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Old 17 September 2007, 14:12   #41
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Being an intolerable cheapskate, are there any free/discount tickets going?
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Old 17 September 2007, 14:35   #42
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Was there any sign of the Yellowfin drive system - seems to have gone quiet again.......

Yellowfin appoints new distributors

By IBI Magazine

UK marine propulsion specialist Yellowfin has announced that it has secured distribution agreements with major CAT and Volkswagen distributors in Britain and the US for its new Variable Surface Drive (VSD) propulsion system, which is expected to go into full production in the first half of 2008.

Finning UK Ltd, a leading distributor of Caterpillar products and support services, will distribute the company's VSD systems in Britain, while Gregory Poole Marine Power, a US Caterpillar and Volkswagen marine distributor, will distribute the company's products in the US, Mexico and the Caribbean. Yellowfin says that it is also in advanced discussions with a number of distributors across Europe and internationally in countries such as Australia and New Zealand.

Yellowfin has also signed a contract with the UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD) to assess the suitability of VSD for a number of applications, including the requirement to re-power its existing fleet of fast special operations craft, and is currently in discussions with other national defence agencies such as the US Navy.

Yellowfin, which is based in Saxon Wharf, Southampton, has been developing its VSD propulsion system for use in the marine industry since the company's formation in 1999. VSD, which incorporates full electronic control, is said to offer increased manoeuvrability, ease of use, lower fuel consumption and improved performance. It can be fitted to a wide range of engine sizes, and will be available from 60hp-2,000hp in single, dual and multiple engine installations.


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Ahh I guessed Cat would be behind them - seeing as they were at the Finning stand a few years ago. Should be interesting to see if it lives up to all it's promises!!!
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Great pics - keep them coming - i won't be able to make it.

What RIB were the yam 350s attached to???

Was there any sign of the Yellowfin drive system - seems to have gone quiet again.......
Just seen this (sorry codders) the twin 350s are firmly bolted to a ribeye cabin jobbie Mmmm
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I'm going Friday for definate, anyone want a lift?
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Being an intolerable cheapskate, are there any free/discount tickets going?
I have a free ticket but can't use it, call in if you want it. Launching the rib tonight but I will leave it with Viv.

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Thanks Pete, I'll pick it up later
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I had a terrific day at the show yesterday, walked plently of miles.

At Nashers request I payed a visit to the Spirit berth and thought it was the best turned out boat of the show, the Spirit D130 what a beauty. Now I'm not a saily person at all, but was extremely impressed, anyone know the price?

I had a ride out in Micki Dee Bee, not once but twice. The first trip out was a sedate cruise around the official course, but the second was fantastic and had Nauti and XXXXXX from Ceasar Marine grinning like Cheshire Cats. The party trick of doing tight donuts at an incredible angle was very impressive and probably only possible on a twin setup. I recon we had greater that 45 degrees at one point. The quiteness from the Suzuki 250 outboards was deafening Double redundancy on nearly everything too, I was very impressed. Even the front bench seats where comfortable too if a little tight for a lanky person like myself.

Then I had a ride out in Nauti's little runaround the Ceasar Thunderbolt, I had a surprise though as it had none of the characteristics that I though I might get with such a small craft and a large power unit on the back.

To start with I found the Thunderbolt a very stable platform when boarding her, the seat felt a little tight and that was using a special cushion that Richard had made special, to fit in the bottom of the bucket race seats, but I do have a rather heavy frame and figued I needed as much bracing I could get, so that wasn't a bad thing

The slow 6knott ride out to the course was a fairly dry affair with me actually getting wetter on Micki Bee Dee 15 minuits earlier. Was as noisy as I'd expected, but not unpleasantly so. When we arrived at the course Richard checked I was OK and opened her up.....First surprise, she actually seemed to get quieter on the plane, whether it was the wind in the ear syndrome or it genuinly was quieter, I don't know. The second surprise I had was the soft ride she had, none of that hard ride I thought it might have. The top speed around the course was restricted to 25 knotts but at this speed I was very impressed, the corners were taken fairly tightly but I think that Richard was being a little kind on me, none of the pitching you associate with mono hulled vessels and took the corners flat as you like. I'd like to see what this craft could do at 40knotts or above, still have a very impressive ride though. After Three circuits it was time to come back and Nauti throttled back and the noise levels seemed to go back up again. If I had some disposable income, I certainly know where it would be going.

Thanks guys for allowing me to come out with you, still smiling from my experiences.
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Old 22 September 2007, 08:51   #49
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Fair play Nasher has taste - would love to see the Spirit in the flesh - stunning!!! As to cost their 70' is over 2 million so the 130' must be over 5 million. It's great to see a British company building things like this!!!
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