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Old 03 October 2013, 09:08   #1
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East Anglia / Suffolk SIB'ers....

Hello all,

I'm new here.

After having many boats abroad in Spain, myself and a friend recently decided to get a 3.3m SIB with a 15hp Yamaha. We have the boat, and engine, and just need to pick up a fuel tank and two nice lifejackets now to be able to try out our setup.

Eventually we plan to do some sea fishing, on those perfect weather days we get so many of

Are there any local SIB'ers who go out regularly who would like some company. Safety in numbers Ect.?

It would be nice to be shown some of the spots as well!
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Old 03 October 2013, 10:57   #2
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Hi There, I am out most weekends on the Orwell.
Slightly bigger than a SIB, but keep an eye for me

Where do you plan on launching from?

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Old 03 October 2013, 11:04   #3
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Hi Will....

initially I have been thinking about launching at Ramsholt if I can get the tides and weather to tie up. We need to try out the engine and get some trust in it first as it was bought as a non runner that I have repaired and serviced.

Then it will be a case of launching anywhere of interest off of the coast? Wlberswick, Aldeburgh, Southwold, Sizewell?

Are there any good foot launch SIB spots on the Orwell?

For starters we need somewhere with a fairly slack tide, and a fairly reasonable window of opportunity to test out the engine... if it fails on us we would like to be able to row to safety.... Although I do have an old seagull engine I could take as a spare....
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Old 03 October 2013, 13:24   #4
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Hi alien, I'm new to this forum too, I've launched at the Waldringfield Maybush and headed up to the Ramsholt arms for lunch then headed up to Felixstowe, I left the arms around an hour before low tide without too much mud or problems.

If your planning any weekend trips post it up and I'll try to come along
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Sweet!

I don't suppose your's is the Honwave that was at Andy Seedhouse is it?
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Yeah it is that boat, despite hearing all sorts of things about seedhouse boats this is my second from him and I really can't complain! That said it does help that I have access to a full workshop and I love projects.

Did you see the sorry looking boat when it was in the yard there?
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Yes I did... I reckon it was a bargain with that engine. Did you get a trailer too as he had talked about throwing one in the package or did you knock some money off?

I need to go their tomorrow and get a fuel tank for my outfit!

Does the boat roll up and fit in the car ok? that was my main concern!
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I haggled him down quite a bit as the engine wouldn't idle very well. I got it home and stripped the carb and fuel lines and now it's perfect if not a bit too much for the honwave. An identical engine sold on eBay at 700 2 weeks ago I tried deflating the boat for transport but the valves stuck a bit on reinflation so I now leave it inflated as I take it on my pickup truck.

Do you car transport your boat or is it trailered?
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I'm yet to take mine out but I will be putting it in the boot of the car and inflating on site.

Hoping I might get out on Sat or Monday if the weathers good.....
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I bought a bravo hi-pressure electric pump to inflate the air floor and ringo at the water - it's been great compared to hand pumping and I leave the tubes inflated.

I was planning to try Mersea island this weekend but I don't know how good it is for your trial run. I found Orford is the easiest launch in ours and if the tide is not running too hard near HT or LT I can paddle ours with two people and our dog
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