as the greenery has all died back and the seabirds have fled the nest so you don't get pooped on
Slight correction here, there is no good time to visit the forth....as you were.
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