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Old 13 October 2004, 14:10   #11
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Oh s**t!

Just as I thought I understood all (well most!!) of the issues about my new boat - which I hope to collect Monday - more of that in a moment - along comes another variable to bite me in the b*m!

I have no idea what size propellor I have. I know it is a laser II, but I had sort of naively assumed there was a size which was a function of the engine as came as part of the deal. This is married to an opti 150 in a 6.5m Solent.

Do I need to worry - almost certainly not. Am I curious as to what other props might do - yes a bit. What are the issues about props? Can I have a beginner tutorial please? or pointers to an 'educational' site.

Certainly the rig I have seems to go wonderfully based on that one sea trial.

So what has gone wrong with Farfetched? Nothing, all is sorted. However....

...on Monday at 5.55pm outside a nice country pub just north of Loughborough, with me sipping a half pint of apple juice (yes, really - I had a supper planned later) and reading the lowrance manuals (sad g*t!) "bang", car alarm, hollywood squeal of brakes.....

Some gentlemen have broken the big side window of my three month old 807 and nicked my briefcase including my laptop. Most recent backup - 3 September. Not a disaster, but it has thrown the last 48 hours into a mess.

If anyone is expecting a reply to a recent email, please let me know!

Since the 807 was the tow vehicle, I have yet to collect Far Fethched from the Solent hanger. Probably Monday now......

Frustratedly,

Bruce
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Old 13 October 2004, 14:16   #12
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Bruce, really sorry to hear about your misfortune. Some people have no respect for others and their property, unfortunately for the rest of us!

For a basic guide to propellers have a look here

Looking forward to seeing you and Farfetched soon!

P.S. According to Melvyn Bragg's 'The Adventure of English', Shakespeare was the first writer to use the term 'farfetched'.
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Old 13 October 2004, 14:20   #13
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Originally Posted by brucehawsker
However....

...on Monday at 5.55pm outside a nice country pub just north of Loughborough, with me sipping a half pint of apple juice (yes, really - I had a supper planned later) and reading the lowrance manuals (sad g*t!) "bang", car alarm, hollywood squeal of brakes.....

Some gentlemen have broken the big side window of my three month old 807 and nicked my briefcase including my laptop. Most recent backup - 3 September. Not a disaster, but it has thrown the last 48 hours into a mess.

Frustratedly,

Bruce
Bruce, as a gentleman yourself, you should know better that "gentlemen" just don't smash car side windows and nick things.

anyway sorry to hear of your troubles but WHY LEAVE YOUR BRIEFCASE AND LAPTOP VISABLE FOR SUCH OPPORTUNITY

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Old 13 October 2004, 14:21   #14
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Bruce,Sorry to hear about this,if you want to pick her up on saturday/possibly sunday or next tuesday,I can bring my tow car along.Give me a call if you need help.
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Old 13 October 2004, 14:24   #15
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Really bad news Bruce, so sorry.


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Old 13 October 2004, 15:34   #16
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Reply (especially to Andre's very sensible comments):

There is nowhere to hide a briefcase in a people carrier. Ours has tinted windows, and the brief case was squeezed between front seats to make it harder to steal. All other seats were folded or left at home as I had just delivered some kit to a client.

Police said that since I had parked in nearest slot to pub door, it was 6pm, I had tinted windows, and my briefcase was as discrete as possible, there really was nothing else I could do. In their view, there was a greater risk of it getting nicked from beside my seat in the pub than from a burglar alarmed car outside. And putting a blanket over it was a sign I had something to hide...

It was a three yearold laptop, fully insured, and all the cables, dongles, software will get replaced. But it costs two+ days of time, and my abiity to work and travel is impaired until the insurers get round to delivering the new laptop

Short of padlocking it to my writst....

Incidentally, some quite valuable stuff in plastic carrier bags was not touched. Perhaps Tesco's bags rather than Antler leather computer case is the answer!

Thanks for commiserations. Only two really crucial spreadsheets have gone - almost everything was emailed to somone or backed up.

Thank you for offers of help. I should have my car before the weekend. I probably will end up launhing her on Monday or Tuesday depending on the weather. My other half will be back at work, and I would appreciate help then as it will just be my 15 year old and I.....
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Old 13 October 2004, 19:16   #17
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Bruce, some more reading for you, while you count down the hrs till you're on the water. I would have a good guess that your prop is a 21" Laser2. That seems to be the standard fit size on Optimax 150s.

Everything you wanted to know about props:
http://www.mercurymarine.com/everyth...ut_propellers5

The Mercury range of props:
http://www.mercurymarine.com/props
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Old 13 October 2004, 19:20   #18
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I have a 19" S/S laser 2 spare if anyone is interested which would look good on an Opti.

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Old 14 October 2004, 10:43   #19
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If anyone does run a 19" on a 150 Opti can you please post the results. Ours wont rev over 5250 at all with a 21" but I suspect this is as high as it will rev anyway, even if it does say different on the website... Just interested to know for sure.
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Justwin, Tohatsu 6.5m rib, opti 150 with 19" S/S laser revs to 6000 at 55 mph. This is with the boat empty.

Stu's Scorpion 6.5 is 50 mph plus with Opti 150 and 19" prop too. He did try a 21 but acceleration was poor.

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