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Old 23 April 2018, 13:01   #1
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Aerotec 380 maiden voyage

Hi All,
I took my pre owned 2006 Bombard Aerotec 380 and 15hp 2-stroke Mercury for its maiden voyage on Sunday
I launched from Fambridge Yacht Haven in Essex and I have to say what a lovely environment, facilities, and everyone was friendly and welcoming
Took me about half an hour to unpack everything from the car, inflate using bravo BP12, put Zodiac Futura launch wheels on, and put all my gear in the boat etc.
Had a lovely time on the river Crouch and the boat and engine performed really well.
It was really fun and I feel a lot more confident having taken the boat out (I owe you all some photos; havenít forgotten
However a couple of observations and challenges I wonder if any of you could help me with:

1) I left the transom drain bungs out while launching the boat but was a little alarmed to see water coming in while launching so I put them back in for rest of journey and until I drained the boat back ashore. No more water entered the boat while underway

My question is are these intended to be uni directional and thus potentially faulty? Or is it that yes a small amount will enter when boat is stationary but will drain when angle of boat steepens when underway? Advice and or tips gratefully received!

2) I found the zodiac Futura launch wheels a challenge to use. What is the ideal technique? I assume launching then tying to a pontoon and removing when in suitable depth of water and doing this in reverse on return? But what if no pontoon? And when underway, where is the best place to stow them? Again, any tips or advice gratefully received.

In summary, I was really impressed with the Aerotec and Mercury combination and it handled well and I felt confident despite it being somewhat breezy (15 mph south westerly). I cannot wait to get back out and next stop will be West Mersea in Essex following some great insight from Fenlander

Many thanks
Chris
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Old 23 April 2018, 14:02   #2
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Chris,

Great to hear you've been out with the new setup.

The transom drains have a crude flap valve and with the plugs out they will usually allow water to creep (or flow) in unless they are above water when on the plane... and even then the confused wake from an Aerotec can at time come in although they do usually drain far more than letting in on the plane. As a matter of interest I don't ever travel with the bungs out and just use them when lifting the boat at the bow to drain as we pull it up the slip.

I have the same Zodiac monster wheel as you. I never travel with them as we rarely need to pull out at any destination... I carry large inflatable rollers for the chance we get stuck in foreign parts.

So (bear in mind I always wear wet suit trousers) I push the boat into the water and when it's deep enough for the weight to be off the wheels I walk round to the transom and unbolt each wheel at a time putting them in the boat. Then I pull the boat (now with less draft) back to the slip lifting the bow just out of the water so it doesn't float away. Then give transom wheels to Mrs F who takes them to the car.

Reverse procedure at the end of the day.

My rollers are on post #45 of this thread...

Inflatable boat rollers.

The only problem handling the Zodiac legs is the massive buoyancy of those large tyres making it a little difficult to push them underwater and find the lug posn. I solved this by changing to sandhopper type wheels which have a flat rubber tyre with no air and negative buoyancy... so much easier.

See my OCD driven search for my ideal transom wheels!

Best wheels/tyres for transom wheels.

Did you experience much of the dreaded Aerotec wake splashback?

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Hi Fenlander
Many thanks for the swift response
Noted re the bungs and those sand hopper wheels would make life a lot easier. Do you think they would slot straight into the OE Zodiac axels 25.1mm axels without any modification?
I was expecting the worst regarding the splash back but it was actually fine even at WOT. Incredible given how low the stern of the boat sits when in the water - my wife even commented on how low it looked
Thanks again for your advice
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Mine are approx 25mm axles and the sandhoppers are a decent fit re dia. They are narrower than the OE Zodiac wheels on my set though so you can see I have added extra washers so they don't slide about the axle too much... 5 as seen in the image and 2 on the other side.

These are the type... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-x-Dingh...%3D&rmvSB=true
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Re how low it sits in the water this is ours (leaving Brightlingsea to return to Mersea slip) at displacement speed with two adults, light teen and dog. Note to the left side of the image the black cone end cap is just going under the disturbed water of the wake.
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Brilliant, thank you Fenlander
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Well done - superb combo and the best of the 2 stroke 15's IMHO - leverless tilt/trim and gear on the tiller is a joy! The Merc/Mariner 15 on a 380 like most 15's does normally need a 20 - 25mm batten under the engine clamps to lessen the splash and give best performance. Worth a try next time.

We never use the bungs - any water that gets in just comes out on the plane.

We nearly always leave launching wheels on shore.

Pic of batten and wheels here:

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Thanks Max. Yes Iíve read about the batten but canít picture it. Is it literally a piece 20-25mm timber between the clamps and transom plate? Or on top of the transom/directly underneath the engine so it sits higher?
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See link above!

And more pics towards bottom of page here - just a wooden batten, sprayed black and siliconed to the transom so easy to peel off or whatever.

Rigging an Aerotec

You cannot raise it more than that without major modding or the inner clamps will be too high on the inner metal transom plate.
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Apologies Max! Got it now
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