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Old 14 September 2015, 09:18   #1
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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.
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Old 14 September 2015, 10:27   #2
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First stop is a dock and dine location on Coronado for an ice cream.
I have fenders, but haven't used them yet. The rubstake seems to be very abrasive resistant, so maybe I don't need fenders?
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Dock and dine
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Old 14 September 2015, 12:39   #4
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Thats a nice ride. I guess you wont be missing the harsh slaps and rough beating of a smaller rib?
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Old 16 September 2015, 08:50   #6
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Nope, probably not, but I need to learn how the tilt and trim buttons work.

I fueled it up for the first time, and wasn't really sure how much fuel it would take. It has a dipstick that was listed in liters and gallons. I stopped at just under 34.
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ok, this is stupid.

Why are my pictures sideways?
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I use fenders to keep any sharp bits on the dock away from the tubes. If there aren't any protruding screws/nails/slivers, then it's hit-or-miss if I use them.

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Great looking ride. Love those boats.

I think the stock tank on those is 36 gal? So you must have been almost empty
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I think it is just over 34, and I was just topping it off.
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I went out in the ocean for the first time this week from Mission Bay to the San Diego Bay.
I'm not sure how far it is, but It took two hours there and back at around 25mph, which includes the time it takes to get out of my bay, which has a posted speed of 5mph.
It was a little windy, with white caps and light chop, so I felt this would be a good test run for me.
The first thing I noticed upon exiting the channel is the hundreds of lobster traps, which are like land mines. Sometimes you only have a couple of seconds to react in order to miss them.
The SD Bay is South of MB, so you are going downhill/with the current/with the swell, or whatever the nautical term is.
My top speed was 27mph @ 2200 RPM. On both times I went out with Tom before I purchased, he was easily able to get boat up to 30, @ same RPM. I really need to figure this whole tilt and trim thing out. I have a couple of switches with lights on them, and basically just keep the outdrive all the way down. Whenever I try to lift it up a little with the trim switch, the boat slows down. 27 is still pretty good, but I would really like to hit that 30.
Since my previous boat was a Novurania 420, I see quite a difference in the performance. There really is no comparison. The 420 was a great little calm water boat, but my 7M is definitely going to make me more comfortable when I am 40 miles out at sea, and coming home in a small craft advisory. I can't believe I actually did that in my Novurania.
I got hit in the face a couple of times with a fair amount of water, so when I do get my t top, I will have a windshield incorporated in that.
The boat is real loud. It has a stereo with it's own built in amplifier, and volume needs to be almost maxxed to hear it. I have a couple of round speakers in a box at my feet. I will look in to mounting them, possible small external amplifier, and some box speakers incorporated in my t top.
No idea on fuel consumption. I guess I should use the dip stick to check that . I'm still not dialed on the whole correct air pressure thing. I know I have a pretty bad leak in the port rear chamber, which I have to air up around once an hour, but I have to figure what is the proper set up to make sure I am not under/over inflated. I have two foot pumps. one electric pump, and two gauges, so I should be able to make this work.
Came back late in the afternoon, and it was much rougher. I first kept it at same speed, and then finally reduced to around 20. I don't know if the boat was getting air, but I definitely was. I haven't latched the engine console, or rear box down, so when I hit the big waves, I went airborne, and both the covers lifted. I believe the boat can take far more abuse than I can, but I slowed down. I don't enjoy that kind of ride. I will now start latching those covers down.
All things considered, I feel it was a successful first ocean run, and the boat performed like I had expected.
I wish I could share some pics, but I still can't figure out why they come out sideways.
Happy Sunday to all.
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Not familiar with the area so I google mapped it. Sounds like a fun run! I know you had a long wait to finally get a 7m so its good to hear a nice trip report. If you still had the smaller RIB, would you have done the trip in the same amount of time?
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Not familiar with the area so I google mapped it. Sounds like a fun run! I know you had a long wait to finally get a 7m so its good to hear a nice trip report. If you still had the smaller RIB, would you have done the trip in the same amount of time?
In flat water, I could have probably shaved a few minutes off of the time in the smaller boat. It was pretty quick, but I know I could not hold that speed in anything less than perfectly flat and calm conditions.
Once I learn how to work the tilt/trim functions correctly, I hope to be up to my target speed of 30mph at cruise.

