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Old 23 November 2008, 19:21   #51
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Will it not depend slightly on what the wind has been doing for the previous couple of days? If it's been "Wind with river" then presumably a lot of the reason for timing it like that will have been blown out to sea?

Anyhow, its a good news / bad news ref. the Rib at the moment. Everything works, but only up to about 1/3 throttle where it turns the bottom cylinder into a giant piston fuel pump! - I am going to have to dismantle the bottom carb, and am really hoping it's as simple as bending the float arm a bit to make sure the valve closes. If I need a new float or valve needle I'll probably have to ask if anyone needs a crew unless someone has one in stock On the plus side, at least I know the fuel pump is OK!

Tomorrow's fun (once I thaw my brain out!) is to figure out if i can get the carbs out without dismantling half the engine ..... I knew there was a reason I liked the old Yam!
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Old 23 November 2008, 20:03   #52
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Bruce - where are you most worried about the debris in the river - IIRC you were hoping that by going at low tide it would all be left on land. If I am reading the tide table right (and it is late) then there is an hour difference roughly between glasgow and greenock. If you leave glasgow at Low tide will the flotsam not be washing back off when you get to greenock?
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anyone launching/recovering using the Ferry slipway will need to be back by not much later than 1700 due to low tide and an otherwise hidden step on the slipway itself that would prevent getting the trailers into the river to recover
The thought has crossed my mind that other potential launch points may be killed off by that problem too.... Helensburgh pier for example becomes "weed central" at low tide..... and it's going to be "properly low" on Sat.......
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The tide times on Easytide are
Glasgow LW 19:26
Greenock LW 18:41
I also need to be recovering on a slip that is very weedy and hard to use at LW. Ideally the best time to come back downriver will be around 18:30 to allow recovery at around 19:45 when there is a bit more water. And I will still probably need a rope, in the dark!
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I did toy momentarily with some kind of lighting bar that could be fixed to a roof bar & run off the sidelights pins of the tow socket. But as I still need to fit nav. lights it isn't likely going to happen this side of the cruise!

On the plus side, got the carbs off, and (cue sigh of relief) all that was needed was a slight bend to the float lever. Floats now sit equally high, and it holds a continuous bulb pump for >10 mins (which it certianly didn't do yesterday). By'eck that engine wasn't designed for ease of servicing......

So, tomorrow is the Nav lights, and I'm planning on taking a day off for a test spin (going by current forecast more likely Friday) so if anyone is out I may see you.....
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I did toy momentarily with some kind of lighting bar that could be fixed to a roof bar & run off the sidelights pins of the tow socket.
Now THAT'S an impressive idea! Would be great for recovering at night on the beach over at Kilberry Picked up a 5 million candle power torch from Homebase sale last weekend - be perfect for the RIB if it didn't get hot enough to weld an A frame after 15 seconds. . .
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Hope you guys get your gremlins sorted for the run, we should receive our exhaust hose sometime on Thursday, so if anyone is out for a test Cruise Thursday Afternoon / Friday give me a shout and hose arrival permitting we should be able to meet up for a wee blast!!!

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Okay, here goes. . .

as well as a risk assessment (carried out by the potential user) AND possible payment, but he couldn't tell me what that would be until the documentation was passed to SPT's legal department (got impression though that it would be nominal if anything).
I think thats City council speak for 'bung me a tenner and its yours all day'
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I think thats City council speak for 'bung me a tenner and its yours all day'
I did wonder if we turned up with Santa hats on and bearing "gifts" if they would join the christmas spirit and let us use it without the paperwork!
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Thumper,
Had a quick look at Halfords' website - they have "no name" Fog lights for 20 a pair. I have a bit of 2x1 & enough electrical string in the house to wire them up. This may be an easier job than fitting the nav. lights......

Graeme,
Gremlin (I hope) has been evicted, but Friday most likely at the moment for a test run (work getting in the way of a good time again). Will let you know tomorrow for sure.

Everyone else,
Who is launching where? My two thoughts at the moment are Largs Marina or Helensburgh / Rhu. Largs will burn more fuel, but H'bnurgh will be dark & weedy at low tide. Dark may not be such an issue if there's more than one of us, as those not recovering could also aim car headlights down the slip. (I'm assuming no time to make the "recovery lights")

I did toy with Kip, but to drive there I'd be just as quick going to Largs & motoring upriver and as they are more expensive for L&R than Largs, the cost difference would be negligible, and I'd rather be burning fuel in the rib than in the car towing!
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