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Old 25 October 2004, 15:19   #11
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Jono, whilst I agree I think you miss the point, you don't hed for home but to a safe haven to sort the prob.
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true, true,.... but exactly how close is a your safest haven halfway across to the Channel Islands.. ? Thanks, but I'll keep the option of plumbing my aux into the main as well as its own 20 litre tank...and keep an eye on my nice and visible water separators...
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Old 25 October 2004, 16:13   #12
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mmm.. yup, if it's a fuel problem that stops your main. What if it's something else and your miles from base? If you have the OPTION of using either a separate tank or plumbing into the main, is that not better. Wouldn't you feel a chump running the aux dry, 10 miles from home whilst sat on 100 litres of unreachable fuel...
Fuel would NOT remain unreachable for long if I was desperate enough!!!
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Old 25 October 2004, 16:53   #13
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...I was desperate enough!!!
How far offshore are you planning to travel, my fishy friend? As we discussed a little while ago, you would perhaps just want to make passage to the nearest VHF or mobile 'phone coverage - or is this a demonstration of independence, or personal pride to make landfall under your own power?
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Old 25 October 2004, 20:50   #14
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How far offshore are you planning to travel, my fishy friend? As we discussed a little while ago, you would perhaps just want to make passage to the nearest VHF or mobile 'phone coverage - or is this a demonstration of independence, or personal pride to make landfall under your own power?
Independence and pride - would die of shame if I had to be rescued because of my own stupid fault.

Would only call for help if lives were in serious danger - if aux wasn't man enough to push me against a tide I would anchor and wait until the tide turned - probably do a spot of fishing to make it look like everything ok!!!!
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Old 26 October 2004, 03:55   #15
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Hi all

It seems i have enought info now so what i will do

1) 5/6hp 4 stroke to keep things simple
2) Spare 20/20 l tank
3) method of connecting to main tank

That should do it. For me its just knowing that i have a back-up. Over the last year i did alot of work on an ex pilot boat with twin engines and sometimes one would give problems, from just stopping in the main channel to all sorts of things, having the second engine proved its worth.

I am sure lots of people dont have a second engine and i'm sure they have not had issues for me its just knowing i have the option

Thanks for the info everybody, i have balanced view
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Seems like a sensible approach Jimbob. Only thing I would add is a procedual one, always run the Aux off the seperate tank first untill it's depleated and then switch to main tanks just in case of contamination and make sure your fuel in the Aux tank is replaced on a regular basis.

Good luck with your new purchase and congratulations.

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Old 28 October 2004, 18:13   #17
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We have tried our 6.5M Solent in the harbour with a 6hp 4 stroke suzuki and found we were better using the main engine as a rudder and keeping the aux locked striaght ahead. We have it set up so as to be able to use either the main fuel tank or the auxiliary. 6hp was fine to manoevre around the harbour, make turns etc. We have reverse mounted the aux. engine. Works well.
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Old 29 October 2004, 08:49   #18
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How do you mean 'reverse mounted'? Any chance of some pics?

I need to get an aux engine - especially with the recent increase in scarcity of RIBs at Fleetwood - and I'm not sure of the best way to mount it. I'd ideally like it to be there full time - so it's ready when I need it.

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"Reverse mounted" means mounting the engine with leg inside the boat. I guess the advantages of having it like this are if the tilt lock fails it will tilt into the boat instead of out of the boat (could do a lot of damage at 50kts!!)

I was told before by a buddy who has his mounted like this that it also helps with weight, but if anything I would have thought that most of the engines weight is in the powerhead and so would make more sense to have this on the inside of the boat instead of hanging over the water.

I personally have mine mounted the conventional way with the leg of the engine tied to the a-frame in case the tilt lock fails. It is ready to use, the rope just needs to be untied, or cut if its urgent!! and away you go.
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true, true,.... but exactly how close is a your safest haven halfway across to the Channel Islands.. ? Thanks, but I'll keep the option of plumbing my aux into the main as well as its own 20 litre tank...and keep an eye on my nice and visible water separators...
Depends on where you are heading to but if you are half way to / from the Channel Islands the furthest you will ever be from a safe harbour is 25 miles. In fact, unless you are crossing the Irish Sea to Cork no mater where you go in the UK or Europe you will never be more than 30 miles from land. Still, at 3 knots in open sea it can be a long time. As for the "Yellow" boat. We had to use our wing engine to get back to Singapore when we broke down 200 miles out in the South China Seas. still it gave us plenty of time to think about things! Alan P
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