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Old 06 September 2014, 08:27   #61
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Hands up

1: Who has needed a tow & not had an aux fitted???

2: Who got home without a tow & had an aux fitted???



Cptsideways Answer = 2 & three times

Never needed a tow and not had to use my Aux due to a breakdown. I like the dual redundancy of an Aux with a seperate fuel source. I often go out as a lone boat and prefer not to have to rely on someone else if my main outboard broke down. I see it a bit like an insurance policy. You buy it and hope not to need it but at least it is there just in case.
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Old 06 September 2014, 09:43   #62
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Aux is an absolute no-brainer if you go out alone...
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Old 06 September 2014, 23:01   #63
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I had sourced a mint Seagull Silver Century plus that had never been wet, but it's on it way to a collector that can polish it's shiny bits. Found a older mint 2005 4hp 4 stroke Twatsu that I can hang on the back of me Avon CRRC 450 as a back up if I lose my primary at sea on a ugly day.
First work will be a fresh impeller, than a 6hp carb, followed by a satin black Awlgrip paint job. I'll post a image once I get my aux bracket fab'd and mounted to clear my trim tabs.

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Old 09 September 2014, 05:37   #64
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Hands up

1: Who has needed a tow & not had an aux fitted???

2: Who got home without a tow & had an aux fitted???



Cptsideways Answer = 2 & three times
"Got home" is a bit grand as it was only 100 yards and the fault was only temporary, but on my old boat, a hiccup with the main engine leaving a pontoon in breezy conditions meant that the only reason I wasn't put in a situation that would probably have written off the boat was the fact that I had an aux fitted. Probably ten seconds from a very expensive disaster.
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Old 12 September 2014, 07:40   #65
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Me: 2 - twice.

Granted the two main engines concerned were old and one has long since donated it's leg to another engine while the other has had a total rebuild, but the most reliable engine ever built could still hit a submerged log.....
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