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Old 07 June 2009, 02:29   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: Holbury
Make: Ocean Dynamic
Engine: 2 330 Iveco Hamilton
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 62
Honda 150

Our Rescue Rib with the 2 Honda 150 is at last back in service at a cost
of 4000. Honda has refused to help as a gesture of goodwill to a youth
charity and rescue service. The new engines failed about 2 miles from
where we collected them , due to water in the fuel. Surprised this problem
was not noticed when they tested them. Even more concerned the the
Honda pre filters ,and 2 engine filters failed to stop such serious damage,.
When they came over to get the engines running ,it was probably not a good
idea to disconnect the engine filter alarm.That immediate action should
have been taken to clean out the engines , As it appears much of the
damage was due to the water remaining in while the engines were out of
use for the winter. At same time feel if the engine management is so
vulnerable we should change to Yamaha . Especially as our local dealer
hinted that had they been Yamaha , the Distributors would have been]
more sympathetic. The really sad news is that it would appear the water was
fresh , and could only have been deliberately put in. Probably the same
time the 5 battery switch keys , the engine keys and outboard keys were
stolen. We do seem to suffer from people who resent teenagers operating
a rescue service which last year assisted 47 boats and 136 sailors. Some
years ago we had a 12 Meter Ex RNLI Medina class Rib. While ashore
somebody poured sugar in the engines and fuel tanks , slashed the
tubes and put hammer to the instruments and switches , cut the wiring
looms resulting in 50000 of damage. The RNLI sold it to use for only 12000
that we could only insure for what we paid for it ,and had to sell it for scrap.
Which put a end to our offshore Navigational training to the Channel Islands
and French Ports. To learn more about our teenage rescue service
visit We are a IYT MCA
accredited training school from Ribmaster to 300 tons. Photo Dedication
Service in memory of HMS Hood
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Old 07 June 2009, 03:17   #2
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What a Damn shame!Sorry to hear another sad episode illustrateing the inpact of the'low life element'.Organisations such as yours ARE of great value,and hopefully help stem the the tide of moral decay in our young people.As to the Honda dealer,obviously customer service is low on thier list of prioritys,and forums like this are a good channell for alerting others.The best of luck in the future!and remember most people DO appreciate the work,you and others like you do!
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