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Old 04 November 2008, 14:45   #21
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I always carry a spare 10L jerry can anyway, don't think between us all fuel should be too much of an issue.
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Old 04 November 2008, 16:26   #22
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Cheers!

Many thanks to all for their kind offers of assistance/advice re fuel carrying, esp 9D' for his efforts
Took Thumper out on Loch Lomond for the first time today - whose giant invisible hand is it that keeps moving the slipway from side to side when I'm trying to reverse the trailer down it? Eh?
Boat ran well & even on the plane - used sat nav to calculate max speed - 22 knots with a slight chop.
Feeling more confident now re Clyde cruise

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Old 05 November 2008, 08:24   #23
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Thumper, at this rate you'll only manage 12 knots with the 800 litres of spare fuel you'll be carrying!! Yeah, 22 knots sounds about right. I managed 20 tops with my old SR4 / Suz 25.

I'm now almost rigged - mechanicals & big (i.e battery) electrics all connected & working, all I need to do now is get my panel electrics talking to the engine.......
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Old 06 November 2008, 09:46   #24
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is this happening this saturday? the 8th of november?


anybody thinking of going to see the fire works at largs?
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Old 06 November 2008, 15:07   #25
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The xmas lights aren't up yet, trip is planned for 29th November.
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Old 07 November 2008, 14:36   #26
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is this happening this saturday? the 8th of november?


anybody thinking of going to see the fire works at largs?
Where have you been?

We're planning on going round, will you be there with your central heating..
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Old 09 November 2008, 17:31   #27
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Thumper,

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,
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Just to confirm that we hope to be there, given the weather today, we might wait off until nearer the time before commiting for definite! The trip sounds great - but not in the horizonatal hail we saw today!

We are also novice in the dark, having only had the one trip back from the Cumbrae Fireworks recently, it was no problem as we were following Kim on that occasion, but I am not sure I would be so confident on my own.

The one thing that made things easier when we got back into Largs Marina (where we are dry berthed), is it was exceptionally well lit making things much easier. I know that is not really 100% helpful as we did not actually have to take it out of the water as that is done for us, but we did have to negotiate everything else that was there and tie up - which I would not have liked to have tried in the pitch dark.

If you are thinking of using the slipway at Largs I would definately recommend you pay the small fee to use the Marina slip rather than using the public slip - which is pretty narrow, and a feat for most people in daylight never mind the dark!

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You do get used to it, living in the country helps though where pitch dark and no streetlights is the norm
We needed the searchlight to find the slip coming into tarbert that trip and packed up the boat in the pitch dark as the slip had no lighting. The upper clyde is like the blackpool illuminations compared to Argyll at night 40m down on the Madam Alice at night in the middle of the Firth of Lorne, now that IS dark !
Down as far as Greenock there is so much land lighting and bouyage that darkness isn't really a problem and round the corner is still fairly lit and bouyed. Its only past Millport that it starts getting darker.
A few trips and you will wonder what all the fuss was about and be looking for more places to go at night just for the hell of it!
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Old 10 November 2008, 20:23   #29
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Were having a few engine gremlins at the moment, fix one problem and another turns up, things should be ok for the run but unfortunately I cannot now commit (awe bugger!!!)

list so far

1) oil cooler leaking oil - get new cooler but fittings are different (same identification nos)
2) engine not reving - replace fuel pump
3) still not reving properly - screw out metering screw
4) fix reving problem (well she is still sluggish but gets to target rpm eventualy, but IMHO still no good for rough weather as too slow to respond and now keeps blowing off boost hoses)
5) Replace all silicone hoses - hoses staying put but now blown large hole in exhaust hose and start filling engine bay with water and smoke - return to shore with heads in hands, go home and order new fittings for oil cooler and new exhaust hose.

An eventful day to say the least!!!!

WHATS NEXT??????

We will atempt to be there but dont want to commit till she is running properly.

A scunnered Graeme
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Were having a few engine gremlins at the moment, fix one problem and another turns up, things should be ok for the run but unfortunately I cannot now commit (awe bugger!!!)

list so far

1) oil cooler leaking oil - get new cooler but fittings are different (same identification nos)
2) engine not reving - replace fuel pump
3) still not reving properly - screw out metering screw
4) fix reving problem (well she is still sluggish but gets to target rpm eventualy, but IMHO still no good for rough weather as too slow to respond and now keeps blowing off boost hoses)
5) Replace all silicone hoses - hoses staying put but now blown large hole in exhaust hose and start filling engine bay with water and smoke - return to shore with heads in hands, go home and order new fittings for oil cooler and new exhaust hose.

An eventful day to say the least!!!!

WHATS NEXT??????

We will atempt to be there but dont want to commit till she is running properly.

A scunnered Graeme
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I understand your pain, i used to work with a big Humber with jet drive and it was one problem after another, but when she went dam she went well!
Keep going you know it will be worth it in the end ..... or scrap it as we did
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