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Old 12 March 2012, 10:36   #1
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Car hire with towbar - tonight

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Does anyone know where I can hire a car with a tow bar tonight to pick a boat up? 300 mile round trip from Southampton.

I've tried all the usual places, cheapest I can find is a transit van with towbar for £70 - but fuel wise its going to cost £100 to go and get it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

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what u getting and where you going to ?
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Old 12 March 2012, 11:16   #3
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Folkestone.. and its the 3.2 honwave airdeck that was posted in the for sale section. The person I had with a car and tow bar can't use his car as planned :/
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Folkestone.. and its the 3.2 honwave airdeck that was posted in the for sale section. The person I had with a car and tow bar can't use his car as planned :/
I nice little set up and even at £1300 a decent price too..I was so tempted myself ...but its miles away ! .. I 'could' be interested in the boat if you are not planning to make use of it
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Folkestone.. and its the 3.2 honwave airdeck that was posted in the for sale section. The person I had with a car and tow bar can't use his car as planned :/
Did you spot it via my Linky to it on here or did you see it direct on site ?

Shame it wasn't closer to me as you'd not need the tow bar

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The plan is I am going to sell it on again, with my 8hp and the trailer and any other accessories it comes with... I mainly want the engine upgrade - and finding 15hp engines isn't easy!
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I must admit - it was from your link
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Lol - glad it helped. Does that mean I get a finders fee

Only slight put off was couldn't tell if it was short or long shaft, looks long in one pic but was on iPhone so hard to tell at the time

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I have the same boat - I spoke to the guy on the phone, says it can get 4 adults on the plane with the 15hp... thats good enough for me ... if not.. that engine will be going again too... but worth a try at least
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Also Peter - if you get stuck on anything to do with the discussions we've had before... then you know where I am
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I assume not me ( peter ) .....anyways did you get it ? Whats it like ?

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Its on its way to me now, should be here shortly

And was referring to Peter @ Boats&Outboards
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Its on its way to me now, should be here shortly

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Took me a moment to work that out ! But I assume your towing it !

How much to keep on driving another 30 miles down to Bournemouth ?
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Too late , its with me now - thanks Lee !

Not bad at all, boat looks in good shape, engine needs a little bit of grease, but should be fine - can't wait to try it out!

Will be for sale with 8hp soon...
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Well, we got around to taking the boat out this weekend, as it was the first time out, I decided to take both Honwaves out, with a friend driving my old setup.... It all went well, engine started first time, sounded a bit lumpy, but I was putting that down to the fact it hadn't been run for a while, and I hadn't serviced the engine yet. So we launched under the Itchen bridge, we were running side by side and then I thought I would try the speed out.

It increased revs slightly, but didn't get on plane .... I was then starting to think I've bought a duff engine... I thought maybe it was the choke.. but wasn't that... so I stopped the engine, and took engine cover off to see if I could see anything.. and thankfully found I hadn't connected one of the spark plugs back up!

Once I did that, and restarted the engine - the boat flew! I put two adults and two kids in the boat, 25L of fuel and it still popped on the plane and flew along nicely.

So this week, going to get the bits I need to service the engine, and aim to get out again ASAP

It pops up onto the plane really easily, and reminds me of the Zapcat now.

Thanks again Peter for finding the combo, and thanks Lee for bringing it down to me!

I will aim to get some photos of the package I'm selling soon.

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A bit late now I know, but for future reference, these guys have a ford ranger 4 wheel drive crew cab pickup (with towbar!) for £50 a day. I've used them a few times now, very handy.

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Thanks Tim, thats excellent, I am sure I will need a vehicle again at some point Now I have the bigger engine... I might have to see if I can get slight bigger SIB
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Uhh, yes, indeed.
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