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Old 30 March 2006, 10:15   #231
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I tend to turn my hand to everything and anything so not much phases me......except bricklaying and plastering where a fair bit of practice is needed to get the knack and a reasonable speed, i can do bricklaying and plastering but i tend to take too long so is easier to get someone else to do it. I guess you need to know your own limits!!
Would totally agree with this....I can Plumb a new central heating system, rewire a house, and build a PC from scratch..BUT ask me to Plaster the ceiling I've just reboarded and I'd run a mile

Brickies and Plasterers a worth their weight in Gold
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Old 31 March 2006, 11:46   #232
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too true on the plasterers, did some myself just recently and not a good job!!but a small enough area that it did not matter much

on the boat front the pdi is booked so hoping to be on the water for easter weekend.

in the middle of purchasing a couple of motorbikes so my attention has been diverted somewhat the last week, upto 5 from tomorrow! and possibly 6 next week! one of them is for my 5 yr old son mind you.
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Where has Hugh's boat gone? Some of us were anxiously awaiting the christening...
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Old 15 April 2006, 16:34   #234
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had the pdi done this week. put the boat in today for the first time. spent the whole day out there despite the weather. it handles superb and i love optis.

the boat flys along and rides the rough stuff with ease.

i think the top end speed will be good as had 47.2 today while running in!

so everything is working out just great. thanks to NB today...

did i beat codders onto the water?
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had the pdi done this week. put the boat in today for the first time. spent the whole day out there despite the weather. it handles superb and i love optis.

the boat flys along and rides the rough stuff with ease.

i think the top end speed will be good as had 47.2 today while running in!

so everything is working out just great. thanks to NB today...

did i beat codders onto the water?
Well you beat ME but not my boat so maybe an honourable draw???

Have been waiting for some extra instruments to be fitted - now all done and final sea trials were done today.

I asked Bob the suzuki main dealer on Guernsey to do the pdi etc - he is a great chap and REALLY helpfull - he also made sure there was extra oil in the mix and the engine wasn't thrashed when cold etc.

They took the boat out today - apparently it was quite lumpy - 6' waves in most places. Engine is as sweet as they come - top speed is only 41kts at the moment but the prop is a 19" pitch 4 blade - apparently the acceleration is scary though.

They only used the jack upto about 1/2 height because of the waves. Despite the chop Bob tells me the boat was very well planted and was almost bone dry. Not bad at that speed in those conditions.

Fuel consumption was 25 US gallons and hour which is 21 real gallons or 95lph!!!!!! Mind you that is at 5600rpm. Hopefully with a 21" or even a 23" prop it will be a lot better.

Really can't wait to get out there now after speaking to them today!!!
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Old 17 April 2006, 18:10   #236
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well we did 100 miles this weekend and around 10 hours running time, did 25 gals of fuel which was not bad at all considering we did a lot of low speed water pushing in and out of chichester. well pleased with the economy of the opti so when we are doing more planing cruising we hope to get better figures.

Radio and fishfinder/chartplotter worked a treat. only gremlin was the oil was not bled properly during the pdi so the engine tank was not filling. so a quick session with engine running and cap loose soon sorted all that out.

windscreen and grabrail to fit is the next job....then all done

kids had a great time, ethan just loved it today in the rough stuff, but had to take care so didnt venture far. Has anyone else come up with a good way of securing a 6 yearold in the boat to a jockey seat. "The best day of my life" he said today when we were charging about......arrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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His face says it all.......

Don't 2 strokes look small compared to 4 strokes? And they weigh less as well.
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the opti is much bigger than the etec, and it is just as big as a comparable 4 stroke i believe, i quite like the cowling being big, fills the back end a bit as Dave M would say



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Don't 2 strokes look small compared to 4 strokes? And they weigh less as well.
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. Has anyone else come up with a good way of securing a 6 yearold in the boat to a jockey seat.
A ratchet strap and Sikaflex usually keeps 'em in place. Boat looking good Chris. So how did your 'maiden' go Codders?
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I use a climbing carabina and and a piece of rope tied to the back of my seat.

It doesn't keep them actually on the jockey seat - but it does stop them falling out the boat.

Only danger is if I ever flipped the boat it would put them at risk.

But you have to weigh up the odds of a kid falling over board whilst messing around or being thrown out during a high speed turn etc. against actually flipping the thing over.

I have the rope long enough so that they can move around and sit pretty much anywhere - but just short enough so that they cant go over the side.
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