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Old 20 January 2012, 16:12   #1
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Solent ribbing 21st/22nd

Hi,

will be out Saturday 8am onwards and Sunday morning around the solent area.
finally got a chart plotter so thinking of straying over to Cowes/Southampton water. will be launching at lymington.

If anyone else is out and wants to meet up drop me a PM or Text/Call me 0758571881

Have a good weekend ribbing everyone

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Old 20 January 2012, 17:14   #2
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We'll be launching the Searider from Southampton tomorrow morning at about 10.30 to test the gearbox. If all seems OK we'll be heading for Cowes for lunch.
- It's meant to be a bit windy - forecast a steady F5 gusting 7 or 8!
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Hi Nathan - not enough numbers in your phone number!
Anyway - Gearbox all seems ok both in forward and reverse. Now sat in Cowes having lunch .
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Gearbox all seems ok both in forward and reverse. Now sat in Cowes having lunch .
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Good luck for the trip back. F7 should test your Searider and that gearbox nicley
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Old 21 January 2012, 11:02   #7
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Well where do i start!
Lymington to Cowes, lovely. Got to test out my new chartplotter and with 60 litres of fuel i hit 35 knots arrived at about 9am. Spent a while looking around the river. Never been there before.

Had my sausage roll then decided to leave. Came out of Cowes and not what i expected, waves had picked up from force 3-4 to 6 in about 45 mins. 1 mile out of Cowes and then engine turns off. Spend about 20 minutes being thrown around drenched. Finally work out it's my new fuel line and is not feeding fuel to the engine. Swap fuel lines back to main tank that only has a litre or two left. Then Battle ridiculous waves and winds getting to hamble.

Get to hamble safely and then start investigating what's wrong with the fuel line, eventually give up and take off the connector going to the engine and start hand pumping 30 litres into the other tank using the primer bulb...

30 mins later… finish pumping fuel and head off to Calshot slipway wind causes boat to swing round when loading and scrapes bottom of the boat. Jump in to push back around forget about life jacket “bang” life jacket literally tears itself apart, didn’t even inflate. New as well! Anyway get the boat out the water and look at damage. Not bad, odd scratch however reveals an old and very bad patch on the hull. More work…

Oh and my hand held is not waterproof at all. cobra marine...

long story short, i think i might stay in tomorrow...
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Glad you are okay - engine stopping in a choppy solent isn't much fun - been there!
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Thought it'd be hairy on the way back. Glad you solved you're fuel issues and that you made it back in one peice. Bad luck seems to come in multiples
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Thanks,

In a strange way I知 glad the hull needs work, I had just finished everything apart from the tubes. I can fulfil my constant need to tinker and repair
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Yup - that's just about when we were crossing the Solent to get back! It wasn't actually that bad though - I think the neap tides made for better conditions than if it had been springs. Rick drove all the way both to and from Cowes so is getting some experience in choppy conditions, and other than needing to swap fuel tanks just off Calshot all went without a hitch.
Note to self.... 12 litres to get from Southampton to Cowes and back was a bit optimistic! (worth a try, but maybe in flatter conditions next time - we did have 25L in the other tank though, and it's just a connector swap).
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I had thought of coming to meet you, but it was the prospect of the return journey that stopped me!

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Staying in was a good call, given my recent run of multiple luck!

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Glad you are okay - engine stopping in a choppy Solent isn't much fun - been there!
Engine stopping anywhere isn't much fun - been there in more places (through no fault of my own) than I would have liked!

Nathan: I'm not sure what make your lifejacket is, but maybe a different one is on the cards!

For radios, Cobra are cheap and cheerful: when it hits the fan, however, you need the goods....

I use ICOM but others swear by SH. Both good. Sat in a pub in Alderney: SH was drawing in signals from Brixham that my ICOM couldn't catch in full; but my ICOM had just been through our washing machine and tumble dryer in the pocket of my jacket and was still transmitting like a fixed set.... You pay your money and you take your choice: the best choice is to have something that works when you need it!

Glad you made it back OK and I'm sure you'll learn from the experience!

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Glad you all had a good day.

It reminds me of this.

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Nathan: I'm not sure what make your lifejacket is, but maybe a different one is on the cards!
Well it's a top of the range lifejacket. it was almost new and completely failed to inflate, ripped upon inflation. I知 not sure how far i can take it, the way I see it if someone had been in a more serious situation and it failed to inflate the outcome would be far more serious. I知 going to wait and see what the manufacturers do before I name anyone.

Also I'm going for a fixed Icom, not too sure i can afford another handheld.

Spares or Repairs Cobra anyone?
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Nathan,

Glad to hear you survived the experience. Chalking up a few "rapid learning" trips is what will give you the confidence to tackle bigger trips. It is also what gives you the insight to look out the window and think, "I'm going to stay inside today, because if one of those bits of bad luck combines with that weather it could be unpleasant".

Whilst it is easy to be smart with 20/20 hindsight - the combined wisdom of the forum could have told you that Cobra was not a good choice! They may be fine for yacht use when they live in relative shelter but on small open boats you need something tougher (Standard Horizon or Icom being the normal choice).

Were you on your own or still cruising in company at that point? If you were on your own and managed to work out the problem, nurse it back to shore and know how to do the transfer yourself then that is pretty good going for any "newbie" but especially one of your years. If you were alone did you call the CG to advise them or did the Cobra issues scupper that.

Interesting lifejacket experience I look forward to hearing the supplier/manufacturer's feedback. Better to find out at the slipway than in the middle of the sea though.
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Sounds like you had quite a day of it. Glad to hear positive outcome, of sorts. Like others have said better it all happened now and you've managed to overcome it all, well done and nice pictures.

Has this delayed "Round Britain" ?

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I was on my own Polwart, I have moved the backrest forward so i can use it as a leaning post in rougher weather so only in perfect weather can i take other people out anyway as they'll be sitting on the tubes.

I have not done anything to do with the round Britain for a long time now, I知 trying to get out as much as i can and then when the time comes if i feel confident enough then I値l go for it. If anything peter this experience has probably helped towards my goal in terms of experience and confidence.

On a lighter note I think it's time for a hull repair thread
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I was on my own Polwart, I have moved the backrest forward so i can use it as a leaning post in rougher weather so only in perfect weather can i take other people out anyway as they'll be sitting on the tubes.

I have not done anything to do with the round Britain for a long time now, I’m trying to get out as much as i can and then when the time comes if i feel confident enough then I’ll go for it. If anything peter this experience has probably helped towards my goal in terms of experience and confidence.

On a lighter note I think it's time for a hull repair thread
That's what it's all about, experience and confidence. Enjoy your local waters first! Next time you'll be better prepared for things to go wrong.

Is the hull holed or just marked ? You said its been repaired already is it the same area ? Better if it is as you can just rip it out and start again

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