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Old 30 December 2004, 08:47   #1
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Post your pics of 2004

Hi all,

Hope everyone had a great Christmas.

As we are now approaching the time when we usually reflect on the year that is coming to an end, here are a few memories of 2004.

Please post your pics (sorry JK!) but lets give the server a bit of a hammering

Pic1. In February Martin wrote a very large cheque for the first MK11 8.1m Scorpion. His kids decided to call her Scooby Doo. In May we took her from Poole to France.

Pic 2. Sun set on the overnight stop in Aldeny.

Pic 3. Packing up at St Vaast. This is a great place & well worth a trip.

Pic 4. This is Rob (Capt Musto) on lookout.


Part 2 to follow....

Ian.
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Old 30 December 2004, 09:08   #2
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Pic 1. Round the Island Race in June. This is the now departed Spirit along side the Lively Lady.

Pic 2. In July we went to the Class 1 racing in Plymouth. Boy do these guys know how to spend money!

Pic 3. Late July & the children get some training for their planned rib takeover in the very near future.

Pic 4. Sad day. Engine failure meant a trip home by road. This was a long day: Went to Hampshire to collect a trailer, then to Salcombe, then to Lymington, then back home to Wiltshire. By the way I can report that this Scorpion can do over 70mph. Unfortunately it was down hill & behind a Disco at the time. If any Police officers are reading this, I made up the last bit.


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Old 30 December 2004, 09:11   #3
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And finally..

In December the new Engine was fitted.

Pic 1. Prop testing.

Pic 2. Heading back to the boat yard through the Needles under 2 stroke power.


Now lets see yours!

Regards.


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Old 30 December 2004, 09:38   #4
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Ian,
Super photos-even superer boat.
Can you tell us something about the engine problem/swap please?
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Old 30 December 2004, 10:06   #5
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Super photos-even superer boat.
Can you tell us something about the engine problem/swap please?
Hi Brian,

Basically if the old engine was turned off and left in the down position for even a short period of time, it would then suck water water into the chambers and flood the plugs when we tried to restart. It was a short shaft motor, which may have contributed to the problem, but it was fitted to the transom at the correct height according to the Honda specs.

Graham Jelly (top bloke) tried a few mods to the engine positioning, but then sorted out a replacement engine for Martin as soon as he realised that there was no altenative.

The new Etec has really surprised us with its performance. It does not use any more fuel than the four stroke. This may be something to do with the fact that it is 55kgs lighter, but I think that 2 stroke technology has come a long way in the last couple of years.

Incidentally, talking about the weight of engines, between February and August, 2 Honda engine mounting brackets cracked. We do tend to go out in rough weather, but it makes you think...

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Old 30 December 2004, 13:29   #6
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Nice photos Ian. When we find the camera we'll add some


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Old 30 December 2004, 14:56   #7
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out of the hundreds of pics i now have i will pick only five

me being very new to ribing in 2004 my first ride in lord davies searider in jan
then my first rib in may 2004 and then the replacement in october its been a packed SUB 5M year with my old 40 hp covering 55 hours in just 5 months

i have picked the cream of the crop

i think they show the fun i have had the very nice people ive met over the
year on our trips

and look forward to a very good 2005

i will end with a quote for Richard B which sums it up very well


Crikey, it only seems like yesterday that you bought the Valiant.

It's like the end of an era - the little RIB with the big presence.

We've followed the adventires of the sub-fivers and enjoyed every minute with you - even though we're not eligible to join .


i can only say watch this space for the 2005 adventures
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Old 30 December 2004, 15:08   #8
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Nice photos Daniel.

That was a good day out.

(Great to see an 'Explosion' next to Zeb in Yarmouth )

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Old 31 December 2004, 01:05   #9
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Long Year

Having to ship our new boat from Southampton to California was the start of what seemed an endless wait.
The ro/ro ferry eluded 3 hurricanes to dock safely at Port Huneume with our cargo safely wrapped.
1) On the shipping cradle looking like an Ark
2) Unwrapped and ready to inflate
3)Getting it's safety check by the Coastguard Aux.
4)Good to go and christened with 2 cans of lemonade over the bow.
5) wife at the helm and cruising the bay.All the effort worthwhile
Thanks to all the RIBNET members who offered advice/guidance and knowledge to a first time RIB owner;Much appreciated and Happy New Year,
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great pic of explosion nestled in the middle
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