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Old 27 June 2006, 20:14   #11
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My honda did that the other day , cavitating like mad and came almost to a halt . It was small strand of weed just folded around the back of the motor , no longer than 6 inches
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Old 28 June 2006, 04:55   #12
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Ah thats interesting, there was quite a bit of weed around (not the illegal kind ). At one point I was trailing about 7 ft of the stuff - maybe something else to look out for, cheers
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Old 28 June 2006, 10:35   #13
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i had a quicksilver 430 hd and a new tohatsu 40c short shaft, and i could not stop it from doing iteverytime i turned reasonabley quickly it just cavitated and stopped!! sold it after 5 hours of useage! ashtray on a motorcycle springs to mind!!
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Old 28 June 2006, 14:34   #14
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The boat and engine were packaged together from new so pretty sure it's the correct prop.
That doesn't mean all that much. I doubt whether much experimentation was done to find the "correct" prop; more likely they stuck something on and figured it would be good enough. That was the way my dealer treated my 14' Achilles.


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As for weight distribution, we had 2 blokes near the back and 2 women on the front bench so I think it should have been fairly even.
4 people on an 11 foot boat with a 15hp? Seems to me that that is a pretty substantial load. Not overloaded, but substantial.

How does the boat go with just you on board?


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Old 29 June 2006, 10:12   #15
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Haven't tried the boat on my own yet but when I eased the throttle in gently I was able to get it on the plane with the 4 of us in without too much problem, felt like it may possibly have gone up with another adult provided the prop would grip so wasn't particularly overloaded (boat is rated to take 5+1)

After inflating it in the garden last night one thing I have noticed is that the inflatable keel (act-v, box type ) was not sitting straight either front to rear or top to bottom I'm guessing that this could well be the reason for the ventilation but after deflating/inflating a couple of times and playing around with the toggles that hold it in place I still couldn't get it to inflate in a straight line

Does anybody have an idea if there's a knack to this, ie. should the main tubes be inflated first then the floor ot vice versa??
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Old 29 June 2006, 10:19   #16
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On my quicksilver you have to get the floor in first(wooden) - then inflate the tubes slightly - then the keel and then finish off the tubes.

Lift the boat off the ground when you are doing the air keel - on the Quicksilver there is a big hole in the floor for the valve for the keel - you can move it around a bit before you inflate it.

Keel doesn't always go dead straight but never been a problem. My boat is smaller than yours but I have managed to get 20mph with 4 people on board. It is important to get people to move around when that loaded though - weight forward to get it on the plane - then move aft to keep the nose up.
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Old 29 June 2006, 11:03   #17
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I reckon the engine is sitting too high. Is the cav plate above the keel when in the fully down position? If so, it's either go for a longer shaft of take a notch out of the transom.
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Old 29 June 2006, 13:21   #18
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surely if the keep wasn't fitted strait then thats the problem . It would be creating a wierd and inconsistant flow past the prop .
What you want is nice little Honda Air floor none of that hassle with floor boards and keels , as it happens I just
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HHmmm.... new engine or cutting in to the transom seems a bit extreme, especially as I've only just bought them both

I'm inclined to go with your line of thinking Mr Parkes (nice boat by the way ) - I'm going to focus on sorting the keel out before anything else.
I did look at the Honda 3.2 but the thing that put me off was the permanent flaps at the back preventing the fitting of launch wheels, essential when lifting up/down a pebble beach with just my girlfriend for help.
Incidentally it doesn't have floorboards, it's the fastroller version so should be just as easy to set up
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After inflating it in the garden last night one thing I have noticed is that the inflatable keel (act-v, box type ) was not sitting straight either front to rear or top to bottom I'm guessing that this could well be the reason for the ventilation but after deflating/inflating a couple of times and playing around with the toggles that hold it in place I still couldn't get it to inflate in a straight line

Sorry but had same problem again ! ended up sending back to dealer to have toggles moved which they did under warranty and sent back to me direct via parcel line good service but sold and bought Avon shortly afterwards

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