Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 
Old 11 February 2007, 16:42   #1
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Southampton
Boat name: Jaws
Make: Gemini 4.2
Length: 4m +
Engine: Tohatsu 50hp
MMSI: none
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 277
Send a message via MSN to Gray
Our new toy.... a Zapcat

BenC and I have splashed out and bought a Zapcat. Some may recognise as it used to be raced on the circuit and was called Jaws.

Other than the when we trialled it we've taken it out twice in the Solent, yesterday Ben brought Intrepid along as well which gaves us the chance to get some video and photos.

It has got to be the most fun I have ever had on a boat! Unfortuantely both times we've taken it out its been flat calm despite the forecast being F5 for yesterday.

Video: http://www.gburgess.co.uk/gallery/ma...avId=xe540a7ee

and all the photos can be seen here: http://www.gburgess.co.uk/gallery/ma...avId=xe540a7ee
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0536__Large_.JPG
Views:	220
Size:	15.4 KB
ID:	24883   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0544__Large_.JPG
Views:	265
Size:	21.3 KB
ID:	24884   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0557__Large_.JPG
Views:	181
Size:	19.8 KB
ID:	24885   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0558__Large_.JPG
Views:	209
Size:	19.9 KB
ID:	24886   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0599__Large_.JPG
Views:	194
Size:	23.4 KB
ID:	24887  

__________________

__________________
Gray is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11 February 2007, 16:43   #2
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Southampton
Boat name: Jaws
Make: Gemini 4.2
Length: 4m +
Engine: Tohatsu 50hp
MMSI: none
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 277
Send a message via MSN to Gray
Some more...
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0611__Large_.JPG
Views:	180
Size:	21.8 KB
ID:	24888   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0614__Large_.JPG
Views:	183
Size:	19.9 KB
ID:	24889   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0621__Large_.JPG
Views:	256
Size:	28.4 KB
ID:	24890   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0625__Large_.JPG
Views:	205
Size:	27.8 KB
ID:	24891   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0645__Large_.JPG
Views:	173
Size:	21.4 KB
ID:	24892  

__________________

__________________
Gray is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11 February 2007, 16:57   #3
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Southampton
Boat name: Jaws
Make: Gemini 4.2
Length: 4m +
Engine: Tohatsu 50hp
MMSI: none
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 277
Send a message via MSN to Gray
We've also made some alterations to the trailer. It came as a standard Zapcat trailer but we've altered it so its combi trailer with a launch trolley. This took about 2 days and 3 nights to complete and cost less than 100 compared to 800 for a new one. It works quite well and it save the bearings on the road trailer.

The trailer came with the bunks indiviually bolted to the frame of the trailer. We simply welded in some cross sections and unbolted the bunks, they were then one unit. An axle was added at the back of this with some bearingless wheels and a handle at the front. The launching trolley was then hammerited black to protect if from the salt water.

To lock the launching trolley to the trailer we used steel rod that goes through some angle plate and the launching trolley with R clips at either end. The boat is also ratchet strapped down and the whole thing is surprisingly secure.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCF3928.JPG
Views:	264
Size:	49.3 KB
ID:	24894   Click image for larger version

Name:	roller.jpg
Views:	202
Size:	31.0 KB
ID:	24895   Click image for larger version

Name:	trolley.jpg
Views:	367
Size:	38.3 KB
ID:	24896   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0490__Large_.JPG
Views:	258
Size:	46.7 KB
ID:	24897  
Attached Images
 
__________________
Gray is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11 February 2007, 17:32   #4
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Essex/Vendee
Boat name: shockwave,Voluntry 2
Make: Pac 22/ searider5.4
Length: 6m +
Engine: 180hp turbo,yam 90
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 1,015
Hi Gary,it looks great .I had a go in the thundercats boats at the London boat show and your right their great fun.Are you going to race it .
__________________
PeterR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11 February 2007, 18:34   #5
Member
 
Hightower's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Fareham
Length: 6m +
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 7,855
Looks like you had excellent fun. I like what it says underneath .

So what's the fastest she'll do with two up?
__________________
Andy

Looks Slow but is Fast
Member of the ebay Blue RIB cover club.
Hightower is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12 February 2007, 04:49   #6
Member
 
benc's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Southampton
Boat name: Intrepid
Make: Tornado
Length: 7m +
Engine: Twin 150 Yamaha HPDI
MMSI: 235066402
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 1,319
Send a message via Skype™ to benc
Yeah, we definately had a lot of fun! Will be going out again soon

I was in intrepid, and clocked the speed at about 35kts with two up and with the wind this weekend, but its not easy to measure from another boat, because they both move through the water differently.

When we go out again, we are going to take a handheld gps to get a more accurate reading
__________________
benc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12 February 2007, 14:03   #7
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Southampton
Boat name: n/a
Make: n/a
Length: no boat
Engine: n/a
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 30
wow

well i was the lucky third person in this trip and a few things. 1st big thanks to gray and ben for asking me to be that third person, second i have never had so much fun on a powercraft and thirdly I WANT ONE. What a great day and a big thanks to u 2 guys really appreciated
__________________
ben5883 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12 February 2007, 14:10   #8
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Southampton
Boat name: Jaws
Make: Gemini 4.2
Length: 4m +
Engine: Tohatsu 50hp
MMSI: none
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 277
Send a message via MSN to Gray
Ben, no worries, thanks for coming along!

Ben has also taken some pictures which can be seen here:

http://www.gburgess.co.uk/gallery/ma...avId=xe540a7ee
__________________
Gray is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12 February 2007, 15:32   #9
Member
 
Country: UK - Wales
Town: swansea
Boat name: Too Blue
Make: BLANK
Length: 8m +
Engine: Suzuki DT225
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 12,791
Zapcats are great - any chance of chucking the video on Youtube or Google videos - can't see it on that site!!!
__________________
codprawn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12 February 2007, 15:35   #10
Member
 
benc's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Southampton
Boat name: Intrepid
Make: Tornado
Length: 7m +
Engine: Twin 150 Yamaha HPDI
MMSI: 235066402
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 1,319
Send a message via Skype™ to benc
codders, try http://www.dogscogs.com/movies/zapcat%20feb10.wmv
__________________

__________________
benc is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:47.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.