Which one of your projects will hit the water first?
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Fun! We went out of Ventura today heading for Anacapa and had to turn back. Couldn't get above 15mph without catching air. Decided it wasn't a family dive day The boat could go on but not a day to be out for fun.

so my understanding is that with the engine trimmed parallel to the hull will get you the fastest speed. I figured out where that is on my trim meter on land and verified it on the water, set the throttle and move the trim around, you will see your speed change.

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Jason,

Can you get up on a plane at 15?

With an outboard, don't you just have the one tilt up/down switch?

I have the two switches, with no gauges. My understanding is that the tilt switch is for the big up and down movement, like if you are going to put the boat on a trailer, and the trim is for the fine tuning.

I keep the boat in a marina, but I have it on an airdock. The entire boat is out of the water, and I can see the out drive. Do you think I should lower the out drive until it appears parallel to the hull, and try it that way? I would imagine I could put a level on it if need be, but might be able to do it by eye.
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lower the outdrive all the way down and then when plane out raise it slightly until you see your mph raise up. You dont want to trim the outdrive too high

it sounds like you also have trim tabs on each side of the hull at the stern, is that correct?
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Parallel to the hull puts too much hull in the water. Trimming up reduces the wetted surface (and friction) and therefore you obtain higher speeds (until you trim too high and the boats becomes unstable).

Zip, your numbers seem pretty close to what I'd expect - 27 mph @ 2200 rpm seems reasonable. I've got a spreadsheet somewhere on my computer and look tomorrow. You could calculate the prop slip and see if it falls in the expected range (variables to plug in - 1:1 transmission, 1.54:1 outdrive, actual rpm, and observed speed. That will give you prop slip.). Search my name - I bet I posted a table of rpm versus speed and prop slip.
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lower the outdrive all the way down and then when plane out raise it slightly until you see your mph raise up. You dont want to trim the outdrive too high

it sounds like you also have trim tabs on each side of the hull at the stern, is that correct?
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That's exactly what I do, but when I try to bring the trim up, the boat slows down.
I do not have trim tabs.

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OK, when I get a chance I will look for your chart. My cruise speed is actually closer to 26 though. What I don't understand is how the two times you and I went out, you easily hit 30 @ 2200 in both the bay and the ocean, and I am not able to do that. I'm inclined to believe that I just don't have tilt/trim at right adjustment. I only have around 5 hours in the boat, and I guess I will just have to continue experimenting.
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The first thing I noticed upon exiting the channel is the hundreds of lobster traps, which are like land mines. Sometimes you only have a couple of seconds to react in order to miss them.
Still early in the season. This will go on through, what, February? March? Something like that. Then the abandoned traps' buoys will get coated with algae and be even harder to spot.


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The SD Bay is South of MB, so you are going downhill/with the current/with the swell, or whatever the nautical term is.
If you're talking long regular waves, it's swell. Wind generated local stuff is chop. Current is water moving in a direction en masse. "Downhill" generally means running in the same direction as swell. Some may use it (especially blowboaters) to mean downwind (which is not necessarily the same direction as swell.)



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I believe the boat can take far more abuse than I can, but I slowed down. I don't enjoy that kind of ride.
Most inflatables will take much more punishment than the pilot or passengers can (at least comfortably, which of course is a sliding scale.) But I know what you mean; looking back on how I used to run my boat when I first got it, I am much more judicious on speed in rough water now.

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You're pretty close to what I have on my spreadsheet.

Top data set is the back up aluminum prop I gave you.

Middle set is a 3 blade, 21" pitch that was 18 1/2 in diameter. Big prop, great fuel mileage. I wish I had tested it after I had adjusted the throttle cable - note I was only making 2580 rpm. Prop SOLD

Last set is what you have on the boat. In flat water, light load, I was getting 28 mph. 1 mph difference could easily be trim.
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