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Old 01 November 2003, 16:01   #71
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It then took a good few hours to pack all the required (safety) kit into the boat and a few other finishing touches. So far a rough list looks like:

Anchor, chain, warp
Mooring lines
Tow line
Fenders
Flares
Laminated chart
Radar reflector
Survival bag
First aid kit
Spare life jackets
Geko helmets
h/h VHF
h/h GPS
'kit' of items from old boat

Here is Mr Tapp fitting the essential RIBnet burgee.
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Old 01 November 2003, 16:05   #72
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Then by about 1:30pm we were ready to go, including MMSI in radio, charts loaded into plotter, switches labeled and carrect fuses in fusebox!

There was also, of course, some all important gaffa tape and cable-ties involved.
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Old 01 November 2003, 16:13   #73
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Here we go, ramsgate slipway.
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Old 01 November 2003, 16:14   #74
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Old 01 November 2003, 16:16   #75
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Moored up next to 'Childs Play' my friends RIB and our escort for a few hours.
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We then got about an hour under our belt before stopping for Lunch in Broadstairs where we picked up Mike's wife and sister for a spin.

We had to maintain 3000 - 4500 RPM, with the engine trimmed in and varying throttle every 2 minutes. We could manage about 35knts doing this.
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Old 01 November 2003, 16:20   #77
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We then dropped out visitors off and left Childs Play to head home while we continued to Herne Bay. Once well into the 2nd hour we were alowed to play with engine trim and i clocked 38knts @ 4500.

We headed back to Ramsgate in the dark having clocked 32nm, in 2.2 hrs and used 36li of fuel. These figures are from memory.

This morning i managed another few hours of boating and the engine has now done a total of 5 hours. Run-in was complete at 4 hours and top speed so far was 42knts @ 5000 RPM. It was too rough to trim out anymore. I might be over proped because i think readline will be hardwork to acheive but time will tell!

Summary figures from the instruments are:

Trip: 65.7nm
Hours: 4.9
Fuel Used: 72.1li = 55.50 @76.9p
Oil Used: 3.2li
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Great to see "Top Banana" (and I like that name!) out on the water.

And what an excellent taste in steering wheels you have
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Just looked at your figures - fuel stuff looks good - but you're burning tcw (or expensive Optimax oil ?!?) at 20.5:1 which looks a bit mean. I was surprised after out Alderney trip to find that Blue Ice burns at a ratio of about 33:1 which surprised me - I thought that 50:1 or leaner would be achievable.

I wonder what other digital fuel injection 2-stroke users are achieving?
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