Inaugural cruise trip report - Part 1
I took my first run this weekend.
My boat is currently being stored on a trailer, but hope to be in my marina by next weekend.
I launched boat from a ramp in the Southern end of the San Diego Bay, which was an experience in itself. It was really spooky due to all the unsafe practices by people with children playing in the water at the base of the launch ramp. I had never seen that before.
The preceding weekend I just did a quick launch and recover to get my trailer dialed in for this boat. I still need some fine tuning, but I am pretty close. At the present time I am backing my vehicle in to the water just a little, and I am able to almost float off.
Couldn't figure out how to turn on VHF, GPS, or radio, but a text to the previous owner got a rapid response, and was able to get the VHF and GPS on. I thought I had done everything correctly, but I guess not. I have a box full of paperwork, that probably have owner's manuals that I should read.
I know that I have a leak in left rear chamber, and the rest of the chambers were low, so I topped them off before leaving the storage yard.
Once I got out of the basin I brought the rpms up to 2200, and was quite surprised that boat gets up almost immediately on a plane. It was only me, but it still seemed instant. I quickly notice the tubes flapping like crazy. I stopped the boat and put more air in the tubes. I guess I am going to have to start using my gauge. I am also going to buy that electric 4.4 psi pump that Jason has.
It was windy, choppy, and lots of boat traffic, so perfect conditions. I was only planning a short journey, and would not be going out in to the ocean today.
I could not get the boat to go over 27 mph, at 2200 rpm, and I believe that conditions may have had a little to do with that, but it is primarily due to my unfamiliarity with the tilt and trim functions of the boat. On my previous two runs with previous owner, he was able to hit and stay at 30 mph at 2200. Conditions were a little better on those trips, but I need to figure out proper adjustment of the tilt and trim.
My previous rib was a 4.2M Novurania, and the differences are quite noticeable. I was going through small chop, and I couldn't even feel it. In my 4.2M, I would be getting the crap kicked out of me. I purposely turn 90 degrees in to a 2-3 foot swell/wake and hit it head on, expecting to get air born. Obviously this boat is much heavier. In 4.2M, I would have been launched, and had a spine crunching landing. The 7M did seem to make quite a thud, but it wasn't painful. I won't be purposely trying to do this, but nice to know I am not going to get thrown out of the boat if I do.