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Old 23 September 2018, 03:38   #1
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Excel volante 330

Been to boat show at Southampton and bought myself a excel volante 330, with a 9.9 mariner outboard, never had one before so starting from scratch, been kayaking for years but thought I would like to try something else, could any one give me good launching places , rivers, on the sea southcoast
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Old 23 September 2018, 05:34   #2
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Welcome to the world of sibbing.

If bought new at the boat show I'm guessing you have the same Mariner 9.9 as mine which is proving perfect for our current needs.

The are a few current and past Excel owners on here and they seem to be a well regarded SIB.

The whole of the south coast is a pretty large area... whereabouts is within easy reach for you? My south coast sibbing experience is limited to the last two year's holidays... Teignmouth in Devon and Fowey in Cornwall.
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Old 23 September 2018, 06:00   #3
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Hi our local area we use are Poole, swanage, Bournemouth, Weymouth, we do travel to different areas as we have a touring caravan, just looking for easy good places to launch, don't want to spend loads of money on proper launch ramps

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Old 23 September 2018, 06:26   #4
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Ahh OK that area is outside my recent smallcraft experience but there are loads on here who operate in those places.

But I would say don't automatically avoid slipways that charge... sometimes they offer easy clean safe launches and occasionally other facilities.
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Old 23 September 2018, 07:19   #5
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Thanks, can't wait to try it out, I just love the water, don't get boat & engine until 4 weeks time
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Hi combat welcome to the firm that is a good out fit you have and you should have hours of fun on her if you treat her nice
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Hi combat welcome to the firm that is a good out fit you have and you should have hours of fun on her if you treat her nice
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Great boat. Although I sold mine to make way for a larger Zodiac they are very capable. Some footage of mine on this forum from the Scottish trip.

Enjoy!
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Old 23 September 2018, 14:35   #9
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[QUOTE=Gazzago;782781]Great boat. Although I sold mine to make way for a larger Zodiac they are very capable. Some footage of mine on this forum from the Scottish trip.



Just found your footage, it looked like you all had a fantastic trip, well done
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I couldn't fault my Excel 390 in terms of quality, better than Honwave or Suzumar IMHO. And because yours is smaller the 9.9hp will go so much better than if you had purchased it with a larger boat.

We have had six weeks of boating heaven this year and last in Salcombe. Was able to lock the boat under the South Sands beach hotel for free. Pretty secure and an easy launch point. We also launched for free at Dartmouth and Plymouth which are within easy reach, then you have rivers Dart, Yealm and Tamar to explore.

Wherever you go watch out for headlands where you often find tidal races and resulting overfalls which can be quite dangerous for the unwary.

Powerboat level 2 course was well worthwhile as was purchase of handheld vhf.

P.S. Salcombe also has a reasonably priced Mariner dealership who would give your engine it's first service.
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