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Old 07 July 2007, 14:15   #11
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We've bought a Pacific 22 ex-MoD (big thanks to Pete & Brian for all the advice on this) so looks like we're on.

Will update as it unfolds...
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Old 13 July 2007, 10:14   #12
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Well, the boat was delivered today to our 'HQ' (a small farm house in Devon!)

Tell you what though, there are some rotten buggers about. This weekend was going to be the test drive before we set about increasing the fuel tank storage from 90L to ~350L and some toe rag has stuck a knife through one of the tubes. Before it was even delivered to us!!

Still, all adds to the joys of such things I suppose.

Grrr.

In much more positive news, I wanted to say a big thanks to RIB Net for all the help I've had. In particular Pete7 for his obvious skills with the P22's and Brian who has been amazing in helping with the navigation and so many general tips.

A very positive and helpful forum - thank you!
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Old 16 July 2007, 06:10   #13
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First test drive this weekend... largely successful. With the aft section of the port tube flapping in the water courtesy of some little urchin with a penknife we headed out from Dartmouth for a quick blast then a chug back up the river. The steering needs some attention as the shaft seal on the Wagner 701 helm pump is shot and we were far too low on oil. The engine is a dream - starts on the button and runs like a tractor (funny that).

The job list is now something like:

1) Learn to drive a RIB (PBL2 next weekend in Plymouth)
2) Fix tubes (kit on way - ASBO applied for!)
3) Fix Wagner 701 pump (kit on way)
4) Fit chart plotter (on way and it comes with the UK Charts!)
5) Fit VHF (on way - why the hell don't the RN fit radios to their ships boats??)
6) Fit another 300L of fuel (ideas on a postcard – we’re probably going to have a checker plate tank / seat made for the bows).
7) Cover the thing in safety equipment (already got it)

All this by August the 4th... and a full time job?
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Old 16 July 2007, 12:32   #14
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My fuel idea's postcard.
http://www.ribsltd.co.uk/Nauta.htm

Probably a better alternative than solid tanks if they are going to be on the deck and take up very little space when you don't need them filled.
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Old 16 July 2007, 15:04   #15
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Hello H,

Thanks for the recomendation, they certainly look interesting. Seem quite expensive though and I still have the problem of transfering the fuel to the main tank.

Found this from an earlier thread... http://www.themainsail.com/news/arti...2&v=1&UAN=1176

Thought that might work with the deck tank. Not sure to be honest - starting to feel a tad stressed about all this!
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Old 16 July 2007, 15:44   #16
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Superpump syphon

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Thought that might work with the deck tank. Not sure to be honest - starting to feel a tad stressed about all this!
The superpump works ok, provided that the donor tank is higher than the receiving tank. Once you've got that sorted, there's no problem.

Apart from using ours in the RiB (hint: sit flexible donor tanks on a rigid flat surface, otherwise unhappiness will ensue) we also used it for draining the foundations of our extension in a previous wet summer. This was not a trivial job. But the wee hose thingy did the bizz, allowing the builders to think up other reasons for not doing anything.

Take one with you; they don't weigh much, take up very little space, and only require wrist power (ooh er missus )

And no, I don't sell the things!
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Old 16 July 2007, 17:15   #17
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Thanks Grocer, Shouldn't be a problem as the main tank is below decks...

So much to do!
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If you're in / near Dartmouth, Paul Tilley makes flexible fuel tanks - 01803 833309
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When a boat looks that good who needs tubes!!!
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Old 18 July 2007, 10:00   #19
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Thanks Cooke,

I just spoke to Paul and he sounds like a sterling chap.

Cheeky question now: Would anyone be willing to lend me some flexible deck tanks? It would be on a "return in original condition or pay for" basis of course...
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Old 24 July 2007, 15:27   #20
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Well, if anyone is free and in the area - and you'd like to chug along with us you'd be very welcome indeed. Assuming, of course, we get Crooked Ken on the water in time...

A big thank you to those who have helped so much in putting this route together.
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