OK, after a lot of last minute plan changing I got a fantastic day.
Not only did the engine perform faultlessly, (fired almost instantly) I only appear to have missed one small bit on the top f my Right calf with the factor 50.
So, to the cruise:
As I was short of time I decided to do a loch I have never managed to make a visit to - Loch Striven.
Having launched at Largs (marina) and slapped on a gallon of sun cream, I headed out, opened the throttle, and after a wee tweak to the trim, was cruising at a nice 4800rpm / 23 knots. I tried a WOT test (One thing I have done - as a quick aside for Clamshell owners - was to remove the mercury tilt switch from the deadman circuit. I had been beginning to suspect it might have been the cause of the rough running at WOT), so, here I was <sans switch> and the revs were climbing. I got to the dizzy heights of 32.5 knots, never missing a beat.....and then realised I couldn't for the life of me remember the WOT RPM, which one thought meant I had just exceeded by 400!
So, remembering the reason I had to rebuild it all those years ago, I dropped back to 5K and cruised happily at 25 knots all the way to Ardyne point, the only interruptions being the wake from "Argyll" (The Gourock - Dunoon Ferry) and a couple of Porpoise fins whivch showed no interest in a chase and also got out of range so fast I never managed a pic! I did however get one of the ferry! (first Pic)
I then bore right slightly (!
I think I might be thinking of a cartoon of yore - Peyton or someone like that?) Anyhow, carried on up Striven (2nd Pic) to the point where my echo sounder went from showing me tens of metres to a few, killed the engine and stopped for lunch
Pleasant enough Loch, plenty of fish farms, and chunks of it reminded me of a scaled down Loch Etive. (might even be a location for Poly's camping trip - as long as nobody wants a hotel / B&B!) so, I drifted around over the shallows with one eye over the side for the length of a couple of sandwiches! (3rd & 4th Pics)
As I've now run out of attachment space part 2 in the next post.....