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Old 30 October 2008, 20:56   #11
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Renfrew Ferry could be a problem depending on how late we are coming back down the river as they lock the gates now when its not running. Probably to try stop the bampots driving into the river.
I will have another look when I get home(8th Nov) to make sure as I live in Renfrew.

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Old 31 October 2008, 09:59   #12
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Thumper,

If it's just capacity you are worried about, I (subject to fuel economy test with the new lump ) have a spare 22l tank you could borrow, it's got a Merc "twistlock" connector, but I have a Merc - Yam (with primer) jumper hose you could use if you have a Yam based lump. Also have a Suz tank (33l) which will need an adaptor for the end of the fixed hose.

As for launching, Kip / Largs seem good on paper, apart form all the usual security nonsense, you also are guaranteed a sheltered, lit slip to recover on, and facilities for those whose crew may not want to use the shrubbery! I did wonder about Helensburgh, but I do wonder - that pier late on a Saturday night?

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You may have guessed form this that the refit appears to be going vaguely to plan. Will confirm once I've got the electrics all working & the new morse cables arrive. (my first moan about mercs - their unique cable anchoring system!) Cables that came with it are an annoying length - too long to go direct, too short to have a coil up to the engine.....
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Old 31 October 2008, 14:12   #13
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how late we are coming back down the river
I certainly don't intend to be upriver late at night. I reckon we would be leaving for home by around 4:30 and back recovering by 6pm at the latest. Personally I have 2.5 hrs towing to get home so will not be home before about 9pm.
Its dark by around 4pm just now and probably about 3pm by then so we don't have to hang about till late to see the lights, unless you particularly want to.........
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Old 31 October 2008, 14:27   #14
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Renfrew Ferry could be a problem depending on how late we are coming back down the river as they lock the gates now when its not running.
ferry runs to 21:30 Mon-Sat and 18:30 on sun according to SPT website so possibly OK? Whilst it sounds like fun I don't think my wee boat and me are up to a trip all the way from largs or helensburgh and back in the dark, cold at this time of year, especially as my first night run, and probably on my tod on board... if I could garuntee the weather... but this is winter! As bruce has chosen really low tide to try and avoid debris it does mean that Port Glasgow is out for recovery.
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Thumper,

If it's just capacity you are worried about, I (subject to fuel economy test with the new lump ) have a spare 22l tank you could borrow, it's got a Merc "twistlock" connector, but I have a Merc - Yam (with primer) jumper hose you could use if you have a Yam based lump. Also have a Suz tank (33l) which will need an adaptor for the end of the fixed hose.
Cheers, chum! May take you up on that offer but other option would be to load up with plastic 5l cans of pre-mixed fuel in the bow, although that has the added hassle on ensuring mess-free refueling before leaving the city centre (Never cease to be amazed by the kindness of fellow RIBers, esp as a "newbie" ) By the way, my 30hp manual is a 2stroke Mariner if that helps in terms of connection?
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Old 31 October 2008, 21:07   #16
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Whilst it sounds like fun I don't think my wee boat and me are up to a trip all the way from largs or helensburgh and back in the dark, cold at this time of year, especially as my first night run, and probably on my tod on board..
Due to boat size and this being my first night run, suspect a Renfrew launch would better suit myself as you say, Pol'. Again, am likely to have the elder kidlet on board too (hardy but still a potentially whiny 10yr old tomboy)
But am feeling more confident (or less scared ) now I am installing new lights as well as having just got myself a handheld VHF (suspect not a great range but much better to have just in case!).
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Old 01 November 2008, 18:04   #17
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Thumper,

The tank has one of these:
http://marinestore.co.uk/Merchant2/m...rs-lines-US-UK

and I have an adaptor hose for one of these on the engine (well, the Yam version of it!):
http://marinestore.co.uk/Merchant2/m...rs-lines-US-UK

Problem is that Mariner used both Merc and Yam back then, so (I think) either are possible. Funnily enough the reason I have 3t tanks (had them when I had the Suz 30) was to stop guddlling around mixing fuel whilst afloat......
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Old 02 November 2008, 18:10   #18
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Thumper,

The tank has one of these:
http://marinestore.co.uk/Merchant2/m...rs-lines-US-UK

and I have an adaptor hose for one of these on the engine (well, the Yam version of it!):
http://marinestore.co.uk/Merchant2/m...rs-lines-US-UK

Problem is that Mariner used both Merc and Yam back then, so (I think) either are possible. Funnily enough the reason I have 3t tanks (had them when I had the Suz 30) was to stop guddlling around mixing fuel whilst afloat......
Many thanks for the time & effort uv gone to, PD', I appreciate it
Popped over to boat storage and took the following pics - hope these help

Good news re new nav/allround lights for Clyde cruise - should have all installed & working by this time next week (fingers & eyes crossed...)

Also - apologies to other thread users for getting so detailed within a more general thread - couldn't work out how to attach pics to a PM!

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Old 03 November 2008, 09:26   #19
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Thought it might be one of them - I'll bring the adaptor hose.
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Sounds good, so hopefully should be there ,I ve got spare yam tank ,which I think is the same connection that you have bob, will bring along just in case .
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