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Old 12 May 2013, 20:15   #1
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Old 13 May 2013, 14:13   #2
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Likey That's got to be the closest thing, on water, to riding my motorbike.
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Nice vid looks like your having fun
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That's very cool. A bit flighty on a windy day I bet.
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Be fun if you could get smaller versions for @10 hp for my lads, they look like great fun but a bit hairy !!!
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Glad you liked vid. Just a bit of fun.

Kill switches and life jackets compulsory (mainly for some padding for the ribs and kidney area) as the hull we run on racing pressures, 6psi in the tubes and 12psi in the hijackers.

Yes the boats are flighty but the orange boat (mine) was running on 3rd pin which lifts the nose a fair bit more, if the weather changes we can drop them back to 1st pin, although that makes a huge difference you can still find yourself having to tack up wind.

@ paddlers they do make a mini version which even with a 10hp would get along just fine.

Filmed on the northern beaches in Sydney and Central Coast. My partners daughter who was in the boat in some of the clips is a surf lifesaver.

It does take a bit of training to get the boats doing that kind of thing without flipping.

Boating is great no matter how fast or slow your going, best part about it is stopping and going for a swim
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what happen to the Engine if the Cat flipps?
Great Video - looks like Fun !
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Hey Luke,

what happen to the Engine if the Cat flipps?
Great Video - looks like Fun !
I have flipped one once about 12 years ago, it was a race day and I was marshal both on and off the beach for recovery, we were on our way back around the headland side on to some swell and tide unfortunately I took a newbie out in the front of the boat who lost his grip at the front which ended up throwing both of us out of the boat as it cart wheeled.

Getting the boat upright again is very simple we have roll over straps on the front of each nose you get them out stand on the underside of the boat at the motor end and lean backward, because the boats are very light in the front end they pivot quite freely and roll back over.

The motor was never the same, ended up having intermittent problems from that point on. I do not suggest ever flipping a boat, its a pain in the butt. Although its possible to have a flip over and get the motor running in most cases its not something I ever want to do again.

I don't race any more, I bought another boat 10 years later purely for social purposes.

Here is a cut and past from thundercat inflatable forums regarding getting an engine started again, as a guide line. Saved me typing it all out again

It is information worth knowing it pays to be prepared.

Tools (for Tohatsu recovery)
1. Spark Plug Wrench
2. Medium Flat head screw driver
3. 5 or 6 Medium Zip ties
4. Medium Phillips head screwdriver
5. Pliers with side cutters

Once your boat is back up the right way

1. Remove Spark Plugs - Don't drop these overboard if you are not on land!

2. Pull the lower crankcase rubber pipe off, it's the one that is at the very bottom of the power head under and behind the accelerator cable.

3. Undo each carbie fuel bowl screw with flathead screwdriver until fuel drips out

4. Squeeze your fuel primer and watch the fuel come out of each cabie. Stop once you do not see any off colour fuel coming out retighten the screws

6. Pull motor over until no water is coming out of the crankcase nozzle this could take dozens of pulls.

7. Attach crankcase hose back onto its nozzle.

8. Undo fuel line from fuel pump. Thats the line going to the fuel filter. on the carbie side

9. Take off the air box filter

10. Clean your spark plugs with fuel from the undone fuel line by gently squeezing the primer and washing plugs in fuel. Sit the plugs in the sun to dry off.

11. Squirt a small amount of fuel into each carbie throat.

12. Reconnect fuel line to fuel pump and prime the carbies ready for a start.

13. Replace the top 2 spark plugs finger tight (you might have to remove them again) and connect them to the coils. Leave the bottom spark plug out for now. (Thanks to Mark Pantarotto for that tip)

14. Attach kill switch.

15. Full choke, throttle on 25-50%

16. Try to start motor, if you hear it cough and splutter like it is about to start, back the choke right off and try again to start with 50% throttle.

17. If motor starts, give it a few revs - it will run very rough as water will be forced out of the bottom cylinder spark plug hole. Do not run the motor for more than 15 seconds! If the motor does not start, you will have to go back to step 1 and start again.

18. If the motor did start, put the third plug in and tighten all three with plug wrench, double check your carbie screws are done up, put carbie air box back on and check everything is back together.

If you cannot get the motor running after performing the above steps 2 or 3 times then you may have bigger problems than simply water in your motor.
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