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Old 25 September 2004, 20:38   #1
Country: USA
Town: San Diego.California
Boat name: Bayshots
Make: XS-550
Length: 5m +
Engine: Suzuki DF90
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 851
The good and the Bad!!

Had a great start on launching my new XS-550 for the first time.
We arrived at Mission Bay San Diego on a hot sunny day with perfect conditions. We were told to keep the engine under 3000RPM for the majority of the time, so had a gentle cruise around just to break her in.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the boat and my wife even took the helm for the first time ever!
So after a great day we headed for home and that's when the trouble started.
On arriving home , we found the Nissan Xterra wouldn't reverse the boat back into the drive (we live on an extremely steep hill) So I opted to drive into the garage with the intention of unhooking the trailer and spinning it around to park alongside the house like we used to do with our SIB .(Bad choice!!!) The extra length and weight of this boat caused the trailer to start to roll and was heading off down the hill. The only course of action I had was to swing the tongue around and turn it into the bank to stop it.
It stopped it alright; ripping of the skeg completely in the process!!
The only consalation I had was if not for this it would have ended up down the hill and into the neighbours house!
Luckily no one was injured apart from my pride (and the gouge marks in my Bum where I slid trying to stop it. )
So a mixture of emotions today and I'm sure more to come on Monday when I revisit the Suzuki dealers!!!
For now heres some photos of the "good "part of the day.
I will post the bad part later when I can handle the embarrasement better,
cheers Dal
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Old 26 September 2004, 05:01   #2
Country: Ireland
Town: Dublin
Boat name: WIZARD
Make: REDBAY 7.4
Length: 7m +
Engine: OPTI 225
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 417
It looks great , congradulations............

You are very lucky.... that trailer could of easly got away on you not the hill and you may not have been able to stop it..... That dosent bear thinking about

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Old 26 September 2004, 07:10   #3
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Country: UK - England
Town: Salisbury/Poole
Boat name: Blue C
Make: XS 600
Length: 6m +
Engine: 125hp Opti
MMSI: 235082826/235909566
Join Date: Jan 2004
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The boat looks great, I guess your really pleased with her Hope ours turns out as nice. V sorry to hear of your problems, glad to hear the only real damage was to you and your pride. Annoying but at least the engine is reperable and no one was hurt, less your rear

Brian C
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Old 26 September 2004, 09:49   #4
Country: UK - England
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Hey Dal

The boat looks good and you can put the other thing down to experience!

I'd be careful about mooring the boat up using the grab handles as one day they may well tip off.

Cheers Mark
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Old 26 September 2004, 10:35   #5
Country: USA
Town: San Diego.California
Boat name: Bayshots
Make: XS-550
Length: 5m +
Engine: Suzuki DF90
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Posts: 851

Thanks for the kind words and concern.
I was "irrate" (understatement) about the skeg ,but as you say; if it took a turn down the hill, next stop was 200ft away into a neighbours house.
Probably would have totalled the boat !!! So looking at it today as a near miss and feeling lucky.
Thought you might like to see our house(on left of hill) and what I have to cope with.
Thanks again
cheers Dal
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Old 26 September 2004, 14:02   #6
Country: UK - England
Town: romsey
Boat name: marlin monroe
Make: ribcraft
Length: 4m +
Engine: honda 50
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 98
hi "Dal"!!

Hi there me old matey!

From "the guys" in Romsey....I know we don't normally communicate in this public way but I had to say the house photo doesn't do the steep slope justice....think of the steepest road in San Francisco, multiply it by 3 and add the north face of Everest! It's like one of those roads you see on the cartoons....!! You can't believe that angle is physically possible! On visiting the "Limeydals" a month ago (friends from WAY back!!) in San Diego we got the jitters parking the car on that road...the thought of a trailer and rib...well! We missed the arrival of the new rib in California by a couple of weeks...grrrrr!! It looks great though.... and the family photos too! Must dash..oldest son went off to University today so I have some blubbering to do! So spent the day in Reading as opposed to the Solent!

Ju (and Mikey)

PS hello to Zebedee's owner...we the Ocean Village Sports boat and rib show in May....about wearing pink. think we may have mentioned ribs in passing!
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Old 26 September 2004, 14:20   #7
Country: UK - England
Town: london
Boat name: Frances May
Make: vailant DR450
Length: 4m +
Engine: mercury 50 hp
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the rib looks realy nice and at least you get the the wife out with you
my wife won,t go near my one its all ways raining at weekends she a fair
weather sailor

sorry to hear you had some problem it happens to us all

when i got my rib i rolled it back into the garage put the power trim down
and left it next time i went to use it pulled it out by hand scraping the skeg
along the lengh of the garage wont do it again

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Old 26 September 2004, 14:26   #8
Country: Ireland
Town: Carigaline/Baltimore
Boat name: XS-600
Make: XS-Ribs
Length: 6m +
Engine: Merc Optimax 150 XL
Join Date: Feb 2004
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She looks even nicer in the water. You've got to look on the bright side when it comes to boating though, at least you've got the dreaded "first scrape" out of the way. Could have been a lot worse. Get her fixed and get back out there!! Good Luck
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Old 26 September 2004, 14:28   #9
Country: UK - England
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Make: bombard sib
Length: 3m +
Engine: petrol 15/3.5
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We live on a steep hill although perhaps not so steep as yours,I have a jeep cherokee 2.5 and reverse(in normal 2 wheel drive) down the hill and across into the drive which is also sloping up,took a bit of practice but works OK.
Occasionally I have to pull out when in the drive to straighten up.
I have quite a curb to reverse over and have to retract the extention bars for the light board so that it doesnt ground.
I have thought about one of these power launch devices but unsure how they will last with occasional dips in salt water.
I have also thought about a front towbar but so far havent bothered,my Rib is small enough to maneuvre reasonable easily in the space available,this however will not be the case when I upgrade!
Hope this helps.
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Old 27 September 2004, 18:51   #10
Country: UK - Channel Islands
Town: St Peter Port
Boat name: Black Pig
Make: XS-Ribs
Length: 9m +
Engine: 2 x 225hp Optimax
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 375
Hello! and I know the feeling!!


The boat looks good and I hope my new XS looks as good!!

Believe me I've done worse.....On a crisp very early morning on the way to launch my last rib I didn't tie the straps down enough and didn't pay attention to the on-coming speed bump as I should have done. The rib slipped off the trailor and I ended up with a 5.5m rib stuck in the middle of a roundabout!!!

Luckily there wasn't much traffic around at the time and a Policeman friend of mine (once he'd stopped laughing) helped me get the rib back onto the trailer.

I leave my pride at home these days as everytime I take it out with me it always does something to upset me!!

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