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Old 17 August 2014, 12:15   #31
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Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Fort William
Boat name: Red Mist
Make: Northcraft 5.8
Length: 5m +
Engine: Suzuki DF 140
MMSI: 235101721
Join Date: Mar 2012
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Engine revs start to drop as the engine tightens up on its way to seizing solid.

There is a place on this planet for all of Gods creatures.........right next to my tatties and gravy.
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Old 18 August 2014, 01:10   #32
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Country: UK - England
Town: Sticks, N.Yorks
Boat name: Tamanco
Make: Honwave 3.5AE
Length: 3m +
Engine: Tohatsu Outboard
Join Date: May 2012
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A1an is spot on. Any change in engine note would be your first indication of anything overheating.
Happened to me one time ! No tell tale and engine spluttered, turned out to be the rubber pipe to the tell tale exit came off spraying water onto the plugs/electrics ..... Cue huge relief, a cable tie sorted it!

I tend to look at the tell tail on start up then pretty much forget about it once it starts. To me it indicates the impeller is working & that's good enough, it's impossible to watch that and where you're going!

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Old 18 August 2014, 05:00   #33
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I'll add a few cable ties to the kit list just incase!! nice one

Almost ready now for the big first day !

Had to make a wooden keel as the original one had been lost years ago, took a bit of time to get it just the right fit but all is good now, just a few finishing touches with the plane to smooth things up, few coats of varnish and she'll be ready.

Been looking a while for a trailer, rather than having to setup and pack away each time, and was lucky enough to pick up an old motorbike trailer that looks like it will be suitable. Just replaced the wheel bearings.

From other trailers I've seen on the forum, don't think it should be too hard to add some planks/bunks to sit the boat on. Trailer is only 3 feet wide, but the tubes are 4ft on centres underside, will try figure something to make it fit !
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