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Old 30 August 2013, 16:28   #41
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Good on ya mate.

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Old 31 August 2013, 12:58   #42
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bloomin fantasidobi posts sir gurnard ,you are a genius ,im lovin i
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Old 31 August 2013, 15:09   #43
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Thanks for the kind comments guys and Im delighted you found it of some interest.

Of course, my DIY improvements are not just confined to my boats.

The 4x4 car got some DIY mods too. Nothing too drastic as I didn’t change or remove anything from the car but I thought it would be more useful for my needs as a kind of mini camper.

I made a wooden side panel with various pockets and holes in it so it provided better storage for a 5 gallon water container. The rear seats fold forward but stick up from the floor about a foot, so to get six foot sleeping room, I built a bed along the other side which is high enough to be over the folder rear seat. This was the first attempt.




This is my DIY sleeping platform mark 2. Its built on a large drawer that also has excellent storage and its a bit more robust than the first one. Everything is removable. The rear seats can be used and the sleeping platform fits in the back. I use the space between the platform and the side panel to transport my 2.6m seago inflatable and 3.3 mariner outboard.





Im now completely mobile and self sufficient for weekends away. After work on a Friday..I head for the north west .. park up for the night with the seago and outboard outside under the trapaulin.




Then after breakfast on the Saturday morning.. I go exploring in my inflatable ..or hill walking if it is too windy. I go home Sunday evening to get ready for work on the Monday.

Yup..its a hard life living on my own ..and semi retired :-D


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Old 31 August 2013, 15:15   #44
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Thats amazing, you should be on the telly hosting a DIY program

You certainly get about mate, glad to see that you are living life to the max
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Have you thought of getting a roof tent bit warmer than sleeping in the car
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Old 31 August 2013, 15:44   #46
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i did similar sort of thing in my peugeot van ,put a false floor in so everything could be stored there ,with a rod rack for 6 rods up above ,also placed a removable stand on the back doors for my cooker ,i could do a full english breakie no probs ,then beggared off down wales every friday night till sunday ,broke my heart haveing to sell that van ,i even had a wine rack in it lol
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Old 31 August 2013, 16:27   #47
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You certainly get about mate, glad to see that you are living life to the max
Yup..I certainly get about in my small boats..and go many places that should only be for the big boats.

But know what you are doing.. pick the weather well.. and have an adventuresome spirit.. and you can get there too.

Some of my recent highlights were going along the Duirinish coast of North West Skye in my small harshell boat .. it is only 12ft long and little more than a rowing boat. Power is a 4hp engine but I always go to sea with two engines.. after all.. I don’t like taking chances.




Ailsa Craig ....looking down on the lighthouse and my little hardshell boat anchored off the point. Its a 10mile open sea crossing to get there.




Circumnavigating the Islands of Gigha and Cara ..of the Mull of Kintyre in my 2.6m Seago SIB



Circumnavigating the Summer Isles in my 2.6m Seago SIB. It got surprisingly bouncy later that day. When it gets too rough..I just land and sit it out.




Now that I have the 4.3 meter SIB and a decent engine ... well ... the world is now my oyster :-D
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Your a king mate, that image with the water and car is cool.
Great posts.

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Your defiantly right having 2 engines is a good choice.

But any ideas how I can get my 2 engines onto my boat?
X1 25hp Johnson
X1 mercury 3.3hp

The transom doesn't seem to be wide enough. Sometimes I just carry it in the front also adds ballast
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Your defiantly right having 2 engines is a good choice.

But any ideas how I can get my 2 engines onto my boat?
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I have never had a problem trying to fit an Aux engine to the SIBS. But Its mostly small light two strokes that I have ..so four strokes may be an issue ..both with weight and size ?

I think its best to have the aux engine on the transom..if the combined weight of Aux plus main does not exceed the manufacturers recommendation on engine weight. It keeps it out the way..but if you need it.. it is just a case of dropping her down and starting it up. I wouldn’t like to try fitting an aux in a little boat in a bouncy sea, near rocks if the main stopped working.

So saying.. in all my years boating..I have only used the aux once. That was when I snapped the sheer pin on the prop when it hit a huge jelly fish just below the surface. I guess the jelly fish had eaten something more substantial that plankton for it to be firm enough to sheer the pin.. or perhaps the pin was ready to go anyway ? Do any of you change the sheer pins in your small aux outboards at the end of the season ? I have found that they have a tendency to weaken with time. Strangely enough.. the manuals don’t suggest changing them.. but for a pound .. it gives me peace of mind..and I always carry a spare sheer pin.
On The Gurnard, I had to unglue part of the “triangular patch of PVC” at the corner of the transom. I then rolled the loose end up and tied it off with a cable tie. This allowed ample room for the Aux engine. I couldn’t see the triangle of PVC providing much strength to the transom tube fitting and presumed it was only there to stop splash back from the main engine. I didn’t have any splash back, so it is not a problem for me rolling the patch back.



On the small 2.6 Seago..I made a small wooden mount for the Aux it fit on. Its tight with space but by keeping the tiller handle of the Aux turned away from the main engine..they don’t bind. The aux is not fitted in this photo..so you can see the lighter grey wooden mount on the transom where it will attach... at the correct angle too.




Of course if you use launching wheels..they cause all sorts of problems ..including where to fit the Aux engine. I don’t use launch wheels as I consider them expensive fashion items for SIBS. They are a damned ugly accessory too but that is only my opinion, so you are free to disagree. The Gurnard came with a set and they were the first thing that I removed. Ok I appreciate they make life easy launching or recovering the boat .. so what do I use ? Roller boats :-D

They are inflatable rollers that you roll your boat over. Deflate them and they will fit in a small space out the way. They roll over both rough ground and soft mud with equal ease. But best of all..they are a fraction of the cost of Launch wheels. Google “inflatable roller boats” and you will find them for 20 squid each. You can see a roller boat at the rear of my hard shell boat. Its best to have two so you can roll the heavy SIB on top of them.



I always know the state of the tide when I land as I don’t want my heavy SIB stranded on the beach without any means to move her on my own. Its no problem if the tide is rising..cos it cant get stuck. But if it is falling..then I either land in deep water..as in the photo below, or I throw an anchor out before landing. The anchor will be attached to a long loop of rope..so I can land ..get off the SIB .. tie the sib onto one side of the loop rope ..haul it into deeper water by pulling the other side of the loop rope and then secure the loop rope to the beach..if that makes sense .



Doing all that means you don’t necessary need launch wheels..after all ..larger boats don’t have them .. and having an Aux fitted is far more important ..IMO
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