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Old 05 March 2008, 04:19   #11
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Cod - given that your relationship with your builder didn't seem to be particularly good, and there were details you weren't happy with - was it wise to make the first trip long distance through busy shipping channels? I'm not sure that I would advocate "luck" for getting safely across from the CIs nor getting the navigation right.
Divers can use a variety of methods of navigating underwater but never thought about crossing the channel by following an submarine cable
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Old 05 March 2008, 16:09   #12
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Cod - given that your relationship with your builder didn't seem to be particularly good, and there were details you weren't happy with - was it wise to make the first trip long distance through busy shipping channels? I'm not sure that I would advocate "luck" for getting safely across from the CIs nor getting the navigation right.

Judging by the way I had been treated and the fact that i am still owed a trailer I just wanted to get my boat away as fast as possible. With all the hassle we had the crossing itself was an anticlimax to be honest!!!

I had no chance to familirise myself with the boat or any of it's equipment - to make matters worse the hand held VHF had vanished so no backup.
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Old 05 March 2008, 16:18   #13
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codders,i would have done the same, what an adventure!!
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Old 05 March 2008, 16:54   #14
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I haven't had a chance to try my 90 etec over a steady cruise yet. Every trip so far has been about 30 miles of very mixed use in choppy sea and prop testing so lots of throttle use
each time I have used approx 23l to 30 miles .
i would want to do a few coastal cruising trips etc before heading on an open trip just to get to know how much it will use and if there are any problems to sort out .
My etec did seem to use a bit less fuel after I had set for xd 100 oil .
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Old 06 March 2008, 05:28   #15
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I envy 1nm per litre. I finally got round to working mine out the other day (no flow meter) and my carb 2st uses about 1.25L/nm over 2 tankfuls... calm conditions and 1 (admittedly large) person on board.

Next one will be a stinky diesel I think!
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Old 06 March 2008, 06:11   #16
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Well I am keeping my fingers crossed for 0.8lt per mile for this new boat.........
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Old 06 March 2008, 08:08   #17
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Regardless of what others have said this is what I strongly feel you should do:

Crossing the Channel is a very easy cruise in the summer, but can be hard work when doing it for the first time and when it gets rough.

Before you go, get yourself on a VHF course, go and do a powerboat 2, and get familiar with how your navigation kit works. Also take spares, even though your boat may be new or Navigation equipment new, always carry a chart and compass, this way if you have a bearing and your GPS goes down for whatever reason you have a heading to follow. Carry a handheld VHF, as mobile phones sometimes dont work in the middle of the channel on some networks.

Make sure your lifejackets have good gas bottles in them etc, and all your kit is in working order, carry more fuelou need, just in case. If you repect the water and plan properly like this you will have a great time, by doing the courses also , this will give you great training not only for the channel crossing but any boating you may do, in your pride and joy.

Remeber you are resonable for the people onboard while you are at the helm, by making sure you have done all these things, you show no neglict or leave things to "luck", one last thing-inform the coastguard of you movements, expected ETA etc, this way if something happens they are there to look after you. Just dont forget to let them know you have arrived safely!!


Re ETEC, I took the Thunderbolt over to Guernsey from Portsmouth in the Summer. I used a total of 120 Litres going over at about 3500-4000 rpm. This was when the engine was brand new, it also used alot of oil, 3litres! Having said this, the engine had not been really run in and on the way back, drank no oil whatsoever, still though drinking 105litres of petrol. So take some oil as well. 5 litres will be more than enough.


Have fun....
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Old 06 March 2008, 10:08   #18
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Err, Tom he has an RYA Coastal Skippers ticket.

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Old 06 March 2008, 11:55   #19
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I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with your fuel consumption.

IIRC my 5.4m searider with a 90hp carbed 2 stroke would better 1 mile per litre at a 25 knot cruise speed.

My Scorpion 6.5m with a 150 optimax does about 1 mile per litre.

I would think that you should get 30% better mileage than my Searider.

Keep the revs to less than 4000, 3500 to 3750 if you can, and you should see some good figures.
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Like the name on your boat was the fist one OKYAR ! If you do go drop me a PM as we want to do it as well and would enjoy the company . We could carry fuel too as we have plenty of space.
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