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Old 01 April 2012, 14:11   #1
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best day out in ages!

I just wanted to take a moment to thank all those that have offered me some guidance in my first forays in sibbing! After owning the boat for bang on four months it was time, and what a blast, I had all the gear I needed, lifejackets, radio etc etc....and felt safe as houses, the only bit of advice I didn't listen to very well .........everyday in a sib is a wet day!

Next time will certainly take out my wet gear...but all was fine the sun was out so we dried out pretty quick.

The boat is a zodiac 3.4 fastroller with a mercury 9.9, its fine 2 up but on my own virtually impossible to get any speed up as I just can't get far enough forward for it too not look like a cartoon speed boat....nose up 2 feet in the air! When there was 2 of us onboard got a nice bit of speed up, it felt like it popped onto the plane as it definitely smoothed out a bit then.

Had a couple of problems with the trim, mostly due to my own incompetence, however all in a largely successful day.

Most important lesson learnt though, get within 5 metres of any water for setting up as its just too much for me and swmbo to move over sand, the plastic wheels no good for sand. We launched from jaywick on the Essex coast...really nice and a nice run into the tide in the afternoon for my final soaking!

Next weekends trip will be off into Harwich harbour, going to pit my little zodiac against the biggest container ships about!

Once again thanks for dome great help and advice, all my reading here made for such a pleasurable day.

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Old 01 April 2012, 14:25   #2
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but on my own virtually impossible to get any speed up as I just can't get far enough forward for it too not look like a cartoon speed boat....nose up 2 feet in the air!
600mm Telescopic Tiller Extension. Problem solved.

Sounds fun, BTW.
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Old 01 April 2012, 14:34   #3
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600mm Telescopic Tiller Extension. Problem solved.

Sounds fun, BTW.
I use one of these, does the job.
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Old 01 April 2012, 14:56   #4
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you`ll know when your `on the plane ` a great days activity for not a lot of dough...tiller extension is a must along with rib wheels , look at my album to see how handy they are ,i can manage the boat by myself with those
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Old 02 April 2012, 03:33   #5
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Whereabouts in Jaywick did you launch?

Often thought about sticking our Fastroller in there - there's some pretty good fishing along that stretch of coast, and not too far out.

Coincidentally, we usually fish out from Harwich / Felixstowe in our Futura.
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We went off the beach at jaywick, from the ramp thats on boatlaunch, it was in honesty too far with our boat across the beach with the small plastic launch wheels, its just too hard for the two lf us to move along!

On saturday we are going to go off the ramp at harwich next to the sailing club there, its got parking right next to it and is cheap/free! I had there on sunday and most of the ramp only has 1cm or so of sand over it so will be easier to move it over that than the deep sand on a beach!

looking forward to checking out the giant ships down there, hopefully at some stage will get some fishing in, do you reckon there could be good fishing off jaywick then? Would maybe launch from brightlingsea next time and pop round the corner to jaywick as that seems much less grief than that drag over the beach!

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So we went from Harwich today from the little slip next to the sailing club down there, it was much easier than the previous jaywick fiasco! I can drive the car and trailer right onto the ramp there unhitch it and get set up nicely, I just need to master reversing the trailer now! Had a little dink in a petrol station earlier!

It was too cold for swmbo really so she got out and went for coffee whilst I carried on, I'm wondering now quite what a boat this size can take, it was a little choppy even within the harbour area so we didn't venture out, but I know also I don't want to push too hard and get into trouble.

So if anyone else has a sib and fancies a jolly from Harwich some time I would love to meet up and learn a few things!

BBC weather described the sea state as wavelets becoming slight, I would say that's how it was, is that about the limit of what I should take the sib out in? Next time ill know if it says worse than that stay home and watch the tv!

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I may be interested in a meet-up, mate.

The Fastroller is ready to go for some singlehanded fishing trips, but I only run it with a 4hp Yamaha - so possibly a bit pedestrian if you fancy a proper jaunt / tide's fishing upriver (loads of bass on the right tides & conditions).

If you fancy spreading your wings a little I'll take the Futura along, instead, but will require a hand launching & retrieving.

PS. Nearly headed to Jaywick with the Fastroller on Sunday night. Decided to shore fish the River Crouch instead.
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